Sat. Mar 6th, 2021

NEW MEXICO COUNTY COMMISSIONER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO CAPITOL RIOTS

On the afternoon of January 17, 2021, Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin was arrested by FBI agents Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C., in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to an affidavit for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Griffin is being charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. The U.S. Capitol Police notified the FBI that they had detained Couy Griffin, 47, of Tularosa, N.M.

Earlier on Sunday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statement demanding that Griffin resign from the Otero County Commission. Balderas has sent Griffin a letter stating that if he does not resign the state attorney general will seek legal action to remove Griffin from his post.

Additional information will be available at the Department of Justice’s website: https://www.justice.gov/opa/investigations-regarding-violence-capitol