The police blotter is published to give readers an abridged look at criminal activity in their community and neighborhood. It is simply an illustration of what local law enforcement, funded by taxpayers, must deal with daily throughout the Española Valley.
Española Police officers, Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Police, Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputies or State Police responded to the following calls:
1:01 a.m. A Windstar Road caller reported a vehicle was fully engulfed in fire. A man was trying to extinguish it. He told an Española City Police officer that he started the fire. Española Fire Department firefighters put out the vehicle and some brush that had caught fire.
1:36 a.m. An Ohkay Casino security supervisor requested assistance with a woman in the casino who had stolen two purses.
2:05 a.m. A woman near Trampas reported she and her husband were lost in the hills. At 5:37 a.m. the husband called and said he was stuck in the mud. New Mexico State Police took the call.
8:38 a.m. A North McCurdy Road caller reported the Church of Latter Day Saints had been burglarized.
11:07 a.m. A Rio Chama caller reported a structure fully engulfed. Several volunteer departments searched the area and could find no fire.
12:07 p.m. A Carr Lane caller requested the area be patrolled and drug addicts dispersed.
12:54 p.m. A Rock Christian Church caller reported two fuel cans by the rock wall wrapped with wire and cloth. Police could not locate any cans.
1:16 p.m. A Velarde caller reported her surveillance recorded her trailer being stolen from the front yard.
1:59 p.m. A small brush fire was reported by an Alcalde caller. The fire quickly started an abandoned house on fire and then an occupied house. Several volunteer fired departments extinguished the fire by 3:30 p.m.
4:32 p.m. A Calle Pajarito caller reported a man riding a noisy motorcycle around and around.
5:35 p.m. A Giant on Paseo de Oñate caller reported an electric transformer exploded and the pole and brush around it were on fire.
6:26 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported the neighbors were fighting. Two Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the man.
8 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported her stepson was throwing dishes “all over the house.”
8:21 p.m. An employee of an unamed Abiquiú business reported he was robbed by someone who posed as a cop. State Police took the call.
8:40 p.m. A Wendy’s employee reported a customer would not leave because the employee could not give her 45 cents in change because of a coin shortage.
Dinner on foot
12:16 a.m. A San Pedro Shell caller reported a man was assaulting a girl. Police followed the woman to her house.
4:36 a.m. An Allsups employ reported a man trying to steal something was fighting with the security guard. The alleged thief ran to Las Lomas Apartments.
8:09 a.m. A Chama Middle School caller reported the school was burglarized over the weekend.
11:11 a.m. A Century Bank caller reported a woman passed her a note, which stated, “Call police and ask them to follow me please no questions.” She then withdrew $3,700. Police stopped the woman before she sent the money to a scammer.
2:20 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported the man who tried to stab her husband a week prior was now shooting at her. The call was transferred to State Police.
2:44 p.m. A Granada Street caller reported loose chickens.
4:18 p.m. A West Bond Street caller reported a man with a towel around his waist. Police said he was fine.
4:59 p.m. A West Bond Street caller reported a man went into her mother’s house, took a soda and left.
10:27 p.m. A Velarde caller wanted assistance picking up her children from her drunk boyfriend. Deputies determined the children were with the grandmother. The boyfriend called 911 several times demanding deputies come arrest him and that he was a Taos Deputy and State Police know him.
10:35 p.m. A State Police officer responded to a fight in progress call at Allsups and requested city police assistance. State Police handled the report.
Ready for class
1:43 a.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported an abandoned child. Dispatch could hear a woman arguing with security that it was her child. Call was transferred to State Police.
3:34 a.m. A Chamita caller reported he heard an explosion and now there was a car on fire. State Police and Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s office would not respond. Chamita volunteers extinguished the fire.
7:54 a.m. A Chimayó woman reported her husband hit her in the head and had her at gunpoint. Call was transferred to State Police.
10:19 a.m. Someone walked into the Sheriff’s Office to report a sex offender violation.
12:15 p.m. A Walmart caller reported one of his employees was assaulted by a customer and she drove herself to the hospital. An officer found conflicting stories and wanted to review surveillance, “before anything is put on paper.”
12:48 p.m. A caller from the District 7 State Police office reported a male driver chasing semi trucks, pulling in front of them and pleasuring himself with a sexual aid device. Police could not find the man.
7:58 p.m. An East Jiron Street caller reported a home invasion. Police arrested one woman but the reporting party called later and declined to press charges for $27 worth of damage.
8:29 p.m. A man reported a tree fell on McCurdy Road.
8:32 p.m. A passerby reported a man wearing only boxers walking in the northbound lanes of Paseo de Oñate by Northern New Mexico College.
8:48 p.m. A County Road 56 in Chamita caller reported she found her husband’s drugs in her car and her husband was driving toward Ohkay Owingeh on a flat tire. A deputy stopped the man near County Road 56 and after a drug dog alerted on the car, deputies searched it. The man was arrested.
10:06 p.m. A caller reported a lot of traffic in front of Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative. Deputies were advised it was a game and people were looking for rocks.
11:50 p.m. An alarm company advised the San Pedro Shell was burglarized. Police chased a man on foot to the arroyo behind the gas station but lost him.
Let sleeping men lie
4:32 a.m. A caller reported two suspicious people at Steve’s Window Tint. One person was detained and then released.
6:46 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a body wrapped in a trash bag on the sidewalk of North McCurdy extension. Police found no body.
7:47 a.m. A Victory Faith Church caller reported an abandoned RV in the parking lot and school was about to start.
11:19 a.m. A caller by the old Baskin Robbins reported two boys stuck in a dumpster. Police found them riding their bikes.
