Stolen Car Used in Family Dollar Burglary

(SUNfoto by Robert Trapp)

Employees at the Family Dollar on Santa Clara Bridge Road play with their phones Nov. 19 as they wait for a repair crew to come replace the front doors to the store. None of the employees would identify themselves, nor provide information. Española Police Department Deputy Chief Jack Jones said someone stole a vehicle, drove to the store, backed the vehicle into the doors and stole 37 cartons of cigarettes. The thief then lit the car on fire somewhere in El Llano. A request for the incident report was pending at presstime.

    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:


Nov. 8

    2:27 a.m. A Rodeway Inn caller reported a large drunken party that would not quiet. An Española Police Department officer encouraged them to be quiet.

    8:38 a.m. An Industrial Park Road caller reported someone had shot a water tank. City utility staff were contacting Jemez Co-op for a bucket truck or the Fire Department for a ladder truck, so they could reach the hole on the tank.

    9:16 a.m. An El Rito caller reported her boyfriend was passed out and having trouble breathing. El Rito Volunteer Fire Department medics administered two doses of Narcan and began CPR. The man died and Office of Medical Investigators was notified.

    11:14 a.m. An Eagle Village on North Riverside Drive caller reported a man stabbed behind the hotel. Medics said the caller had mental issues and there was no stabbed man.

    11:56 a.m. A Village of Chama caller reported one of the Village buildings was broken into but nothing was missing.

    12:35 p.m. A North Paseo de Oñate caller reported a man drifting in and out of consciousness playing his guitar. Someone gave the man a ride home.

    1:39 p.m. A Velarde caller reported an unattended fire. Velarde Volunteer firefighters reported the man who started the fire left to go to town. He was a repeat offender.

    3:18 p.m. A Medanales caller reported his wife had been missing for a week. New Mexico State Police and Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded. A deputy was told the wife had left him and she was at her mother’s house.

    3:50 p.m. Two hunters on Quinlan Ranch reported they rolled their vehicle. Tierra Amarilla medics checked the men and both refused transport.

    6:28 p.m. A man who said he “works with the sheriffs” reported he was being blackmailed to link his personal information. He was advised it was a Facebook scam.

    8:58 p.m. An officer saw a vehicle with its headlights off and tried to make a stop. The driver would not stop but maintained speeds of 35 to 45 mph inside the city. He eventually hit spike strips near State Road 76 and Santo Niño Lane. He was arrested and in possession of an unloaded Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun.

    10:13 p.m. A caller reported a man with a U.S. Marshall warrant had a gallon of gas and lighter threatening to blow up everything around him. The caller called back and said he had stopped the vehicle and it was not the man he was looking for.

    10:52 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported her friend’s 2-year-old son may have swallowed a balloon of heroin. Medics checked the child and he was OK.

    11:58 p.m. An Española Hospital Emergency Room caller reported a man and a woman had arrived with stab wounds. The woman and her father left a  party in La Puebla and when he pulled over by the Dreamcatcher to vomit a man attacked them. The call was transferred to New Mexico State Police.

ATM card test

Nov. 9

    1:38 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported she wanted to go to the gas chamber for harming her daughter. She was transported to the emergency room.

    6:54 a.m. A caller reported there was a pony on Fairview Lane. The owner rounded it up.

    7:41 a.m. A Wells Fargo caller reported two men trying to break into the ATM. The two men told officers they were trying to figure out how to use the ATM card.

    7:58 a.m. A Sandy Lane woman reported finding a purse in her front yard.

    8:56 a.m. A Coronado Ave. caller reported a woman in a hospital gown, no shoes and an IV in her arm walking by the church. An officer chased her to the old La Cocina. She was transported back to the hospital.

    1:56 p.m. An Abiquiú woman reported a teen-aged boy was going through her house and she wanted him removed. The boy took her truck and deputies found it at Romero’s Fruit Stand. The boy was trying to harm himself and was taken to the emergency room.

    3:24 p.m. A Calle Celestino caller reported her mother was beat up by her boyfriend. The victim wanted to be checked by medics. She was transported to the emergency room. The boyfriend was arrested and an emergency restraining order served on him.

    7:05 p.m. A Milagro Village trailer park caller reported a man with a gun knocking on doors. Officers believe it may be a suspect in a kidnapping/stolen car incident.

    7:46 p.m. A Walmart employee reported someone tried to use a counterfeit $50 bill.

    8:31 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported she dropped her car off at a co-worker’s house to be worked on and now the co-worker was driving it.

Super absent

Nov. 10

    12:04 a.m. A State Police patrolman reported a van by the Valdez Bridge was fully engulfed in fire. Española Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire.

