ENMU student arrested


An Eastern New Mexico University student athlete was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at the end of August.

According to a police incident report, an ENMU police officer responded to a call at 10:45 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Eddy Hall.

Another ENMU student accused student David Cervantes, a member of the ENMU cross country team, of pushing him against a door while holding a knife to his throat after a verbal dispute between the two students.

Cervantes told police that he was trying “to act stern” to get the other student to listen to him and that he only held the knife to the other student’s throat, because he “knew it wasn’t sharp.”

Cervantes was arrested the morning of Aug. 30 and booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center where he was released the following day on a Personal Recognizance Bond. His initial hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 10. If found guilty, he faces up to 18 months in prison and fines up to $5,000.

Cervantes could not be reached for comment.

Vice President of Student Affairs Jeff Long confirmed that Cervantes is no longer a student at ENMU.

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