Hobbs police officer accused of falsifying reports

HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE)- A police officer accused of doing something pretty offensive to his fellow officers will likely take a plea deal next week.

Investigators say he put his name on other officers’ arrest reports to get the credit.

His fellow officers say they caught him forging records last year by substituting his name for the actual arresting officers on their police reports.

“I was able to clearly prove that he went into the computer and changed two different officers and made himself the arresting officer,” Said Andrea Reeb, ninth judicial district attorney.

According to the criminal complaint, after being caught, Arnulfo Rojas admitted to altering the police reports and that both arrest reports in question were altered after the entry had been made into the system

When asked why he did it, Rojas did not have an answer, but the district attorney thinks she knows why.

“My take on it was that he had been told by supervisors that he was not an aggressive cop and he didn’t make a lot of arrests and unless his arrests kind of went up, it would lessen his chance of ever being promoted,” said Reeb.

Some Hobbs residents, like Claudia Huerta,  still can’t believe Rojas would do something like this

“He was always good to the community, he was always you know a good officer. I mean, I don’t know him personally, but I don’t think he did all those accusations,” said Huerta.

Others don’t see why he had to do it in the first place

“There are enough people committing offenses that you shouldn’t have to fake anything, You should be able to find people on every street corner that are breaking the law,” said Monalea Michal, Hobbs resident.

Rojas is facing two felony charges for tampering with public records, but is expected to take a plea deal Monday.

He doesn’t work for Hobbs police anymore and he’s lost his license to be a police officer in the state.

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