Rio Arriba County sheriff and son arrested, in FBI custody

Posted at: 08/15/2014 7:27 AM
Updated at: 08/15/2014 8:02 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,


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The FBI confirms Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella was arrested Friday morning.

According to Frank Fisher with the FBI, both Rodella and his son, Tommy Rodella, Jr., were arrested and are now in FBI custody.

The reason why both men were arrested has not been disclosed, but federal officials are expected to announce the filing of a significant federal indictment at the U.S. Attorney's Office at 11 a.m. Friday.

In June, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Rodella's home in connection to the arrest of a man who claimed the sheriff and his son chased him down in their vehicle, threatened him and then falsely charged him with aggravated assault on a peace officer.

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