Former deputy arrested for aggravated stalking

SAN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A former deputy was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated stalking after his estranged wife posted alarming messages about him on Facebook.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Steve Saiz, 56, had sent threatening text messages to the estranged wife for days, saying he would kill her, then himself. He also called numerous times and the woman had obtained an order of protection against him, but deputies had been unable to locate Saiz.

On Wednesday, he pulled into his garage in Bloomfield, the Sheriff’s Office says, and detectives secured a search warrant. Saiz ended up in a standoff with SWAT, but eventually, he surrendered peacefully and was taken to the hospital after he admitted he’d taken about 30 muscle relaxers.

He is now booked in the San Juan Detention Center. His bond is set at $10,000 cash only.

The Sheriff’s Office says Saiz was on their radar for a while after he was arrested in 2008 for firing shots near the home of another estranged wife. At that time, he was terminated from the Sheriff’s Office.

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