11:57 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported his brother was suicidal, had a gun and was driving to Ojo Caliente. The brother caught the suicidal man and took the gun away from him. State Police found the man and he was transported to the hospital.
1:09 p.m. A La Joya caller reported a man passed out behind the laundromat. He was afraid to approach the man because of COVID. Police made contact with the owner, who said the man could remain sleeping there.
1:42 p.m. A Godfrey Lane man reported he was struggling to survive and breathe. When medics arrived the man wouldn’t answer the door for about 15 minutes. He was transported but then became uncooperative at the emergency room.
2:15 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a truck rolled and was down in a ditch. Two vehicles were involved in the accident. One man was injured in the truck, another had been ejected and was about 300 yards from the crash scene in a field. Careflight was called for both injured people. One patient was transported to hospital via ambulance. The other died on the scene.
8:48 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported “the judge called,” and requested courtesy rounds because his girlfriend’s son has been breaking into their house.
12:44 a.m. A Paseo Melendez caller reported she and her husband heard a bang and went outside to find all their truck’s windows were broken.
4:03 a.m. A Velarde caller reported her girlfriend overdosed. She was performing CPR and gave her Narcan. The call was given to State Police and Office of Medical Investigators responded.
9:08 a.m. A woman came to the police station to report her 33-year-old son assaulted her earlier in the day. He was arrested.
2:46 p.m. The Abiquiú Library was burglarized and a laptop stolen.
5:33 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported someone set up a tent on the side of the road. A deputy spoke to a woman who would not identify herself but is moving on.
9:22 p.m. A Speedway on Riverside Drive caller reported a lot of vehicles parked in front of the store. They were dispersed. One man was arrested.
10:48 p.m. Two deputies performed foot patrol around Chama Elementary School.
11:07 p.m. A Calle Flores caller reported her neighbors were acting strange. A man was riding his ATV and another was “running around the yard.” One man was arrested.
8:16 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported an abandoned car stuck in an arroyo.
8:30 a.m. An East Jiron Street caller reported a fight in progress and shots fired. Police found one person who fired one shot at a skunk.
11:20 a.m. A Velarde caller reported he felt unsafe around his brother. State Police took the call.
1:03 p.m. A Chama caller reported he was driving one vehicle from Pagosa Springs and his wife was driving another. At the “T” in Chama, he turned south and she turned north and he hasn’t heard from her since.
3:38 p.m. An Española Valley High School security guard reported a mountain lion sighted in the area.
4:46 p.m. An El Paisano caller reported a cashier had a heart attack and collapsed. He was transported to the emergency room.
5:22 p.m. A Middle San Pedro Road caller reported two men wearing bullet-proof vests and guns were outside a neighbor’s house. One of the armed men punched the neighbor, then shook his hand. The assaulted man did not want to file a report.
7:41 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported a man driving an ATV at a high rate of speed on County Roads 41 and 48.
8:15 p.m. A man by La Cocina on Santa Clara Bridge Road reported a man lost control of his red Chevy Tahoe and rolled into the field by Family Dollar. The driver jumped out and ran away.
11:49 p.m. About 10 cars were dispersed from the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot.
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2:14 a.m. A Tesuque Court caller reported her sister’s two children came home drunk and a vehicle was waiting outside to pick them up.
7:41 a.m. A Family Dollar on Riverside caller reported a man took a bag from behind the store and was walking to the Santa Claran Apartments.
9:37 a.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported she has video of people who come into her house and destroy her makeup.
10:28 a.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported his neighbor cut his grape vines.
5:30 p.m. A Walmart shopper reported someone walked up behind her and slapped her butt. Police filed criminal sexual contact charges but have no suspect.
6:24 p.m. A Chama Family Dollar store customer reported another male customer was “checking him out.” A deputy spoke to the caller.
6:58 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported her daughter was overdosing on Lozraopan. The daughter was transported to the emergency room.
7:52 p.m. A Velarde caller reported her boyfriend was drunk and abusive. He was arrested but not medically cleared. The judge ordered him released with a summons to appear.
9:07 p.m. A Dakota Lane caller reported neighbors screaming, possibly fighting. Police found two children playing in a mud puddle. The caller again asked for law enforcement, who told dispatch, “Kids yelling at a (Paystation 4) for this one.”
1:02 a.m. State Police requested an ambulance for a young man who was struck in the nose. He refused treatment and the two fighting parties were not separated. Both stayed at prairie dog town.
8:49 a.m. A Triple S employee reported a man stole some beverages. She followed him to the skate park and when she confronted him he threatened to shoot her.
10:32 a.m. A Manhattan Street in Ohkay Owingeh caller reported an unattended death.
10:49 a.m. A caller reported someone hit the front gates at Española Valley High School and the gates were off the hinges.
11:10 a.m. A State Road 76 in Española caller reported her trailer had been stolen an hour earlier. She had surveillance of the four door blue pickup stealing it. At 3:40 she found someone who lives by the Light House in Chimayó trying to sell her trailer on Facebook. Deputies could not confirm that.
12:41 p.m. A Speedway on Paseo de Oñate caller reported a man passed out at a pump with his foot on the gas. He passed a field sobriety test but was driving on a revoked license. Someone came and retrieved the truck.
5:10 p.m. The woman whose trailer was stolen reported the woman who stole it was near Autozone. City police tracked her down on Simmons Lane. It was the woman’s sister.
7:22 p.m. A Milagro Village manager reported water flooding several trailer spaces. City water department was called.
8:19 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man she was with was drunk and wouldn’t take her home. A deputy stopped the man in Hernandez and he failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.
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