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Albuquerque Man Sentenced for Conviction on Misdemeanor Charge of Assaulting a Federal Officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Joe J. Zambrano, 55, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to six months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer in the performance of their official duties.


Zambrano was charged in a criminal complaint with assaulting, resisting or impeding federal officers, and providing false information to law enforcement officers on Jan. 15, 2017, in Bernalillo County, N.M. According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 15, 2017, Zambrano attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon against Park Rangers of the National Park Service during a routine traffic stop within the Petroglyph National Monument. Zambrano then provided a false name, birthdate and social security number to the Park Rangers in response to their request for Zambrano’s identification information.


Zambrano subsequently was charged by a misdemeanor information on Jan. 18, 2017, with assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. On March 1, 2017, Zambrano pled guilty to the information. and admitted that on Jan. 15, 2017, he nearly struck a Park Rangers with his vehicle while attempting to flee from two Park Rangers. Zambrano further admitted that he ignored the Park Rangers’ verbal commands that he stop his vehicle.


This case was investigated by the National Park Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eva Fontanez.

Updated June 6, 2017