Medical Episode on Sunset Drive

A Sunset Drive resident suffered what E-911 dispatchers called a medical episode at about 9 a.m., March 23 at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Valley Drive. Firefighters and paramedics performed lifesaving measures for almost 45 minutes but the woman died on the scene.  

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:

He is the law

March 13

1:17 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller requested a welfare check on a man who was stabbing the wall with a knife and banging on the doors.

3:23 a.m. A Calle Don Eduardo caller said he was a judge and someone broke into his house and there were people outside his house. Before he hung up, he said goodbye and “find a good job.”

10:35 a.m. A Cook’s Mobile Home Park caller reported two women were fighting.

11:30 a.m. A Camino Miramontes caller said her neighbor had fired six shots at her house and it had been hit at least three times.

1:03 p.m. A Hernandez caller said a man and woman who both looked “rough” were fighting in the street. State Police said they would not take the call.

2:21 p.m. A Calle Duran caller said she caught a woman trying to break into her car. A second caller said the woman was trying to take her child.

3:27 p.m. A Zia Credit Union caller reported the ATM appeared to have been tampered with because it was damaged.

3:42 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller said he was getting thrown around by his son.

4:51 p.m. A Goodwill caller reported a man took the forklift keys after they were left outside overnight.

5:38 p.m. An East Buena Vista Drive and North Coronado Avenue caller said a brown briefcase was left at the bus stop. He said he looked inside and it appeared to have papers, but thought it might be dangerous because it was attached to a speaker.

6:05 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a break-in at her business. She said she was following the car and she confronted the man in it. Deputies called her and said they would have to take a report later because they were busy with another call.

7:16 p.m. A Hernandez caller said her neighbors were harassing her. They had been blocking her in on her property and taking photos of her son.

8:43 p.m. A Title Max caller requested a welfare check on a woman. An ambulance was dispatched because the woman drank alcohol and smoked some type of substance.

9:11 p.m. A Walmart caller said a man threw a Monster energy drink at a security officer.

9:41 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a shirtless man with no shoes on, exchanged words with employees.

Battered grandma

March 14

2:37 a.m. A Corlett Road caller reported he caught a shirtless man trying to break into his house. He said the man broke a window. Police determined the shirtless man had pulled a knife on fire department personnel in a prior incident. 

12:32 p.m. A Freddy’s caller said four men jumped another man.

2:24 p.m. A Century Bank caller said a man was trying to cash a fraudulent check for $300.

2:27 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a man was at her house, threatening someone with a knife.

3:38 p.m. A Center Market caller said a group of people were behind the building, smoking narcotics.

4:10 p.m. A caller near Family Dollar in Española requested a welfare check on an elderly woman sitting by the dumpster, who said her grandson beat her up and threw her out of the vehicle and left her.

4:57 p.m. A Family Dollar in Hernandez caller said a man had been sitting in a vehicle for hours. He said he tried to wake him, but he didn’t respond.

6 p.m. A Family Dollar in Española manager reported a man was trying to break into the store through the back door.

8:27 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller said a woman started yelling at him and waving a gun.

Hitting the pipe

March 15

1:05 a.m. An Allsup’s caller reported a woman in a truck at a pump was slurring her words.

5:49 a.m. A caller said he was making a delivery to Freddy’s, when a man walked up to him and started throwing boxes at him. A second caller said the man flagged him down and pulled a knife on him.

10:20 a.m. A Guadalupe Credit Union caller said a member reported more than $3,000 in checks was cashed and she was not sure who cashed them.

11:14 a.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a man flipped his Prius and it rolled into their fence.

11:56 a.m. A Domino’s Pizza caller said he was at a job site and someone took a bag of tools and a transmitter.

2:35 p.m. A Calle Ranchitos caller said some boys broke in and tore the pool cover and broke some of the straps, before running off.

3:01 p.m. A Park and Ride caller reported a man was sleeping in a bus shelter.

3:35 p.m. A Cubero Court caller wanted to speak with an officer because someone had all his personal information and he was worried. He got a call saying for him to get his papers in order and take care of his wife.

4:11 p.m. A Guadalupe Credit Union caller reported a gas smell in the building.

