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:
1:25 a.m. An elderly woman was stopped by police for driving in the wrong direction.
9:49 a.m. A Riverside Drive caller said someone cut the gas line and poured gas on their truck, trying to start a fire. They also poured gas on their storage items.
10:50 a.m. A Walmart caller said two men were chasing after another man, then they all separated and got in their vehicles and left. The caller called back to say one man was still there and those who were chasing him stole his car keys.
10:53 a.m. A Center Market caller reported a woman fled with merchandise. Another caller reported a woman was fighting with her husband in front of Tortas Rainbow and was suspected to be the shoplifter.
11:22 a.m. A Wells Fargo Bank caller said she left her bag, with all her information in it, behind a dumpster and someone stole it.
12:22 p.m. A Tierra Amarilla caller reported her house was on fire and she could not get out of it. Her caregiver was able to extinguish the fire.
2 p.m. A Walgreens caller said a man dressed in all black threatened the employees and said he had a gun.
2:04 p.m. An El Paisano Market caller reported a man walked up to his vehicle and broke the mirror off the car because he called 911 to report an accident earlier in the day.
3:01 p.m. A Velarde caller said a woman was cold to the touch and he was unable to awaken her.
7:27 p.m. A Calle de Pajarito caller said there was a big fight by the park.
7:53 p.m. A Rincon de Estrella caller said a man hit him in the eye.
8:34 p.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported someone took her purse.
9:01 p.m. A police officer at Denny’s made a call for disorderly conduct and battery on a police officer. A woman was taken into custody and began kicking the cage at the Española Detention Center. When cuffed to a bench, she tried to knee an officer in the groin.
10:39 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported her son was highly intoxicated and got in his vehicle and was getting ready to leave.
Subway safe empty
12:06 a.m. A Hindi Lane caller said the trailer next door is on fire and she can hear a woman mumbling inside.
8:47 a.m. A Subway caller said when he went to work in the morning, the safe was open and all the money was gone.
12:46 p.m. A Romero’s Fruit Stand caller reported thick, black smoke in the area. It was determined to be an illegal burn behind the business and it was extinguished.
2:43 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a girl sitting in the backseat of a car parked in a handicapped parking space, that looked “out of it.”
2:54 p.m. A Little Caesar’s caller said a man wanted for murder was outside by a vehicle, with the trunk open.
3:20 p.m. A State Road 581 caller reported his neighbors are putting lights up, disturbing his vision.
5:45 p.m. A State Police officer reported a woman passed out in a car at the Española Hospital.
5:45 p.m. An Alcalde caller said she could hear several shots being fired on the lower road.
10:49 p.m. A police officer said a black pickup truck was fleeing from him on Fairview Lane.
10:58 p.m. A Domino’s Pizza caller said a man was riding a bike around the building and banging on the windows and doors.
1:46 a.m. A Valdez Park caller reported a man passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle.
3:06 a.m. A Martinez Lane caller said there are geese in the area that are extremely loud every night.
3:34 a.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported a house fire. All occupants were out of the house.
5:12 a.m. A South McCurdy Road caller said a man was knocking on his door, saying he needs an ambulance.
8:13 a.m. A Sandy Lane caller wanted to report a man who went into his yard and spit in his face.
9:14 a.m. A Bonecutter Lane caller said the homeless have set up about 10 tents on his land.
9:38 a.m. A Medanales caller reported her cousin was unconscious on the floor and doesn’t know if he’s breathing.
9:55 a.m. A Walmart caller reported a man and woman stole a license plate off a truck in the parking lot.
11:11 a.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller said her house is on fire and she is not at home.
2:02 p.m. An Española Hospital caller wanted to speak with an officer because his brother was using his identity and went to the hospital under his name.
2:34 p.m. An unattended death was reported on Calle Lopez.
5:38 p.m. A Bubble Zone employee reported a man harassing her over a dryer. She said he was kicking the baskets and refusing to leave.
6:19 p.m. An Alcalde caller said the neighbors were arguing with her and her husband because her son shot their dog because it was attacking another dog in her yard.
