Man Arrested for Shoplifting, Brandishing Knife

An Autozone employee reported to E-911 Alfonso Chacon (left) was shoplifting. When challenged by the employee and customers, Chacon allegedly brandished a knife. He left the store and was arrested by city police officers in the parking lot.

    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:

Waste not

Sept. 7

    7:20 a.m. A Chamita caller reported someone stole his truck. The caller made contact with Onstar, which tracked the truck to County Road 74. Onstar advised they could not turn the truck off but initiated a “slow down.” The truck thief jumped out of the truck and ran. The caller got his truck back, albeit slightly damaged.

    9:06 a.m. A Denny’s call reported a couple “dined and dashed.”

    11:53 a.m. A Cooks Trailer Park caller reported a woman stole her dog from her yard. She got the dog back but the woman was now calling to dogs from other people’s yards.

    1:36 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported two men walking around requesting medical attention. A tribal officer found one man not breathing and performed CPR and administered Narcan. The man was transported to the Española Hospital emergency room.

    1:41 p.m. A County Road 6 caller reported his stepdaughter slashed his tires.

    2:14 p.m. A caller at Rivera Mortuary requested courtesy rounds because he suspected a fight would break out at a funeral.

    3:26 p.m. A Rutheron woman reported she was stuck on a raft on a lake. The call was transferred to New Mexico State Police.

    5:52 p.m. A Hair Depot caller reported his business was burglarized.

    7:50 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man was going through alcohol withdrawal. He was transported to the emergency room.

    8:54 p.m. A Lyndrith man reported he hit and killed a deer. He harvested what he could from the animal.

    9:08 p.m. A Days Inn caller reported his son locked himself in the room and he needed assistance getting in. Española City Police assisted State Police and a fight ensued. One person was arrested.


Parking lot

plate passing

Sept. 8

    6:22 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a woman in the Century Bank parking lot screaming for help. The woman had been hit by a white 2-door Ford F150 truck. She was transported to the emergency room and then Careflight took her to another hospital.

    6:57 a.m. A Holy Cross Church caller requested a man approaching people for money be removed from the parking lot.

    9:35 a.m. A Vista Pointe caller reported someone would not let his son and fiancé leave. Police reported no one was stopped from leaving.

    11:02 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported her ex-boyfriend would not leave. When police arrived the man was walking down Riverside. He had a confrontation with an officer and was arrested.

    11:09 a.m. A Velarde caller reported he was bit by a pit bull Sept. 5 and had to seek medical attention.

    12:02 p.m. An Alcalde caller trying to recover his car was told by the man who had the car the caller, “Was next to be killed.”

    3:28 p.m. A Camino Carlos caller reported a man, whom he has a restraining order against, was at his house.

    4:31 p.m. A North Orchard Street caller reported she believed her sister broke into her house.

    4:58 p.m. A North Prince Drive caller reported a power line down and no electricity. Española Fire personnel reported no lines down, but two lines were swinging, occasionally touching.

    5:13 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a car flipped at the sharp turn and the driver ran.

    5:47 p.m. A tree was reported fallen at the intersection of Calle Pajarito and Lower San Pedro Road.

    6:43 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a power line was “really low” and he was afraid someone’s vehicle would catch it.

    7:34 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a transformer blew and sparks were flying out of it.

    8:48 p.m. A County Road 85 in Chimayó caller reported a power line down.


Mommy dearest

Sept. 9

    12:17 a.m. An officer made a traffic stop and discovered the driver had a warrant. He was not arrested because it was for a misdemeanor.

    1:33 a.m. A Coyote caller reported a downed power line arced and caught a tree on fire.

    3:02 a.m. Someone driving by reported a woman in front of Triple S in the road, yelling for Pete.

    5:44 a.m. A Jackrabbit Trail caller reported her daughter was putting things by her bed while she slept to trip her.

    9:20 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported his car was spray painted black the previous night but now it’s painted white over the black.

    9:47 a.m. A North Paseo de Oñate caller reported her brother overdosed on Fentanol. He was given two doses of Narcan and was OK.

    12:56 p.m. A Medanales caller reported he let some people stay at his house and now they won’t leave. A deputy arrived and everything was fine, just a disagreement.

    2:04 p.m. A father and son reported they were stuck in the snow on Forest Road 74. Search and rescue could not get to them without ATVs or snowmobiles. The two men walked out and met a search team.

    3:37 p.m. An El Guique caller reported his partner jumped on his car and fell off. Deputies spoke to the man who said he jumped on the car and the caller slammed on the brakes, causing the man to fall. He was transported to the emergency room, bleeding from the ear.

    5:13 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported she was following a black Jeep Cherokee whose driver stole her backpack. When police caught up with her they found the larceny occurred the previous week.

Not kicking tires

Sept. 10

    1:36 a.m. A Cooks Trailer Park caller reported a man knocking on her door. Police took the man home.