    12:53 a.m. A Velarde caller reported he captured on surveillance someone trying to steal his 4-wheeler.

    7:29 a.m. A Santa Cruz Post Office caller reported someone broke the front window.

    9:19 a.m. A Rutheron caller reported an abandoned truck on State Road 112 with a broken out windshield. State Police took the call.

    9:56 a.m. A deputy came upon an abandoned car near Echo Canyon on U.S. Highway 84 with three tires missing and a broken passenger window.

    10:54 a.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a woman drunk and banging on the doors. One woman was arrested and taken to tribal court.

    1:05 p.m. A teacher called to request a welfare check on a child who had missed 27 days of school.

    1:57 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a man overdosing, barely breathing. The caller administered two doses of Narcan. The overdosing man got up and left before medics arrived.

    3:24 p.m. A man called from behind the Dreamcatcher Theater stating he was, “In fear from his life.” State Police took the call.

    4:43 p.m. A JGN Lane caller reported a man pointing a rifle with a scope at cars. An officer spoke to the man who had an air rifle.

    5:44 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported a vehicle abandoned under the bridge by La Tiendita. The car was towed.

    7:48 p.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller reported she went home with a man who beat her. Her face was bleeding and she lost consciousness. She did not want to file a complaint, and did not have any information on the man.

    8:12 p.m. A Calle de la Luz caller reported he shot himself in the knee while cleaning his gun. He was transported to the hospital. The man was positive for COVID so officers had to spray themselves, their equipment and their patrol cars with disinfectant.

Does smoke weed

Nov. 11

    12:38 a.m. A man ran in front of an officer in front of the Santa Claran Casino. He was arrested.

    2:56 a.m. A Pinion Drive in Chama caller said he was protecting his daughter, some men were outside, an officer already went and he “Did drink a little and does smoke weed.”

    3:22 a.m. An Old Hospital Road caller reported his monitoring ankle bracelet hurt. He refused an ambulance, or being taken to the hospital. He was told to speak with whomever installed the device.

    6:45 a.m. A caller reported a brown Buick hit the light pole at the North Railroad and Fairview Lane intersection.

    8:48 a.m. A Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative employee said the Co-op would be closed “for awhile” while performing COVID safe cleaning.

    9:55 a.m. A Victory Faith Church caller reported a man unconscious and not responding in the parking lot. Officers spoke to a woman who was praying.

    12:47 p.m. A Calle Rivera caller reported about 10 tents by the tennis courts. Officers could not verify it was public property, or the city’s.

    3:06 p.m. A Hernandez man reported three teens on 4-wheelers driving through his property. A deputy stopped the ATVs and parents came to retrieve their children.

    3:33 p.m. A Lower San Pedro road caller reported someone cut through their wrought iron and stole trophy animals.

    7:44 p.m. A Calle Rosario caller reported three vehicles in front of his house and several men on foot breaking into his car, “Because he got away with raping a child.” Police officers could find no vehicles nor men on foot.

    8:06 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a woman had been molested in the store. Officers were going to review surveillance.

    10:42 p.m. An Allsups caller reported a woman in a silver Bronco unconscious and not breathing. Someone on scene performed CPR and administered one Narcan. The woman was transported to the emergency room but died.

    11:29 p.m. A deputy stopped to assist a driver near the Rio Chama Chevron. The driver admitted to drinking and failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested.

Mysterious video

Nov. 12

    4 a.m. A Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative dispatcher said alarms were going off at the Co-op but everything was fine.

    6:24 a.m.  South Riverside Drive caller reported a truck in the road with a Coke machine in the back and someone was getting beat up. Officers found no one.

    7:57 a.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported a man was unconscious and not breathing. The caller said there was a bottle of whiskey next to him and the victim takes Suboxone, benzoids and Seriquil. Deputies secured the scene and determined the man had died.

    9 a.m. A Jemez View Street caller reported a neighbor’s pitbull was killing cats and the neighbor didn’t care.

    10:09 a.m. A Walmart manager reported a man who continues to come into the store yelling at an employee. The man was arrested.

    11 a.m. A Camino Miramontes caller reported a seventh grade boy and an older woman sent a video of unknown content to a teacher. The teacher sent it to the caller. She did not know whether to contact CYFD. Police did contact CYFD.

    1:54 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported there were people in the hallway wanting to murder him. A security guard threatened to kill him. An officer said the man was OK.

    2:21 p.m. A Calle Loma caller reported two people living in a van in his back yard. He wanted them removed.

    4:27 p.m. A drunk and disorderly man at the Park and Ride lot was arrested.

    4:37 p.m. An East Jiron Street caller thought the man wanted in the kidnapping and car theft incident was at a neighbor’s home. It was not the wanted man.

