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:
Needs phone fix
1:04 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported if she didn’t find her phone there would be 10 dead bodies.
4:44 a.m. A man near the Allsups on Riverside Drive reported he hit an owl and it was stuck in the grill of his car. An Española Police Department officer removed the owl, which flew away.
9:03 a.m. A Sonic on South Riverside Drive caller reported a man walking in the road, threatening suicide. He was transported to the Española Hospital Emergency Room.
9:41 a.m. A Brown Street caller reported a man overdosing or highly intoxicated. He was transported to the emergency room.
11:53 a.m. A man who had been in Walmart reported he saw a man steal some headsets and was now selling them by the Shoe Department. Police found no headsets on the man but did find drugs. He was cited for possession.
2:02 p.m. A Darrin’s Place caller reported a woman was refusing treatment but would not leave. She left before police arrived.
7:20 p.m. A Pizza 9 employee, and later a customer outside, reported a man at the door with a machete. When officers arrived the man would not immediately drop the machete but eventually did. He was arrested.
10:13 p.m. An officer reported almost being struck by an Acura while he had someone pulled over near Upper San Pedro. The officer followed the man at 1 mph to Middle San Pedro and issued several citations.
11:31 p.m. A West Bond Street caller reported a man was fighting with the air. An officer said the man was OK.
Who’s the child
12:03 a.m. An Arroyo Seco Circle caller reported someone was shot or stabbed. The call was transferred to Santa Fe Regional.
12:05 a.m. A girl reported her mother and grandmother were drinking and fighting. An officer put the girl in his car while he spoke with the adults. The child was eventually released to her grandfather.
1:15 a.m.A city police officer conducted a traffic stop on a spray-painted Honda. The vehicle was towed but the driver was not arrested.
5:01 a.m. A Calle Chavez caller reported he needed his tenants checked on because men with guns were outside her house. Police found no men with guns but a car started on its own.
6:28 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man was trying to commit suicide. He drank Fabuloso in front of her. Deputies had to subdue the man, who refused medical care. However, he had an outstanding DWI warrant from Taos County so he was arrested.
6:44 a.m. A Velarde woman reported she had been electrocuted and her neck was broken. She later said a man gave her nerve gas. The call was transferred to State Police.
8:49 a.m. A Greenfield Road caller reported a dog stuck in a tree.
12:54 p.m. A Simmons Lane caller reported someone in a gold Honda was picking up packages from homes. City police arrested one man.
4:08 p.m. A man by Walgreens reported the people at Trump headquarters were not wearing masks and want police to cite them. He was referred to State Police and then to the COVID enforcement web site. He was upset and disconnected.
6:06 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a man asleep behind the wheel in the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 84. A deputy found the man on the shoulder. He had stopped to text.
11:14 p.m. A Velarde caller reported people were fighting in her house, accusing her of taking people there. The fighting parties were gone when State Police arrived.
11:42 p.m. A Tesuque Drive caller reported her husband was scaring the children. He had a gun and was naked. The man left before officers arrived, still naked.
Bringing a gun
to a tractor fight
1:44 a.m. An intoxicated suicidal man was reported by the Española Post Office. An officer found the man and he was transported to the emergency room.
5:51 a.m. A Days Inn employee reported a guest was going through alcohol withdrawal.
8 a.m. A caller at Northern New Mexico College reported someone tried to get into the automotive building. No one gained access but damaged College property.
8:13 a.m. A city employee reported a man pushing a lawn mower from the city compound to a house nearby. Police arrested one man.
9:56 a.m. An Embudo Winery employee reported an employee for embezzlement.
11:23 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported someone stole a converter from the IT building. He had information on the thief.
1:30 p.m. A Los Alamos School District teacher reported during a Google school meeting a mother hit her 7-year-old daughter and left the meeting. CYFD was notified.
3:35 p.m. A Calle Juan Jose Vigil caller reported a tractor was parked on his property. The tractor was parked on the shoulder of the road and the officer took the callers .38 caliber handgun because he was making threats with it.
7:35 p.m. A Rutheron caller reported a pickup full engulfed. Brazos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department extinguished.
9:23 p.m. Two deputies conducted a traffic stop in Velarde and arrested one man.
5:26 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported he picked up a woman by the church and she said she was raped, kidnapped and held hostage. State Police went to talk to the man.
9:39 a.m. A caller in the Walmart parking lot reported a man stole a purse from an elderly lady and jumped in a blue Jeep Cherokee. The driver hit another car as the two men left the parking lot.
11:54 a.m. A State Road 76 caller reported she came home from college and found her apartment empty.
1:45 p.m. A two-car accident closed the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 84/285 in Hernandez. One vehicle flipped over but both drivers were OK.
2:37 p.m. A Valley Collision caller reported a man was dropped at the tow yard who said he was just released from Haven Behavioral in Albuquerque. Police talked to the man and he was transported to the emergency room.
4:41 p.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported a man fighting with the landlord and threw the security guard in the street. Police were looking for the man known as “giant.”
