City Schools employee arrested after fight at Albuquerque concert

City Schools employee arrested after fight at Albuquerque concert

From the Las Vegas Optic

A Las Vegas City Schools employee was arrested following a fight in the parking lot of an Albuquerque music venue late last month.

Joshua J. Romero, 24, of Las Vegas, was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 29, following a fight after a Dierks Bentley concert at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque. Romero is charged with one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony.

Just before midnight on Aug. 28, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy working traffic control outside the Isleta Amphitheater responded to a section of the music venue’s parking lot where a man had been found unconscious.

Deputies arrived to find the man bloodied and beaten. Police noted injuries to his forehead, face and the top of his head that were “consistent with being repeatedly punched,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. The man told police he’d also been hit in the face with a glass bottle.

Multiple witnesses told deputies the man was attacked by three to five men who “rushed him,” punched him, and threw beer cans and beer bottles at him. The witnesses called police when the man lost consciousness, and they said he’d stopped breathing for a time as well.

The witnesses described one of the attackers as a “heavy-set” man with a mullet haircut. The witnesses pointed to Romero when he later walked by the area where police were investigating. Deputies arrested Romero in the early hours of Aug. 29, and he was booked into MDC later that day.

Romero appeared in Metro Court on Aug. 30 where Judge Jill M. Martinez released Romero on personal recognizance. He was ordered to not consume or possess alcohol or cannabis, and he was released from MDC on Aug. 31.

The staff directory on the LVCS website lists Romero as a teacher at Memorial Middle School.

Romero also coached baseball for Robertson High School until at least June. He is also a former RHS football coach, but he did not return as a coach this season.

The Optic contacted LVCS and inquired about the arrest, seeking to learn if Romero was on any kind of leave, or if he was facing any disciplinary action. A representative for the district said they did not have any information.

When asked if the district was aware of Romero’s arrest, the district representative said: “If there’s any information to be given about any employee from the district, then you’d have to reach the superintendent.”

The Optic asked to speak to Superintendent Larryssa Archuleta but was told she was in a meeting. Contact information was left with her executive assistant, but Archuleta never returned the call.

Romero is scheduled to appear in Metro Court in Albuquerque Oct. 19 for a preliminary hearing.