    5:19 p.m. A County Road 1 in Hernandez caller reported two boys riding a 4-wheeler and a dirt bike unsafely. A deputy told parents to take their children home because it’s too dark.

    6:05 p.m. A Dixon caller reported a two-vehicle crash on State Road 75. One man was injured and transported to the emergency room.

    6:20 p.m. An aggressive female shoplifter got in a physical fight with a security guard in front of Walmart. The woman was arrested.

Pugilist dog-hater

Nov. 13

    1:35 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported drug addicts in the field behind Food King breaking into people’s houses. Police could find no one.

    4:50 a.m. A newspaper route driver reported windows broken at Angelina’s Restaurant. Police made entrance through the broken window and cleared the area. The alarm went off as police were leaving. They could not find a key holder to deactivate the alarm.

     8:09 a.m. A man scouting for a hunt in the Tierra Amarilla area reported he lost his license.

    8:20 a.m. A Club Tropicana caller reported a man in a hospital gown at the bar. Police gave the man a ride home.

    10:13 a.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a black Lincoln with its windows busted out and needles in the vehicle. The call was passed to Santa Fe County.

    10:49 a.m. A Santa Clara caller reported a teenager overdosing. The call was transferred to Tribal Police.

    12:14 p.m. A Hunter Street caller reported a drunk man, “Walking around the area punching dogs.” Police could not find the dog-puncher.

    12:38 p.m. A man was burned on his leg and face trying to get out of a brush fire in Coyote. He refused air transportation and was driven to University of New Mexico Hospital.

    1:42 p.m. City police were asked to assist State Police as they pursued a man through Santa Cruz and up through Chimayó. State Police stopped the man near Nambé. Deputies recovered the trailer the arrested man lost during the chase.

    2:20 p.m. A man reported he was attacked at the Ohkay Laundromat. His face was bleeding but he refused transport to the emergency room.

    3:01 p.m. A man reported he forgot his dog when he visited 420 Emporia during the morning. Friends had taken care of his dog.

    4:16 p.m. A woman hit a post in front of Dairy Queen on North Riverside Drive. The woman was injured but treated on the scene. Police checked the serial number of her handgun.

    5:10 p.m. A Bureau of Indian Affairs caller reported a trailer being pulled by a vehicle tipped into the median in front of Little Caesar’s. The owner called AAA.

    6:54 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a man slumped over the wheel of a Nissan Titan. When an officer approached him, he ran. The man was caught and arrested on an outstanding local warrant and one from Texas. Someone came and got the man’s dog from the car.

    9:34 p.m. A CYFD caller requested assistance to go check on a child in Las Lomas Apartments. An officer escorted the CYFD agent.

    11:45 p.m. A Calle Redonda caller requested police assist him in retrieving his wallet from someone. Police helped the man get his wallet and arrested him for an outstanding warrant.

‘Date’ steals van

Nov. 14

    12:16 a.m. A Zuni Lane caller reported a man passed out at his back door. An officer called the caller back an hour-and-a-half later and was told the caller called State Police who handled it.

    1 a.m. A County Road 5 caller reported a man barely breathing, spitting up blood. Someone on the scene performed CPR. La Mesilla Volunteer medics responded and the scene was turned over to State Police.

    1:46 a.m. A Velarde woman reported she thinks her boyfriend is trying to kill her. He took her some water and it doesn’t taste right. The call was transferred to State Police.

    6:44 a.m. A Calle Duran caller requested police check on a woman in pajamas pushing a baby in a stroller.

    8:30 a.m. A Calle Loma caller reported two heroin addicts were back living in his van. He wanted them removed again.

    10:09 a.m. A JGN Lane caller reported a burglar broke into her fifth-wheel and stole her generator. The burglar left the tools behind used to dislodge the generator.

    11:47 a.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported he met a woman at the Casino, went back to his room with her. When he awakened the woman and his rented car were gone. Deputies were looking for the woman in Chimayó.

    3:57 p.m. An East Pueblo Street caller reported a woman at 2 p.m. stole her mail, including a package, from her mail box.

    4 p.m. A Laguna Street caller reported a cat was stuck in a tree with its face in a tin can. An officer freed the cat from the tree and tin can.

    4:11 p.m. A deputy conducted a traffic stop on the van stolen by the woman in the 11:47 a.m. call. The woman was arrested, the van returned to the man.

    5:41 p.m. A woman was reported overdosing in Santa Clara. The victim left before an ambulance arrived.

    8:12 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a man overdosing. A family member on scene administered Narcan twice and the man was revived. He was transported to the emergency room.

    11:36 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported a drunk man by the car wash. He was arrested on outstanding warrants.


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