Man accused in attack

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By The Staff

A Buena Vista man was arrested for allegedly attacking another man and threatening to kill him.

Norman P. DeHerrera, 45, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing identity.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, state police officers were called on Aug. 19 to Buena Vista because of a report that one man was running away from another. At milepost 21 on N.M. Highway 518, officers saw the alleged victim, Robert Vigil, near a van. Vigil had blood on the front of his shirt, his mouth and the palm of his right hand, police said.

Vigil told officers that DeHerrera had cut off some of his hair outside a house and then slapped him a few times, court documents state. Then DeHerrera threatened to kill Vigil, police said.

When police got to the house, they spoke with a highly intoxicated DeHerrera, who changed his story several times, according to the complaint. DeHerrera told officers that he told Vigil to leave his property but he denied cutting the victim’s hair.

Officers saw a knife in plain view in the kitchen and found locks of hair near a tree. Then DeHerrera said he was never even near Vigil, documents state.

The officers arrested DeHerrera and asked him for his full name and date of birth at the Las Vegas state police office. He refused to give the information. When an officer told him that he could be charged with concealing identity, he swore at them, documents state.

Mora Magistrate Judge John Sanchez set DeHerrera’s bail at $20,000 cash-only.