Three indicted on charges relating to 2011 fight

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Three Belen men were indicted on aggravated battery and false imprisonment charges following a 2011 fight with the caretaker of the Belen Skate Park.

Zack Meyer, Alexander Meyer and Thomas Steidley were indicted after the August 2011 fight where Joe Saiz, the caretaker of the park and a Belen Fire Department captain, told police he was battered by the men, according to a police report.

Saiz told police he was attacked by all three men after he told them to leave the park that night, the report said.

The caretaker told police he asked the men to leave after Alexander Meyer became "verbally abusive" towards him, according to the report. The caretaker approached the man to ask him to remove his vehicle from the skating area.

The report said Alexander Meyer threw a punch at Saiz, who was in the process of taking a picture of the man's license plate. Shortly after, all three came "rushing at him" and Zack Meyer and Steidley grabbed his arms.

According to the report, Saiz told police he was hit in the arm and the back of the head with a skateboard before a witness came to the scene and broke up the fight.

All three suspects told police Saiz started the fight after Alexander Meyer reached for the caretaker's phone. The report said the suspects told police they didn't start the fight and "were just defending themselves."

The report said the suspects were "argumentative with officers the whole time" and that "anytime (officers) were trying to speak with (the suspects), they would interrupt (officers)."

According to the report, "all three (suspects) were smirking and laughing about the situation" before Zack Meyer asked to speak with another officer.

At one point, an officer told him, "I'm sick of you interrupting and your attitude. "Now, shut the hell up."

Zack Meyer was transported to an Albuquerque hospital as a precautionary measure after complaining of chest and back pain.

He had once claimed to be part of "permanent solution" to a local graffiti problem with his work on murals, but was arrested in February on charges he spray-painted on several public and private structures.

Meyer turned himself into police after he admitted painting the name "Emilia" on the Los Lunas water tower for the Valentine's Day holiday. He was charged with two misdemeanors and two felony counts of painting unauthorized graffiti on personal or real property and one felony count of tampering with evidence.

He is enrolled in a pre-prosecution diversion program, a community service-oriented program typically offered to individuals for first time felony offenses.

The program allows individuals to serve community service and pay restitution rather than go through with court proceedings.


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