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Continuance granted in case involving LANL employee, accused of pistol whipping

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Crime > Defendant also is an Española city councilor

By Tris DeRoma

A northern New Mexico city councilor and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was charged with aggravated battery and assault after deputies say he pistol whipped a man and shot at his vehicle. He also was charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested Española City Councilor Eric Radosevich this week in connection with a bizarre altercation at a Pojoaque gas station June 21.
According to authorities, Radosevich, 43, was among a group of men who got into an argument with a man at the Kicks 66 gas station after someone was spotted “flirting” with the man’s wife.
Also charged was Benjamin Duran, 29, of Santa Fe and Samuel Garcia, 51, of Española.
The victim, later identified as David Perez, 35, of Santa Fe, pulled a baseball bat out of his pickup truck to confront the man talking to his wife but was chased back into his vehicle by three or four men from another pickup, a white Chevrolet, authorities said.
Deputies said Perez and his wife later drove to the Roadrunner Cafe in Pojoaque but was followed by the white Chevrolet. Radosevich, the driver of the pickup, “approached victim with black (semi-automatic) handgun and hit him with the butt of the gun on the back of his head two to three times, and fired two or three shots toward (his) vehicle,” the deputy’s report said.
Perez was not seriously injured, authorities said.
According to the N.M. Courts website, Radosevich was represented by attorney Antonio Juan Salazar and they had a court date Wednesday in Santa Fe Magistrate Court. According to the website, they filed for a continuance which was granted.
Radosevich was initially arraigned June 26 in front of Santa Fe magistrate court judge George Anaya. The next court date is scheduled for Aug. 6 before magistrate court judge David Anthony Segura.
Radosevich was booked into Santa Fe County jail after the incident and was released June 27, according to the jail website. He was released on $25,000 bail.
Española Mayor Alice Lucero said she couldn’t comment on the matter.
Radosevich serves as chairman of the city’s Community Services and Development Committee, which addresses parks and recreation, libraries and arts.
Radosevich also serves as an alternate to Lucero on the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.
He was elected to a four-year term in 2013. The lab said it would not discuss Radosevich’s status.