Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning.
Three men have been arrested, court records show.
According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, threatening to ruin his career by coming forward with sexually suggestive text messages Mondragon sent to one of them.
Mondragon called police after fighting with two of the men in his hotel room just before 3 a.m. He said one of them punched him in the face and he fought with them, then they stole his wallet, watch, iPod and cell phone and fled from his room, the affidavit said.
Mondragon told an Albuquerque officer he met the trio in the lounge of the MCM Elegante Hotel. He said he was staying there while in town on a work trip and opened a tab at the bar on his company credit card, buying them several rounds of drinks.
When the bar closed, he bought a bottle of liquor and invited them back to his room where he paid for a pornographic movie for them to watch until they left, the affidavit said.
Repeated efforts to reach Mondragon for comment Friday were unsuccessful.
Albuquerque police arrested Jesse Elizarraraz and Nicholas Aragon on charges of robbery and conspiracy and charged Roy Dean with conspiracy.
Mondragon is in charge of economic development and government relations for ENMR-Plateau and was recently appointed to the State Economic Development Commission by the governor.
At Tuesday’s Curry County commission meeting, Mondragon said he was going to Albuquerque to meet with the governor and lobby against proposed new environmental regulations for dairies.
There was no meeting scheduled this week between Mondragon and the governor, Gilbert Gallegos, spokesman for Gov. Bill Richardson said in an e-mail Friday evening.