ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A convicted felon who filed suit Tuesday because he was beaten and kicked by two former APD officers in a violent arrest several years ago, was arrested again Wednesday. This time, Nicholas Blume is facing a federal charges.
Surveillance video showing Blume getting kicked in the head in 2011 is the basis for his lawsuit against those former officers.
On Wednesday, after his arrest by APD and federal agents, Blume told KRQE News 13, “another police brutality,” as he was being loaded into the police transport van.
Blume is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm the day after he announced he’s suing two former APD officers for what he said is excessive force in the 2011 arrest.
Surveillance video captured one officer repeatedly kicking the suspected truck thief while the other officer held him down. Those two officers, Robert Woolever and John Doyle, were fired.
After Wednesday’s arrest, Blume’s attorney, Ray Twohig, told KRQE News 13, “I have no idea what the circumstances of his arrest were. I do not know how the police treated him at all.”
According to a criminal complaint, Blume’s girlfriend told police Monday that Blume punched her in the face and broke her nose after she confronted him about having guns in her apartment.
When police searched the woman’s apartment, Blume was gone, but there was a semi-automatic rifle loaded with 72 rounds in the closet.
The woman told police the rifle belonged to Blume.
On Wednesdsay, police said a tip led them to an intersection in northeast Albuquerque, where they found Blume with a gun and arrested him.
Blume’s attorney said it’s too early to tell how Wednesday’s arrest may affect his lawsuit.
“He won’t be as available to work on the case with me, but I’ll just have to go see him in jail,” said Twohig.
As of Wednesday evening, Twohig said he hadn’t yet spoken to Blume.
Blume has a lengthy criminal history, including aggravated battery. Police said he had a gun in a stolen truck during that 2011 arrest, but those charges in that case were dropped.
The officers fired for the 2011 arrest are appealing their firings.