A strength and conditioning coach at Northern New Mexico College was arrested Sunday night after a former player on the women’s basketball team told police that he had pointed a gun at them, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Javier Roper, 25, has been fired from his position at the school, sports director Ryan Cordova told KRQE-TV on Monday. The TV station reported that Roper had been charged with grievous bodily harm using a fatal weapon and battery.
The school announced in a statement to the broadcaster that Roper is temporarily serving as a part-time strength trainer.
“Mr. Roper’s actions do not represent the mission or interests of this historic institution. Mr. Roper has been relieved of his duties and his post as an employee of Northern New Mexico College has been terminated,” Cordova said in the statement.
According to the warrant’s affidavit, the former player said Roper had arrived at a friend’s house in Ojo Caliente, where she was studying with three men.
Roper walked into the apartment, confronted the woman and pulled out a pistol and later pointed the gun at her, a friend, and himself.
When the woman left the house, Roper pushed her to the ground, the affidavit says.
A New Mexico State Police investigator said in the search warrant’s affidavit that he spoke to Roper at the Española State Police Office. Roper told the official that he had a friendly relationship with the player and that he felt the woman had cheated on him with a member of the Northern New Mexico College men’s team. According to the affidavit, he denied pointing the gun at anyone.