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Ex-Manzano Star Arrested

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former Manzano star quarterback Ryan Trujillo, now a redshirt freshman for the New Mexico Lobos, was arrested on Friday and charged with domestic violence after allegedly pepper-spraying his girlfriend outside an Albuquerque restaurant.

Trujillo, 19, was taken into custody and booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of battery on a household member.

Trujillo was the New Mexico Class 5A Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year as a Manzano senior in 2010. He committed to New Mexico Highlands, but instead walked on at UNM. Trujillo was not listed on the Lobos’ 2011 roster but practiced with the team.

The UNM athletic department issued the following statement:

“Ryan Trujillo was a walk-on quarterback on the University of New Mexico football team last fall. We’re aware of the report and we’re researching the facts at this time.”


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According to a criminal complaint, Rachel Kaplan, 19, was having lunch with a girlfriend when Trujillo entered the Weck’s restaurant at 1105 Juan Tabo NE. He allegedly started an argument, then grabbed Kaplan’s car keys and left the restaurant.

Kaplan followed Trujillo outside, according to the report, wanting to get her keys back. Trujillo then allegedly sprayed her in the face with pepper spray that Kaplan kept on her key chain.

In 2010, Trujillo threw for 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns in leading Manzano to an 11-2 record. The Monarchs lost to Mayfield in the Class 5A state title game.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal