A maintenance worker at La Quinta Inn on Cerrillos Road has been charged with fourth-degree felony counts of aggravated assault and tampering with evidence after police say he pulled a handgun on a man urinating in the motel’s parking lot and then drove home and hid the firearm under a mattress.

Santa Fe police Officer Patrick Pinson was dispatched to the motel around noon Wednesday after an emergency call from a man who accused Enrico Griego of pointing a gun at him, according to a criminal complaint filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court.

The man told the officer he had pulled into the motel parking lot to urinate behind a dumpster. Griego then pulled a gun on him “unprovoked,” the man said, according to the complaint.

Griego, however, told police he pulled out the weapon only after the man had made a threat, threw his coat on the hood of his truck and rapidly approached Griego, reaching for his waistband.

Griego was released from jail on a $2,500 bond.

(4) comments

Joseph Phillips

Only Pussies pull guns...seriously

Dan Frazier

If you are going to pull a gun on every person who urinates in public along Cerrillos Rd., you are going to be a very busy gunslinger. How is it possible that a so-called civilized society does not even have the decency to provide public restrooms? This is a municipal responsibility that too many municipalities neglect.

Khal Spencer

Kinda depends on whose story you believe, Dan.

Khal Spencer

Sounds like a case of he says/he says. But Rule #! of drawing a firearm. First thing you do if you have to display deadly force is call the cops yourself. If someone else calls the cops, you become the suspect.

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