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:
10:29 a.m. A caller found a loaded needle in the Washington Federal parking lot. An Española City Police Department detective retrieved it.
1:49 p.m. A man reported he witnessed an electric scooter being stolen from Walmart. The cart was last seen heading north. Officers located it behind Dairy Queen and returned it to Walmart.
2:47 p.m. A San Pedro Shell caller wanted a man removed, who was sleeping by the building. Officers said it was a pile of clothes.
3:30 p.m. A Calle Vigil caller reported sewer running through his yard.
5:54 p.m. A Walmart security guard reported a man took a beer into the bathroom to drink it. An officer was issuing a citation and the man requested an ambulance for his anxiety.
6:20 p.m. A Big 5 customer was angry that the store had run out of an item and would not leave. He left before officers arrived.
7:54 p.m. A person whose vehicle broke down in the mountains contacted Rio Arriba Count Sheriff James Lujan for help. The sheriff directed deputies to get the man, who was stuck in the snow. He made it to the road about 11 p.m.
10:16 p.m. A man reported his wife was touched inappropriately at Walmart by an officer. She said the officer’s name was Ortiz but there is no one by that name in the Department. An officer was going to check surveillance.
10:48 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported there were two guy hanging around the trash compactor and that sometimes they get inside.
Take a hint
3:42 a.m. A Rodeway Inn caller reported a man came to visit a friend but there is no one in the room on whose door the man keeps knocking. He wouldn't take the hint to leave and sleeping in the hallway.
6:11 a.m. A Speedway on North Paseo de Oñate caller reported a man had been in the store since 5:30 and took a beer to drink in the bathroom and would not leave. He left before an officer arrived.
7:11 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a horse and a goat on Private Drive 11.
10:58 a.m. A Dixon caller reported two trucks collided on State Road 68. One driver was dead when medics arrived. They performed CPR on the other driver but he died also.
2:06 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported she visited a friend and when she left he started punching her car.
4:14 p.m. A Calle Rosario caller reported her son was breaking windows. She called back and said her hand was cut. The son was transported for evaluation, woman was transported for her hand injury.
4:35 p.m. A caller in the Henry Valencia parking lot reported a man in a truck hit his truck. Neither vehicle was registered or insured. Officers advised it was a civil matter.
6:37 p.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported her boyfriend was drunk and throwing things. He was arrested for battery on a household member.
9:18 p.m. A caller at the Speedway on Paseo de Oñate reported two men fighting and one was stabbed. Officers could not locate either fighter. Emergency room personnel contacted E-911 and advised the stabbed man had walked there. He refused to press charges.
10:12 p.m. A La Mesilla man reported he feared his girlfriend may harm herself. A deputy spoke with her. She was highly intoxicated and took an unknown number of Ibuprofen. Medics transported her to the emergency room.
1:39 a.m. A Calle Loma caller reported he had been drinking for three days and was now having trouble breathing. Medics responded but the man was not transported.
2:50 a.m. A Los Alamos Highway caller reported a truck slid off the road and struck a power pole.
8:16 a.m. A Motel 6 caller reported a man was beating a woman. Officers detained both of them. The woman was transported for a psychiatric evaluation.
8:52 a.m. A La Mesilla man awakened to find his wife deceased. The woman had multiple health issues. Office of Medical Investigators was notified.
10:35 a.m. A Sandy Lane caller reported a suspicious vehicle. Another caller 12 minutes later reported shots fired at the same location. An officer arrested a woman on an outstanding warrant and animal control collected a dog.
1:25 p.m. A Vallecitos woman reported someone stole money from her car after she was arrested Jan. 17 at the low income housing. A deputy advised they didn’t touch the car, but released it to the caller’s sister, who was high at the time.
1:50 p.m. A Canjilon caller reported a semi was stuck and obstructing traffic. The driver said he could get it out. A tow truck was called a half hour later.
3:48 p.m. A Taos Lane caller reported she was arguing with her mother.
