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Wedding party brawl ends in handcuffs, charges

Two New Mexico men involved in a post-wedding reception brawl were arrested early Sunday morning at a popular hotel in Las Cruces.

Mario A. Saiz, 36, and Paul Calderon, 41, were charged with one count each of aggravated assault on a peace officer; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Saiz was also charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and attempting to disarm a police.

At around 2 a.m. Las Cruces Police were dispatched to Hotel Encanto at 705 S. Telshor Blvd. where there was a fight between seven to eight men inside the Azul nightclub. Officers at the scene said a brawl erupted in the club following a wedding reception and hotel security was not able to handle the large gathering.

Officers were told that as Saiz left the club he punched a woman in the face, knocking her down to the ground, where she laid unconscious until after paramedics arrived.

Police tried to take Saiz into custody, but said he refused the officer's commands and tried to take the officer's baton, a police official. Calderon tried helping Saiz escape the officer's grasp, according to police.

Both men eventually were placed under arrest.

The woman struck by Saiz was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The officers were not seriously injured.

Saiz and Calderon were booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bonds set at $10,000 each.



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