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Man from Mescalero faces federal assault charge

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

ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Cisco Joseph Bob, III, 22, of Mescalero, New Mexico, appeared in federal court on Jan. 20 for a preliminary and detention hearing on a charge of assault of a federal officer. Bob will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to a criminal complaint, on Oct. 22, 2021, Bob allegedly assaulted a federal officer while being arrested and transported to a nearby hospital for his injuries on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Law enforcement arrived at Bob’s residence after he had called 911 for help regarding sustained injuries. Law enforcement discovered Bob at his mother’s house behind his residence, allegedly bleeding and intoxicated. While being arrested for intoxication, which is a violation of the Mescalero Apache Tribal Code, Bob allegedly physically resisted arrest, and began to spit blood at law enforcement. His sister, Irene Bob, was also arrested during the incident for assault and domestic violence.

A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Bob faces up to eight years in prison.

The Las Cruces Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matilda McCarthy Villalobos is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 2, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 22-21