Taos Police officer charged after dispute with wife

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 1/16/20

A Taos Police officer was charged with a misdemeanor last week after he was accused of taking his wife's cellphone away when she attempted to dial 911 during an argument at her home on Jan. 10.

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Taos Police officer charged after dispute with wife

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A Taos Police officer was charged with a misdemeanor last week after he was accused of taking his wife's cellphone away when she attempted to dial 911 during an argument at her home on Jan. 10.

A Taos County Sheriff's sergeant arrested Officer Gabriel Blea for interference with communications after investigating the incident at the Arroyo Hondo home, where Blea's wife and child reside.

Blea told Sergeant Jason Rael that he and his wife are separated. Their disagreement that evening grew out of a dispute over his child visitation rights, he said.

Blea's wife, Marissa Abeyta, said Blea had entered the home wanting to see his child when the argument escalated. When she asked him to leave the home, she said Blea refused. As she attempted to dial 911, she said Blea took her cellphone away from her.

As she tried to retrieve the phone, she stubbed her shin on a bed frame in the home "and sustained a slight injury to her left leg," Rael wrote in a probable cause statement. Rael concluded that there was no evidence to support a charge of assault or battery against the officer.

Rael wrote that Blea admitted to taking the phone during an interview with Rael, "and stated he knew he messed up and gave it back."

Taos Police Chief David Trujillo said his department is currently conducting an internal investigation into the allegations that have been made against Blea.

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