5:06 p.m. A Chimayó woman reported her cat was stuck in a tree. Santa Fe County advised they don’t dispatch for such calls.
5:16 p.m. A West Chamisa Street caller reported her brother missing on 31-mile Road. Search and Rescue organized a team and Classic Air donated two hours of helicopter time. The man was found at about 10:30 p.m. with lacerations to his face and hypothermia.
8:14 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a highly intoxicated man banging on doors with a gun. His girlfriend got the clip out of the gun but said there was a round in the chamber. Deputies saw the man point the gun at his head. He left and returned to the house and was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
10:14 p.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported his roof was on fire. Firefighters fought the chimney fire from inside the house. Red Cross was contacted to help the family.
Car stolen, found
1:27 a.m. State Police dispatch requested assistance with a sexual assault report at Ohkay Casino. The victim was a tribal member.
6:34 a.m. An East Pueblo Street caller reported his car stolen.
7:03 a.m. A deputy departed for South Dakota to extradite a man. He returned at 10:03 p.m.
11:05 a.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a suicidal man walking along Country Road 23. Deputies did not see the man.
11:17 a.m. A BIA officer stopped a woman for DWI in Hernandez and requested a deputy assist. The woman was taken home.
11:36 a.m. A County Road 41 in Velarde caller complained about loud music. He was told there is no noise ordinance in the County.
12:40 p.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop on the car reported stolen in the 6:34 a.m. call.
2:02 p.m. A Santa Claran Casino caller reported an electrical fire in the bowling alley. He called back five minutes later and said everything they had extinguished the fire.
2:17 p.m. A Medanales caller reported a man drove his Cadillac into a field and left it running with the door open. A deputy spoke to the man who said demons were chasing him.
2:44 p.m. A man slapped a woman on the butt in Walmart.
3:08 p.m. .A woman whose sister had attempted suicide the previous day, was going to take her sister home. She feared she would try again. Deputies could not get a physical address for the two women.
3:36 p.m. A Del Norte Credit Union caller reported a man trying to withdraw $2,500 from an account with an altered I.D. He was arrested.
6:32 p.m. A Pima Road caller reported she went to her dead sister’s apartment and two people ran out of it. Officers arrested one woman.
9:43 p.m. A Coronado Avenue caller reported shots fired and then a vehicle sitting with a door open at Bond Street. Officers spoke to the driver and he was OK.
10:01 p.m. A Chimayó man reported his brother was dehydrated and hallucinating. The man was transported by medics to the emergency room.
11:14 p.m. A Hernandez man reported his friend passed out in his car. He said his friend suffers from depression and feared he would harm himself. The man refused treatment of transport.
11:59 p.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported shots fired and two men were fighting in front of the church. A sergeant responded to the call and one of the fighters approached her with a weapon. His friend tackled him. The sergeant took the unidentified weapon. Two men were arrested.
A little suspish
12:40 a.m. A caller requested an officer meet him in a fast food parking lot so he could report a supervisor touching him inappropriately. An officer advised the man to go to the police station when he was sober and file a report.
1:47 a.m. A Lynn Court caller reported her daughter in San Luis, Colo. had been in labor for two days. The call was transferred to Conejos County medics.
6:06 a.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported a dog in a car. An officer checked the dog and it was OK.
8:33 a.m. A Garcia’s Automotive caller reported a customer’s car was stolen.
11:06 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported her son’s father slapped her face. A deputy arrested one person but did not specify which parent.
12:09 p.m. An elderly man lost consciousness at Ohkay Casino and was transported to the emergency room.
12:45 p.m. A deputy located a car at Ohkay Express Mart that was stolen from somewhere in Santa Fe. It was towed.
1:35 p.m. A Motel 6 caller reported a guest was not answering the door and he needed to check out or pay for another night. The employee got in the room and found the man passed out.
2:04 p.m. A man called from the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot and said all his tools were stolen from his truck.
2:57 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a man was overdosing on opiates and was intubated. His son said he went to meet a strange woman at the casino the previous night and it’s suspicious. Officers were going to check casino surveillance.
