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Taser used on man with knife

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Police used a Taser on a man who allegedly came running at them while holding a kitchen knife.

John Romero, 36, who is shown with a Las Vegas, N.M., address, is being held in the Santa Fe County jail on a bench warrant and on charges of aggravated battery on a household member, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, interference with communications and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to an inmate database.

Police were dispatched to a Calle Princesa Juana home for a domestic violence call at about 2:09 p.m. Wednesday, according to a police report.

There, police found a frantic woman outside who told officers, “He’s crazy,” according to police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt.


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Westervelt said police went inside and saw the man who was in a threatening stance, holding a kitchen knife. Police used a Taser on the man when he “charged” at them.

The man was struck in the upper torso, Westervelt said. He was not injured. The woman had a scratch on her stomach, which appeared to be from the knife, and was treated for a minor injury, Westervelt said.

Romero has convictions for stalking and using a phone to terrify, intimidate or threaten, both in 2002 in Las Vegas magistrate court, according to an online court record database. He has an attempted battery on a household member conviction from March 2012 in Las Vegas magistrate court.

He also has an open case in Santa Fe magistrate court on charges of attempted battery of a household member, criminal damage to property of a household member and interference with communications, allegedly taking place on Feb. 19. He has an open case in state District Court in Santa Fe on charges of aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm, interference with communications and DWI, allegedly taking place on Dec. 6.