Tackled by Skate Park

Española Police Officer Jerome Broyles arrests Jorge Dominiguez, 28, July 27 on North Railroad Avenue. The man was allegedly spray-painting a stolen car at Valdez Park. Broyles chased the man from Valdez Park to Railroad, where Deputy Dwayne Epling (with flak vest) tackled him. To Epling's right is Deputy Andres Sanchez.

    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:


July 20

    5:31 a.m. A Santa Claran Casino caller flagged down an Española Police Department officer and said a man ran behind the casino with a machete. An officer spoke to the man who did not have a machete.

    7:47 a.m. A woman in Cooks Trailer Park reported her stolen vehicle was in Albuquerque at a hotel. The call was transferred to Albuquerque dispatch.

    9:50 a.m. A County Road 19 man reported an unattended death. New Mexico State Police took over the scene.

    10:25 A Fairview Lane and Riverside Drive caller reported people are running the light. He said he’s been calling for six months and wants officers to “write tickets and do their job.”

    10:38 a.m. A deputy near the Dollar General Store in Hernandez reported he found the county vehicle stolen from the senior center a few days prior.

    10:58 a.m. A woman outside Walmart reported people were selling Walmart merchandise in the parking lot.

    2:38 p.m. A Paseo de Oñate caller reported she found a purse full of needles and credit cards. City police picked it up.

    5:01 p.m. The YMCA Teen Center director reported some items were stolen over the weekend and he had surveillance of the theft.

    8:12 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a woman in a Ford Taurus hit a tree. The driver’s injuries were unknown.


Which will?

July 21

    1:27 a.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a staff member was assaulted by a patient. The patient was arrested.

    8:15 a.m. An El Rito man wanted deputies to trespass his ex-wife. He was advised it is a civil matter.

    10:01 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported two storage units were broken into.

     11:11 a.m. A caller near Ohkay Owingeh reported a man in the highway waving and pointing a gun at passing cars. The man’s vehicle had broke down, he had no gun and was given a ride to La Mesilla by a deputy.

    1:03 p.m. A Jicarilla Nation man posted on Facebook he was overdosing and said goodbye to everyone. Jicarilla Tribal took the call.

    3:19 p.m. A North Railroad caller reported he may be suffering from alcohol poisoning. He was transported to the emergency room.

    5:44 p.m. A Calle Chavez caller reported her dead father’s will gave her brother the trailer. People came to the trailer and said they had a will that said it was his niece’s trailer.

    7:30 p.m. A Corlett Road caller reported an ATV and a side-by-side with children on it driving up and down Corlett Road recklessly.

    9:04 p.m. A CVS caller reported a man in the middle of Fairview Lane talking to somebody but no one is there. Police reported several people in the area who are high.


Empty closet

July 22

    12:16 a.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported a neighbor’s house was burglarized and three men left the scene in a dark Ford F150. Police found the truck on Avenida Cañada. It had tools and car batteries in the back.

    4:45 a.m. A Holmes Wrecker Yard caller reported there were three men in the yard but two had left in a red Jeep.

    10:43 a.m. A woman made a report at the police Department that she was a passenger in a car accident and the driver of the other vehicle was harassing her because insurance wouldn’t repair his car.

    1:54 p.m. A Speedway caller requested “a bunch of young street walkers” be dispersed. An officer moved them along.

    4:53 p.m. A State Road 96 caller reported two vehicles came around a blind turn and collided. Three people were injured. A Sheriff’s sergeant tried to get Careflight to pick up one person but weather would not allow landing.

    5:35 p.m. A County Road 9 caller reported his house was broken into and he had “some guys trapped in the closet.” There was no one in the closet. The man refused a psychiatric evaluation.

     6:07 p.m. A Valdez Park caller advised there was a couple in a red SUV doing inappropriate things.

    6:47 p.m. A Wendy’s caller reported a woman in a gray truck would not leave the drive thru because she wanted a refund.

    6:50 p.m. City police responded to a report of a man overdosing by the Shoe Department on North Riverside Drive. He was revived with Narcan.

    8:04 p.m. A 12-year-old boy reported a woman attacked and bit him on Calle de Pajarito. When officers arrived the woman ran inside her house. She was arrested and was banging her head on the cage on her way to the hospital.

    9:16 p.m. A Truchas woman reported she found her missing father. He was locked in the trunk of a car. Ojo Sarco firefighters used extricating equipment to get the man out. He was dehydrated but OK.

    10:41 p.m. A City Police officer made a traffic stop that resulted in recovering a stolen vehicle and a gun of unknown ownership. One man was arrested.


Mask ratting

too much paperwork

July 23

    12:23 a.m. An officer tried to stop a driver near Speedway on Riverside and then took off. He followed the car north at speeds up to 100 mph. State Police stopped the driver and tazered him near County Road 44 in Alcalde. He was arrested for DWI.

    2:27 a.m. An Ohkay Hotel caller reported a man smoked meth in a room and set off the smoke alarm. The man had federal warrants from Albuquerque but State Police said they had no one to come serve them. The man was eventually arrested at 6:05 a.m. by State Police.

    6:40 a.m. A Brazos caller reported an older man was not breathing and was stiff. Office of Medical Investigators declared the man dead at 9:24 a.m.

    8:48 a.m. A woman reported a man with a shotgun was threatening her and her two children. Police arrested a woman with a knife who had stabbed someone.