4:47 p.m. A Union Hall caller said the catalytic converter was stolen from his truck.

5:32 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported a man was overdosing.

7:40 p.m. A Food King gas station caller said three people in a car were “hitting” a glass pipe; they could see the flame.

9:49 p.m. A Chama caller reported his child’s mother physically attacked him.

At the Plaza

March 16

3:29 a.m. A caller reported the gate at Las Cumbres was open and he was not sure if someone was trying to break in. A City Police officer found the gate was completely removed and he put it back on its hinges and left his card with a case number on the door.

7:44 a.m. An Española Hospital caller said a woman, who was a prisoner at the Tierra Amarilla Detention Center, kept trying to escape and was being disorderly.

9:08 a.m. A County Road 5 in Española caller reported his wall was damaged.

9:31 a.m. A Lotaburger caller said a bunch of homeless people were at the Plaza with a tent and sleeping bags and two of them kept going to the restaurant and harassing people for money.

10:32 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man was refusing to leave after she let him spend the night.

10:50 a.m. A La Mesilla caller said there was a wrong-way driver near the golf course.

11:14 a.m. An Española Post Office caller reported there were burn marks on the building and they needed to file a report.

11:34 a.m. A Sangre de Cristo Mobile Home Park caller said her son’s life was in danger. She said a car drove by last night and someone pointed a gun at him. She kept arguing with the dispatcher and refused to give her name or her son’s name.

1:03 p.m. A man at Walgreens approached an off-duty police officer and said someone tried to get into his delivery truck.

2:25 p.m. A West Laguna Street caller said a man ran out of a vacant apartment.

2:47 p.m. A Center Market caller wants homeless people dispersed.

2:51 p.m. A Cook’s Home Center caller said his catalytic converter was taken from his Ford F-150, as it was parked in the alley near the store.

4 p.m. A caller requested a welfare check on a man lying on the ground near the Ohkay Eagle Mart.

5:32 p.m. A stolen vehicle was recovered near Avenida Cañada.

7:04 p.m. A West Jonathan Drive caller said a woman broke the windows on his house, then left, walking down Railroad Avenue.

8:36 p.m. A Pathways Shelter caller reported finding a man in the port-a-potty and he was unconscious and not breathing.

9:02 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartment caller said someone was walking around outside with something black in their hand. She thought there might be a party going on. A police officer spoke to someone in the apartment who said they would turn the music down and stop “acting stupid.”

11:55 p.m. A JGN Lane caller reported her daughter was drunk and might be on drugs and she wanted her removed.

People with boxes

March 17

6:49 a.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller wanted to report that her childrens’ father left her alone with the children. She said she shouldn’t be alone with them for more than 10 minutes because of her disability. She wanted the incident documented in case something happened.

8:48 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller said every morning between 2 and 3 a.m., he sees people in front of his cameras with boxes.

9:25 a.m. A Calle de las Españolas caller requested that officers remove homeless people who were camping on the side of the Misión. He said they have TVs plugged in.

12:23 p.m. A La Joya Street caller said a woman in the area has 10 warrants for her arrest.

2:01 p.m. A Center Market caller reported a shoplifter hit an employee and now other employees were holding him down outside the front door.

3:59 p.m. A caller requested a welfare check on a woman who was sitting on the curb, slumped over near East Pueblo Street and La Joya Street.

4:38 p.m. A McDonald’s caller said a man was loitering on the property and asking for money.

5:05 p.m. A Century Bank caller reported a man got run over.

5:45 p.m. A Chili’s caller said someone broke the back window on her car.

6:27 p.m. A Montana Vista caller reported a man was going from house to house and she was worried because there were elderly people in the neighborhood.

6:46 p.m. A Dixon caller said a man asked her to call 911. It was determined a woman’s car went off the road, into a ditch and she might have a broken arm.

7:28 p.m. A Calle Duran caller requested a welfare check on a woman in the area, covered in blood.

8:15 p.m. A Tsigo Bugeh Road caller reported a 23-year-old man with mental issues was acting out. 

9:34 p.m. A Little Caesar’s caller said a woman who smelled like alcohol asked her to help boost her vehicle.

