LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Another Albuquerque police officer is accused of assaulting his pregnant wife.
The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office charged APD officer Jared Foulk with battery and assault on Monday. According to deputies, the charges stem from a weekend fight between the officer and his wife.
Investigators say sometime after 9 p.m. Friday, Foulk got in an argument with his wife at their home near Los Lunas. According to the complaint, the victim told deputies that the altercation began after she grabbed Foulk’s cellphone. According to the complaint, in an attempt to get the cellphone back, the victim says Foulk shoved her to the floor.
“Grabbed her by the wrist, she wound up on the floor between a couch and an end table,” said Capt. Gary Hall with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim told deputies that she slapped Foulk as he was standing over her. According to the complaint, that's when the struggle ended and Foulk allegedly began yelling at the victim in front of their 2 year-old son.
“Derogatory comments indicting that he should continue beating her,” said Hall.
Deputies say Foulk’s wife had minor physical injuries and that her unborn child was not hurt.
“[She] did complain of some tenderness in the elbow, she was checked out, there is some light bruising there,” said Hall.
Due to changed in state law, Hall says deputies could not arrest Foulk because he wasn’t on the scene and that the injuries to the alleged victim were not severe.
“He has not been arrested he will be summonsed into court to explain his side of it to the judge and the judge can listen and make whatever determination he wants to at that point,” said Hall.
APD says officer Foulk is now on paid administrative assignment pending the outcome of the Valencia County Sheriff's Office's investigation and APD’s Internal Affairs investigation. APD says it does not comment on pending investigations.
The Valencia County Sheriff's Office says Foulk make his first court appearance sometime in the next 10 to 30 days.
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