6:29 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Detention Center caller reported being assaulted by a guard. She said the guard closed the gate on her toes and was letting the Hispanic inmates go before her.
7:48 p.m. A CVS caller said there was a man passed out on the sidewalk with a bottle.
8:54 p.m. An El Rey Liquors caller reported a car ran over a man’s foot and leg.
9:52 p.m. A Hernandez caller said her neighbor was caught on video surveillance trying to capture her dog and the neighbor has cut the Internet lines in the past.
11:33 p.m. A Hernandez caller said a man beat up her friend “really bad” then left toward Española. She said the man was intoxicated.
in the median
12:27 a.m. A Rincon de Estrella caller reported the neighbor, an elderly man, broke her vehicle’s window.
4:47 a.m. A Speedway caller reported an employee punched him and he’s bleeding from the nose and cheek.
8:18 a.m. A Garcia’s Auto caller said a customer’s vehicle was broken into overnight.
10:14 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a man in a Camaro is slumped over and looks passed out. A police officer determined he was drinking the night before and he was going to go home.
11:09 a.m. A Saiz Lane caller said a fraudulent check was cashed under his account at Del Norte Credit Union.
12:35 p.m. A Dandy Burger caller reported someone tailgating him. He pulled into Dandy Burger and now the man is harassing him and he has a knife. He’s also threatening to pull out a gun.
12:55 p.m. A Taco Bell caller said a man was possibly passed out in his car in the drive-thru and he’s holding up the line.
2:02 p.m. A Park and Ride caller said a man was passed out at the bus stop. It was determined he was not passed out, he was waiting for the bus.
2:26 p.m. A Domino’s Pizza caller reported a man in the median, taking off his clothes. Police were unable to locate him.
2:37 p.m. A Hernandez caller said her trash bin was stolen.
3:11 p.m. A Velarde caller reported his neighbor came out of the house with a rifle and was loading it to intimidate some workers she had there because he doesn’t agree with the work being done.
3:26 p.m. A Club Tropicana caller said there was a highly intoxicated man on the south side of the building. The man left before police arrived.
4:03 p.m. An Allsup’s caller reported an truck pulling a U-Haul trailer and said he heard banging coming from the trailer.
4:58 p.m. An El Parasol caller said she was walking up to the window to get food when a vehicle hit her shoulder and left.
5:18 p.m. A Freddy’s caller reported a man in a gray truck went through the drive-through and he and the occupants were drinking.
5:31 p.m. A Club Tropicana caller said the drunk man who was there earlier returned and was now lying down at the entrance and asking for help. He was blocking the entrance and customers couldn’t get in.
5:43 p.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported a car hit a pole in front of her house and is still there. She then said two men were pushing each other.
6:56 p.m. A North Paseo de Oñate caller reported a cow walking southbound on the side of the road and she almost hit it. Police could not locate the cow.
8:35 p.m. An Española Hospital caller said a man was in trauma because he was stabbed. The incident occurred in Velarde.
9:39 p.m. An Española caller reported they locked their keys in the car and their three-year-old daughter is in the vehicle.
9:52 p.m. A Chimayó caller said a woman from North Carolina was in her yard, asking if she could stay at her house. The caller said she does not know the woman or how she got there.
9:58 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported she was on the phone with her father and she heard four shots being fired.
10:04 p.m. An Abiquiú caller said he hit a cow and a passerby is trying to get it off the road. It’s not dead, it just rolled over.
10:49 p.m. A Chama caller said a man is at her house, acting crazy, screaming and throwing things. He’s also trying to light things on fire. State Police determined he wasn’t intoxicated, he always acts that way.
12:58 a.m. Los Alamos Police dispatch called Española dispatch to let them know an Alcalde woman was at the Los Alamos Medical Center because she’d been attacked by her cat, which may have rabies. They requested an animal control unit go and remove the cat later in the day.
1:18 a.m. A Hernandez caller said a pickup was trying to act as an officer, but the exhaust was too loud and the lights don’t match up.
