DA spokesman Michael Patrick charged with battery in domestic violence incident
It took almost two weeks, but Albuquerque police have finally filed a complaint against Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office spokesman Michael Patrick after a domestic violence incident at his home on April 14.
APD charged Patrick with a single count of battery on a household member, according to criminal summons filed Friday in Metro Court. The summons was issued on April 29, according to the court filing. Patrick is scheduled to appear at a bond arraignment on May 14, according to the filing.
Patrick is married to KOAT-TV anchorwoman Shelly Ribando. Police were called to the couple's home by a Discover credit card representative who, while on the phone with Ribando, heard her say that Patrick had hit her during an argument.
Ribando was trying to cancel a charge that Patrick had put on their credit card.
It's unclear if Patrick still works for DA Raul Torrez. Torrez's office has failed to answer ABQReport emails asking about Patrick's employment status. Torrez's office has also refused to answer questions about whether it, or some other DA's office, will handle Patrick's case.
In a recent column, ABQReport reporter Dan Klein, a retired APD sergeant, ripped the responding officers for failing to arrest Patrick on the night of the call. That story is posted below.
Political blogger Joe Monahan and freelance journalist Charles Arasim came under some criticism for posting an APD lapel camera video of the call to Patrick's and Ribando's home. Arasim got the video through a Inspection of Public Records Act request to APD. That video is posted below.