An altercation at a downtown hotel following a holiday party for Santa Fe County employees resulted in a battery charge against a county worker, who is accused of giving a sheriff’s officer a bloody nose and punching a woman in the chest when she tried to intervene.
A battery complaint in Municipal Court against Phillip “PJ” Montano, a 38-year-old facilities operation maintenance manager, says city police were called early Sunday morning to the Eldorado Hotel regarding a fight in a guest room.
Reports say witnesses told officers Montano had been drinking heavily before he struck Lt. Michael Delgado, also 38, of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in the face with his fist “for an unknown reason.”
Although reports say Delgado, who had an abrasion on his swollen nose, declined to press charges, Alyssa Martinez, identified as a 22-year-old radio dispatcher, wanted to pursue a criminal complaint against Montano because he punched her in the chest after she tried to break up a fight in the crowded hotel room.
Reports said Martinez, who was wearing a blood-stained white dress, was examined by paramedics for arm pain and later transported to the hospital.
Officers reported finding blood stains on the carpet, walls and bed sheets in the room where the incident occurred, which a report said was rented by Santa Fe County Undersheriff Ron Madrid.
Reports said Montano appeared intoxicated when they found him in a different guest room and that he denied he had been involved in a fight. Police reported that they stood by while hotel security staff escorted Montano off the property without incident.