10:58 a.m. A State Road 527 and U.S. Highway 644 caller said they went to their property yesterday and there was someone living on their property in a camping trailer.
12:07 p.m. A Guadalupe Credit Union caller said a woman was inside the business and refusing to leave because she said her boyfriend is being abusive.
12:33 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported an unknown number of squatters in the area.
12:46 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller said he left his rake outside and asked neighbors if they saw anyone in his yard, because it was missing. He found it down the road in another neighbor’s trash can.
2:20 p.m. A Chama caller said a pickup has been abandoned on the road and is blocking their easement. The truck has a “do not trespass” sign on the window. Deputies were unable to locate the truck.
2:22 p.m. A Medanales caller reported a power pole broke and a fire was ignited as a result.
3:31 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller said a man was rolling around on the ground and moaning near his property and he’s surrounded by cans.
3:42 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man lying at the entrance to a private drive and shaking.
5:36 p.m. A Calle del Alamo and North Railroad Avenue caller said a man was not breathing and had a needle next to him. The caller began CPR and two doses of Narcan were administered. The man was unconscious but breathing.
7:51 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a couple of people threatening to kill her husband because they broke their window.
11:05 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported her son took some narcotics and she couldn’t awaken him. She said he’s in and out of consciousness. He was transported to the hospital.
Exploding air bags
1:46 a.m. A Cañada Court caller said a 41-year-old man was unresponsive. Police were unable to get into the yard because of an unrestrained dog. The family called back to say everything was OK and they wanted the police to leave.
2:34 a.m. A Tesuque Drive caller reported she was at her friend’s house and he pushed her against a car and threatened her with an ax.
6:04 a.m. A Lota Burger caller reported being chased by six people who were armed.
7:13 a.m. A Rio Chama caller said trash was flying out of the back of a pickup truck traveling down the road.
8:51 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported receiving an email from her employer’s human resources department, alerting her that her identity had been compromised and someone was attempting to file for unemployment in her name.
1:09 p.m. A Zip Wash caller said she heard an explosion and a woman is possibly hurt. Police determined a woman hit an embankment with her car and the air bags deployed.
1:25 p.m. A Camino Carlos caller said she believes someone is using her Social Security number because she received a hospital bill that’s not hers.
3:37 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported a woman, who possibly has dementia, is going to other peoples’ apartments and looking through their windows.
6:31 p.m. A Bubble Zone caller reported picking up a girl who was getting punched and choked by a man. The caller took the girl to the emergency room.
9:40 p.m. A West Winesap Drive caller said teenagers were lighting fireworks and one of the fireworks hit the back window of their house and cracked it.
10:53 p.m. A caller said her friend called to tell her his truck was hanging off a cliff on Forest Road 144 on 31 Mile Road.
Too much weed
4:33 a.m. An Allsup’s caller said a 30-year-old man is running in and out of traffic and he tried to get into the moving cars.
6:42 a.m. A Walmart caller reported a man walking around with a blanket wrapped around him, looking into cars in the parking lot.
9:01 a.m. A Velarde caller said his ex-wife used his name to obtain insurance on a vehicle that was in a crash in November 2020.
9:30 a.m. A McCracken Lane caller reported sewage back-up from the lift station.
10:17 a.m. A Chimayó caller said a possibly stolen vehicle was in the driveway of an orchard.
12:04 p.m. An Alcalde caller said an electric pole fell down and the wires were on the ground.
1:33 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a person riding recklessly on a four-wheeler.
5:22 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller said a 60-year-old man was eating and fell over and hit his head.
6:10 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported the neighbors playing loud music. She also said there are two people in the apartment that have warrants.
8:13 p.m. A Mariscos La Playa caller said two men were fighting inside the business. After they were separated, one told the other that he was going to “wait for him in the parking lot.”
8:50 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported she took a lot of weed and was freaking out.
10:12 p.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller said a man and woman are in his spare bedroom and they always come in and sound like they are moving stuff around.