Regional
1:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Restraining Order Issued Against Roundhouse Guard

A judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a New Mexico State Capitol security guard at the request of a state lawmaker.

The order issued this week by Judge Sheri Raphaelson commands that Algin Mendez "stay at least 100 yards away" from Rep. Debbie Rodella's workplace and "not threaten, alarm or annoy" her.

Mendez was fired from the state police a few years ago for failing to take a report from a domestic violence victim. He then resigned as a deputy with Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office after news reports in 2011 showed video of him being unruly, drunk and violent at a casino.

Rodella's husband, Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella, became sheriff while Mendez was a deputy.

The state Law Enforcement Academy Board later rescinding the law enforcement license for Mendez.

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