RATON, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say a Raton United States postal worker was beat and left for dead Wednesday morning by a man using a brick as a weapon.
It happened after 10 a.m. in the 600 block of North 2nd Street; that’s just half a mile from the Raton Post Office on Park Avenue.
When police got to the scene, they found 62-year-old David Boyer, a postal worker from Trinidad, Colorado, face down on the ground. Officers say he was bleeding from the head.
“He had a cut to the back of his head, he was bleeding, when he fell face down, he broke his nose,” Raton Police Chief John Garcia said.
Just a few hundred feet away in the 100 block of West Maxwell, police saw 29-year-old Cody Martinez walking with a brick in his hand. Police believe Martinez beat Boyer with the brick.
“Paranoia and possible drug use,” Garcia said about Marintez. “Stated that the mailman was a federal agent and that he was watching him and that he was going to put a stop to that.”
With “several serious injuries,” Boyer was first taken to Miners’ Colfax Medical Center. He was later transported to a Pueblo, Colorado hospital where he remains.
“I would say his condition would probably be stated as serious at this point, we haven’t receievd an update for quite a few hours,” Garcia said.
Martinez was taken to Vigil Maldonado Detention Center in Raton. He’s been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. He will also face federal charges because Boyer is a federal employee.
“It’s a shame that a public servant is out doing his job and has to be attacked in such a manner,” Garcia said.