3:15 p.m. A woman called from California to report her grandfather died last month and the caller’s cousin took his vehicle and emptied his bank account. Officers were going to check bank surveillance.
9:16 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported his ex-girlfriend was driving back and forth trying to run him over. He had to jump in the bushes. A deputy gave him a ride to the skate park to wait for his mom.
10 p.m. A caller reported he heard there may be a break-in at Guadalupe Credit Union. Red Hawk Security was servicing the ATM.
11:07 p.m. Deputies increased courtesy rounds at the El Rito senior center because of alleged threats by an ex-employee.
3:10 a.m. An officer checked some vehicles parked in the Walgreens parking lot. They were waiting for someone to retrieve the car.
6:42 a.m. A company repossessed a Hyundai Elantra on County Road 5.
9:47 a.m. A caller reported a man pushing a shopping cart full of laundry soap, trying to sell it.
10:30 a.m. An Española caller reported her daughter was throwing things and threatening to call police and take her children away. The caller was arrested for an outstanding warrant. The daughter was charged with domestic violence.
11:44 a.m. A Family Dollar in Española caller reported he approached a man shoplifting and was punched in the face. The shoplifter was described as a big (expletive) dude, wearing a big (expletive) jacket in a big (expletive) truck.
12:34 p.m. A caller reported smoke in the county building on Don Diego Street. He pulled the fire alarm but nothing happened. Firefighters found no flames but smoke was in one of the offices.
3:22 p.m. A caller on North Paseo de Oñate reported a man stumbling along. The man told the caller he had been stabbed and wanted to return to the emergency room.
3:38 p.m. A vehicle lost control on State Road 74 near San Juan Elementary. It rolled and hit a tree. The call was transferred to State Police.
4:40 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported she went to check on her brother and found him dead at his home. The call was transferred to Santa Fe Regional.
7:33 p.m. An El Rito man rented his Jeep to someone, who got it stuck. Before deputies responded they got the Jeep free.
7:55 p.m. The Family Dollar Store on North Riverside Drive was robbed at gunpoint. The robber took an unknown amount of cash. He was described as Hispanic, 5-feet, 9-inches tall and 300 pounds.
Little red Corvette
2:47 a.m. A deputy came upon a four-wheel drive vehicle that had hit a gas meter near Ohkay Travel Center. The vehicle was on top of the meter and gas was coming from under the car. The driver was possibly intoxicated but his disposition is not annotated. The gas company and volunteer fire departments were on scene until 4:30 a.m.
5 a.m. A Las Nutrias caller reported a silver Hyundai Santa Fe was stuck in a ditch. The caller tried to pull the man out. The call was transferred to State Police.
6:59 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a vehicle wrecked into the Yucca Realty yard. One man was on the ground and another was rendering aid. The man was transported to the emergency room. It is not stated whether the driver was at fault.
8:11 a.m. An officer tried to conduct a traffic stop for a maroon Pontiac that ran a red light. The driver would not stop and a brief pursuit took place. The officer ended the pursuit.
10:46 a.m. A driver near the Rio Chama Chevron in Hernandez reported a red Corvette and Escalade were either racing or it was a case of road rage.
12:16 p.m. A Carr Lane caller reported a man had an apparent heart attack and drove his car into the curb. He told officers his left side was numb. The man was transported to the emergency room and officers took a rifle for safe-keeping.
2:53 p.m. A caller reported a pedestrian was struck by a car in the Walmart parking lot. He was transported to the emergency room.
6:21 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a single-wide trailer was blocking the road. An officer said the trailer had a flat tire. It was repaired and the trailer was moved.
8:41 p.m. An East Hill Street caller reported her neighbor discharged his shotgun and rifle at her and her dog. He then punched her in the face. The man was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. It is not stated whether a weapon was confiscated.
11 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported a man in a red jacket and mullet was trying to break in. The man was told by officers to stay away from the apartments.