A 76-year-old Rio Rancho man is accused of hitting and biting his wife while she tried to put their grandson into a car seat last month.
At about 8:50 p.m. April 28, the Rio Rancho Police Department was dispatched to a call of a domestic incident inside The Hopper’s parking lot.
A woman told officers that she dropped off her husband, Cliff Walker, at the pub and pizzeria earlier that evening, but when she came back to pick him up so she could take their grandson home, she found Walker inebriated.
As she tried to get their grandson into a car seat, he became agitated and allegedly hit her on the head with his hand. Walker then reportedly bit her right hand near the knuckles.
An officer later saw a red mark on her hand, according to a criminal complaint.
After the incident, the victim drove Walker home, called her son to pick up their grandchild, who was with her the whole time he was at the pub, and then went to a hotel.
She told officers that she was not going back home and wanted to move back to Colorado to be near family.
RRPD later contacted Walker at a hospital the next day. He admitted he was at The Hopper and had been drinking wine when his wife came to pick him up. While he did not remember hitting or biting her, he recalled their grandson not wanting to get into the car seat, the complaint states.
Walker was later ticketed and is accused of battery against a household member.
An arraignment has been scheduled for 1 p.m. May 31.
If he is found guilty, Walker could face up to a year in prison and pay a $1,000 fine.
The age of the son was not provided in the complaint.
A police report has been forwarded to the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department.