A woman ejected from a downtown Santa Fe sports bar for fighting faces charges after she allegedly returned to the bar at closing time and used pepper spray on employees.
Santa Fe police arrested Reina Maez, 26, of Santa Fe early Sunday morning on battery charges after she was accused of spraying a canister of the debilitating spray into the face of a manager at Stats Sports Bar and at one of the Palace Avenue restaurant’s bartenders.
An initial report provided by Santa Fe police said a woman had complained that employees of the restaurant had attacked her. However, the initial report did not state that officers had arrested and charged anyone in connection with the event.
A more complete report released this week includes information that matches an account given to a reporter by one of the business partners of the restaurant, Dana Cortez.
The police report says Maez was removed from the bar by employees earlier that night after she allegedly got into an altercation with another patron. Cortez said employees also had refused to continue serving her alcohol due to her behavior.
Hours later, according to the report, Maez went back to the bar, entered through a back door and, when the manager and bartender told her the bar was closed, “produced a canister of mace she had concealed behind her back.”
When police arrived at about 2:10 a.m., one of the employees who had been sprayed had managed to restrain Maez, according to the report. Maez told officers that she had been attacked by the employees and that one of them had slammed her head into the ground multiple times, the report says.
According to the report, Maez told police she “did not feel it was appropriate the males should be allowed to get that physical with a woman.”
None of the employees who were still at the bar confirmed Maez’s statements, the report says.
Cortez said this week that bartenders in the city need to be protected from clients who take offense at being refused service. “These bartenders can’t protect themselves,” Cortez said.
Santa Fe County jail records show that Maez was arrested that morning on two counts of misdemeanor battery and was booked into jail in lieu of a $1,000 bond. She was released four hours later.