    10:04 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported a North Central Solid Waste Authority trash truck on its side. The driver climbed out and was holding a towel to his head and complained of hip pain. He said his brakes failed.

    The Authority had to get another trash truck and a backhoe to transfer the trash out of the wrecked truck so it could be towed.

    1:28 p.m. A man was reported behind Food King to be screaming and fighting the air. Police calmed him.

    6:40 p.m. The Española city manager reported he was getting calls about a large gathering at Valdez Park and people not wearing masks. State Police advised he should send an email so a lieutenant can review before dispatching State Police. City police found there were many groups but none larger than six people.

    6:49 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Detention Center employee reported an inmate swallowed multiple strips of Suboxone. The inmate was transported to the emergency room.

    8:20 p.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller reported her child’s father broke into the house. When police arrived he was having an anxiety attack and said he was suicidal. He was transported to the emergency room.


Wet U-turn

July 24

    1:41 a.m. A Santa Claran Apartments caller said she was told to call 911 for the security guard who was getting beat up. Officers found the guard was had cuts on his arm and eyebrow.

    2:54 p.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller reported he sold some items to someone at 8 p.m. and they hadn’t paid him yet.

    7:13 An Alcalde caller reported his ATV stolen.

    7:38 a.m. A city employee reported a power blower stolen from one of the city vehicles parked at Ranchitos Park.

    8:36 a.m. A McCurdy Road caller reported almost getting hit by a black pickup. City police stopped the vehicle about a mile north and the driver was arrested for DWI.

    9:23 a.m. A Santa Clara Bridge Road caller reported seeing someone make a u-turn and hit the fire hydrant. Water was leaking from the hydrant.

    9:45 a.m. A man was reportedly overdosing in front of the Speedway on North Riverside Drive. Police found he was OK and medics were not required.

    10:44 a.m. A West Jonathon Drive caller reported a drug cartel and gang members are harassing him because they think he stole from them. He went to the police station to make a report.

    12:44 p.m. A woman near Hernandez Elementary reported a primered truck dumping trash in the arroyo by the school.

    12:55 p.m. An Alcalde woman reported her daughter was threatening to kill herself. Family held her down until medics arrived and she was transported to the hospital.

    1:53 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Court officer requested an ambulance for a teen threatening suicide.

    2:15 p.m. A Chimayó man reported he was going through alcohol withdrawal. When first responders arrived he refused help and said he would get a bottle for that night.

    6:48 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported an elderly woman was with them who was confused and was a Silver Alert in May. He called back and said a manager from El Parasol was taking her home to her husband, who didn’t know she was gone.

    9:35 p.m. A Speedway on North Riverside Drive caller reported a man was attacking the security guard. Police arrested the man, who would not give police his name.


One year repair

July 25

    12:30 a.m. A Carr Lane caller reported a man had overdosed and was unconscious and not breathing. An E-911 operator gave instructions on CPR. The man was awake when officers arrived.

    7:04 a.m. A La Joya Street caller reported a man “digging something up” at the car wash, which was closed. Police found the man was looking for a lost earring.

    11:12 a.m. A woman reported a mechanic had her car for a year and hadn’t repaired it yet. She also stated the mechanic agreed to buy it but wants to pay less now. She was advised it was a civil matter.

     12:17 p.m. A Chamita man thought he found his stolen car. He reported he found it on County Road 56 but deputies determined it was the wrong model.

    1:49 p.m. A Fairview Flowers caller reported a red ATV was parked by his business. Police believed it belonged to someone on Calle Duran.

    4:29 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a woman overdosing in what he described as a dealer’s house. Deputies would not respond due to COVID conditions and the caller was intoxicated.

    7:37 p.m. A North Kiva Lane caller reported an ATV driver knocked down a fence and ran.

    8:07 p.m. A man on White Swan Lane was reported to be carrying a jack and saying he killed someone. He was transported to the emergency room.

    11:12 p.m. A Calle Delvina caller reported his niece was almost raped at a high school party. Police tracked the suspect down at his residence. No report was taken.


Flipping vehicles

July 26

    1:16 a.m. A Coyote caller reported a young man flipped his truck, was ejected and his back hurt. His parents picked him up and took him to an emergency room.

    7:59 a.m. A Medanales caller reported topless women running around the area. A different caller at 8:22 a.m. reported a naked woman in the highway throwing things at people passing. Several State Police officers responded.

    9:17 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported he found a vehicle upside down in a ditch. Deputies located the driver at her grandmother’s house.

    9:36 a.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported he was hit by another vehicle and was uninjured. No deputies nor State Police were available. He called back at 11:04 a.m. concerned that his car in the road was inviting another accident. La Mesilla Volunteer Fire Department was paged to direct traffic.

    12:54 p.m. A Wendy’s employee reported a woman refused to leave from the drive-thru.

    1:50 p.m. A woman near the Medanales Post Office reported the arroyo was full of water and some roads washed out.

    2:10 p.m. A deputy was flagged down because a car was half-submerged in the arroyo. Two people got out of the car and a tow truck was called.

    4:43 p.m. A Chamita caller said her neighbor was shooting his gun in the air to scare her dogs. A deputy told him to not shoot into the air, call animal control.

    7:57 p.m. A Dollar General in Alcalde caller reported two men in a truck sitting in the parking lot for four hours. Deputies arrested one of the men on two outstanding warrants.

    11:28 p.m. An irate woman reported her son got in a fight at the storage lockers on North Riverside Drive. He was taken to the emergency room but ran off. The man who hit him was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm.

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