Breaking curfew

March 18

3:46 a.m. A Walmart manager reported a man pulled a knife on an employee.

9:51 a.m. A caller said an older man was driving recklessly through the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement. She said he could have killed a bunch of people. She said he laughed at her and went into the store.

10:55 a.m. A County Road 52 in Velarde caller reported someone stole a wood splitter and there was an abandoned car on the property next to his.

12:15 p.m. A Private Drive 1511 in Hernandez caller said a woman sent him a text message, saying she was on her way to his house. He was afraid she was going to “get physical” with him and his household members if they didn’t give her money.

1:14 p.m. A caller requested a welfare check on an elderly woman who lives in a house on Hunter Street. He said the door appears to be kicked in. Police determined the door frame is old and the door fell off.

1:49 p.m. A Calle Serrano caller reported there were five high-end vehicles at the end of the street and there was drug activity. Police determined someone there was moving out.

2:37 p.m. A Santo Niño Lane caller said a 65-year-old man was unconscious and not breathing. The caller cannot perform CPR.

2:44 p.m. A Salas Auto Body caller requested a welfare check on a man lying on the ground.

2:46 p.m. A Dollar General in Alcalde caller said there was a car outside and it appeared someone was inside either asleep or waiting to get drugs.

3:32 p.m. A McDonald’s caller reported someone may have tried to steal a catalytic converter.

4 p.m. A Little Caesar’s caller said a woman was outside, asking people for money.

4:03 p.m. A deputy took a report after someone took contraband into the Rio Arriba County Detention Center.

4:25 p.m. A Calle del Rio caller said a man has a 9mm gun and was selling fentanyl.

4:36 p.m. A Dairy Queen caller requested a welfare check on a man at the bus stop who fell down.

5:21 p.m. A County Road 85A in Chimayó caller said a man was getting physical with her uncle. 

10:43 p.m. A Del Taco caller said her friend took off toward Taos with her keys, so she was sitting on the curb next to her car with a bunch of dogs. She didn’t think the man was coming back and he wanted her to break her curfew.

11:52 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a woman left with an IV in her arm.

Beacon in the night

March 19

1:12 a.m. A Paseo Don Juan caller said a 17-year-old girl took something and was acting out of control.

3:20 a.m. A Walgreens caller reported that glass at the front of the store was broken.

8 a.m. A State Road 76 caller said he hadn’t heard from a woman since she moved to Santa Cruz to be with a cult. 

9:56 a.m. A Walmart caller reported a man was trying to break into cars in the parking lot.

10:17 a.m. A Rodeway Inn caller said his catalytic converter was stolen.

10:24 a.m. A Hudson Lane caller reported a man on whom he had a restraining order, violated it after he blew leaves into the caller’s yard and the two began arguing when he was asked to stop the leaf blowing.

11:05 a.m. An Ohkay Casino caller said a woman was banging on a car, then hitting the ground.

11:57 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported the doors and a window was open, when he arrived home. He said two flat screen TVs and a box of tools were taken.

12:31 p.m. A Zuni Lane caller said a man has junk cars and trailers parked that are blocking the street.

4:19 p.m. A State Road 76 in Truchas caller reported a vehicle rolled over and went down an embankment.

5:40 p.m. A N.M. 74 and Racetrack Road in Ohkay Owingeh caller said a man went onto a tribal member’s property and was asking the man to shoot him.

6:36 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported a man was outside in the parking lot, screaming and threatening customers.

6:37 p.m. An Abiquiú caller said she was by the river and a drunk woman was hitting her.

7:22 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported there was a car parked on the side of the house. She said a man slept in the car and sold drugs out of it. The landlord had asked him to leave and he kept coming back.

7:52 p.m. A San Pedro Plaza caller said a woman is trying to break into a business.

8:20 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a man was breaking stuff inside the house.

8:47 p.m. An Ohkay Express caller said he heard 10 to 12 gunshots and saw multiple vehicles leaving the area.

9:12 p.m. A North McCurdy Road and Valley Drive caller reported three “kids” in hoodies jumped a fence and were parked in a white pickup truck.

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