5:21 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported a couple in a gold vehicle, “doing things that shouldn’t be done in public.”
6:36 p.m. A State Police dispatcher advised of a Calle Celestino resident putting a spike in the road when people drove by.
6:39 p.m. A Peacock Lane caller reported his son jumped him and took his television to give to his drug dealer for payment.
7:12 p.m. A Calle Celstino resident reported two brothers were fighting and one knocked out the other one. He was unconscious but breathing.
9:38 p.m. A Wendy’s employee reported a customer was demanding a refund and throwing food at the window.
1:25 a.m. A man by Allsups said he felt like his lungs were bleeding and he had a hard time breathing. Medics followed COVID protocols.
7:52 a.m. A Coca Cola truck driver reported another truck hit him and rolled. Deputies said the truck did not roll and both drivers were fine.
8:22 a.m. A Dixon man reported a woman was in his house earlier. He checked the doors, which were locked, and nothing was taken.
8:58 a.m. A city planning director called requesting police clear an abandoned building on Fairview so he could go in with a contractor. Officers cleared some people.
10:22 a.m. A Dollar General in Alcalde employee reported an elderly man down by the coolers. He was having difficulty breathing and had a low pulse. No one knew how to perform CPR. Someone said they would not perform CPR because of the liability. State Police responded but the man died.
12:35 p.m. A La Mesilla caller said she awakened to a commotion outside with bright lights and when she went out, there was evidence of someone trying to dig under her front gate.
1:57 p.m. A Medanales man wanted his son removed from the home. The son ran up an arroyo, deputies in pursuit. He was arrested and taken to Taos Adult Detention Center.
2:36 p.m. A Darrin’s Place caller reported a man was having a psychotic breakdown and needed an ambulance. He was transported to the emergency room.
3:41 p.m. A Lindrith man reported his wife was having a heart attack and he was preforming CPR. State Police did not have an officer available. A deputy got there almost an hour later and the woman had died.
6:23 p.m. A Metro PCS employee reported a man walking back and forth in front of the store. The man and a woman came in and asked if the employee was along and was the back door unlocked. The employee said she saw a gun in the trunk of the man’s car. Police questioned the couple.
7:19 p.m. A Medanales woman reported a young man came to her door and said his friend was sick. She asked him how he got through the front gate, which was locked. The man left and the gate was still locked.
12:24 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a man unconscious on the sidewalk. He was given two doses of Narcan and transported to the emergency room.
9:47 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller wanted to know if a car on his property was stolen. Police responded and one man was arrested.
1:34 p.m. A two-car accident was reported in front of Saints and Sinners. One vehicle was totaled. No one was seriously injured.
2 p.m. A Calle del Sol caller wanted to report some Taos deputies, tribal officers and State Police involved in homosexual activities. The call was transferred to Taos County.
4:15 p.m. A transgender woman in Rio Rancho reported death threats on Facebook. The poster was allegedly in the Española area.
5:24 p.m. Jicarilla Apache Nation Tribal Police reported a Lumberton single-vehicle accident. The driver refused a deputy’s request for field sobriety tests. He was arrested. His passenger was arrested for possession
6:32 p.m. An officer chased a vehicle down Fariview Lane to Bonecutter Lane, where the driver and a passenger got out and ran. The car was towed.
8:06 p.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported a man breaking into a neighbor’s home. An officer caught a man crawling under a fence but not breaking into anything.
12:20 a.m. A Jackrabbit Trail man had a possible broken shoulder. There was no further information on the call.
12:44 a.m. A State Police caller requested close patrols on West Granada Street because a woman’s ex-boyfriend had been released from jail and had been threatening her.
7:20 a.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported her trailer was on fire. Española Fire Department and several volunter departments fought the fire. One person was burned and transported to the emergency room. A woman had a seizure on scene. The state fire marshal was called. A suspect was standing in the field behind the house watching it burn.
11:07 a.m. A Santuario Drive caller reported a driver had a seizure and crashed into a barricade. The call was transferred to Santa Fe Regional.
11:42 a.m. A Medanales caller reported a woman fell off her bicycle on U.S. Highway 84/285. She was transported to the emergency room.
12:47 p.m. A U.S. Highway 84/285 driver in Hernandez reported a man pointed and later brandished a hand gun at him as he drove. A deputy found the vehicle the caller described and was working with an assistant district attorney to file charges.
3:28 p.m. A Lumberton caller reported a man drove his truck into a tree and a woman in the truck “doesn’t have a good idea of where she’s at.” The call was transferred to State Police but they were gone when patrolmen arrived.
4:33 p.m. An irate caller reported two police cars were driving up and down a county road and he wanted to know what agency owned the vehicles.
7:16 p.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported her 12-year-old and 6-year-old children left on an ATV four hours earlier and had not returned. They also had her vehicle keys. They returned while she was on the phone.
9:01 p.m. A man at Speedway on North Riverside Drive reported he pepper-sprayed a man who was trying to attack the manager.