Staff reports, Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 12:35 p.m. MT May 21, 2019
LAS CRUCES – A defendant who’s accused of raping a teenage family member stirred a ruckus during a hearing in 3rd Judicial District Court when he appeared to fight with security officers.
Sigmund Gomez, 39, of Las Cruces was in court the morning of Monday, May 20 for a detention hearing.
KFOX TV captured video footage of Gomez, who initially begins struggling with and yelling at one uniformed officer in the courtroom. Gomez, wearing an orange jumpsuit, is in handcuffs.
A second court security officer then rushes to help control Gomez, who, although handcuffed, wildly throws his weight around as the two officers push him toward the detainee exit in the courtroom. As the chaotic scene continues with crying heard in the background, Gomez appears to bite one officer.
The struggle continues, as three more Doña Ana County officers rush in to help the others.
Asked about the incident later in the day, Doña Ana County spokeswoman Kelly Jameson replied: “No deputies or court security officers were injured in the scuffle. The defendant suffered a bloody lip, but refused medical attention. He was subsequently charged with resisting/obstructing.”
Gomez is already facing charges for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting a teenage family member over the course of two years. He’s charged with eight second-degree felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and four fourth-degree felony counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
In a related case, Sara Ybarra, 35, is also charged for allegedly failing to report abuse of the teen.
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