Bayard councilman arrested for battery

GRANT COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – On Wednesday, the New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau arrested Bayard City Councilman Armando Arzola on aggravated assault and battery charges.

The arrest came after a criminal complaint with allegations that Arzola attacked a neighbor with an expandable baton or bat on Sept. 11, 2014.

The neighbor was injured on his left cheek and right hand during the incident.

Agents also executed a search warrant on Arzola’s house and collected evidence from the scene. Arzola was booked into the Grant County Detention Center on a $5,000 unsecured bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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