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Isleta Pueblo Man Charged with Two Counts of Assault

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced today that Ryan Jacob Garcia was arraigned on an indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Garcia, 28, of Isleta and an enrolled member of the Isleta Pueblo, will remain on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

A federal grand jury indicted Garcia on May 24, 2023. According to the indictment and other court records, on December 23, 2022, Isleta Police Department officers responded to an alert of a drunk driver entering the Isleta Pueblo reservation. Officers located that car at a residence within the exterior boundaries of the Isleta Pueblo. Family members had already detained the driver, identified as Garcia, who was intoxicated, belligerent, and physically aggressive. Officers detained Garcia and began to move him towards a police truck, at which point Garcia bit an Isleta Police Department officer on the shoulder, through the officer’s long-sleeved shirt. The officer worked through the pain to detain Garcia but had to seek medical intervention for his injury immediately afterwards.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Garcia faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Isleta Police Department investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary C. Jones is prosecuting the case.

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Updated June 12, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-127