    6:50 a.m. A Hernandez Elementary caller reported the front door of the school was broken.

    9:13 a.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a two car accident with no injuries.

    9:57 a.m. A Desert Sun Motors  caller reported a man was kicking a car. Police spoke to the car-kicker.

    12:50 p.m. An El Centro Health employee reported her truck was broken into and her purse stolen.

    3:04 A Taco Bell customer reported a man brandished a rifle in the drive-thru. Police spoke to the woman working the drive-thru and she saw the same thing.

    4:01 p.m. A woman in front of Rock Christian Church requested an officer pick up a woman she had arrested on warrants.

    6:47 p.m. A South McCurdy Road caller, who was out of town reported her neighbor said the caller’s house was burglarized and guns were stolen.

    9:21 p.m. A caller in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot reported a Volkswagon hit a truck and left the scene. The truck driver chased the Volkswagon to Ohkay Casino. The Volkswagon also hit a Dominos car. State Police were on scene and took over.


Don’t count her

Sept. 11

    2:38 a.m. An alarm was activated at San Juan Elementary. The key-holder and a deputy found a fire extinguisher had been removed and sprayed and inside doors were vandalized.

    3:22 a.m. A Sunset Drive caller reported a vehicle hit some rocks in a yard and the car was disabled. The three occupants were 16, 12 and 11 years old. Police could not contact the mother for over an hour.

    5:56 a.m. A Walmart caller reported someone broke into her son’s car in the parking lot and was still in the car. He ran toward Murphy’s and the son followed. Police had one man detained but were checking surveillance.

    7:53 a.m. A Medanales man returned home from work and found all his home’s doors open, lights on and his dogs outside. Nothing was stolen.

    8:14 a.m. An Española Elementary School caller reported the school had been vandalized.

    9:32 a.m. An Ojo Caliente caller said his EBT card was run by the cashier at Olivers but he did not get his food. Deputies told the man it was a civil matter.

    11:59 a.m. A Census 2020 worker in Chama reported she knocked on a woman’s door to fill out a census form and the woman brandished a gun.

    12:20 p.m. City police served a warrant to Rincon de Estrella. The man was arrested.

    2:21 p.m. A T-Mobile employee reported the store on North Riverside Drive was robbed at gunpoint.

    2:41 p.m. A Dominos Pizza employee reported the store was burglarized the previous night and everything from the safe was taken. There was no forced entry and keys and safe codes were used.

    3:41 p.m. A caller from Santa Fe reported a young man in a black Mercedes will be delivering drugs to Española about 7 p.m. The caller said he does this regularly. Police looked until 8 p.m. and did not locate the car.

    7:52 p.m. A Milagro Village Trailer Park caller reported her husband refused to leave the residence. The husband was given a lawful order to leave the residence. He left and returned. An aunt reported he punched her niece in the face. He left again and police did not find him.

    9:20 p.m. A Lumberton caller reported a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 64. State Police took the call.

    10:11 p.m. Deputies assisted State Police and Game and Fish Department officers trying to locate and detain poachers in the Tierra Amarilla area. They did not find the vehicle matching the initial description.

Roll out the barrel

Sept. 12

    1:19 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported hearing a loud meta-crashing sound. He investigated and found a vehicle rolled over on U.S. Highway 84/285. State Police took the call.

    2:28 a.m. A Riverside Drive and State Road 76 caller reported a car rolled over. Police got the driver out. He was examined by medics and was OK.

    5:46 a.m. An Abiquiú near Ghost Ranch driver reported he hit an elk and air bags deployed. Medics checked him and said he was OK. Deputies gave him a ride to Española.

    7:02 a.m. A Calle Gallegos caller reported a woman was overdosing, not conscious, not breathing. Police administered one dose of Narcan and she was transported by medics to the emergency room.

    9:04 a.m. Abiquiú firefighters reported they were conducting a fire extinguisher use demonstration. “If you get calls about a barrel on fire, it’s Abiquiú Fire,” they said.

    9:18 a.m. A Habitat for Humanity caller reported a woman sleeping in the dumpster.

    10:10 a.m. An Ojo Caliente woman reported a man was selling “fraudulent property.”

    2:11 p.m. A Medanales caller reported someone vandalized her well.

    3:35 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a truck drove into someone’s house and was still on the porch. No one was injured. The 16-year-old driver said he swerved to avoid someone who pulled in front of him.

    4:21 p.m. A Days Inn caller reported the front desk would not give him clean towels. Police would not respond to the call.

    4:47 p.m. A Harbor Freight caller reported a couple were going in and out of the store continuously. Police made contact with the couple in the parking lot and arrested the man.

    7:14 p.m. A Jackrabbit Trail caller reported there were tractors and “Mexicans taking the dirt.” A tribal officer determined some residents were repairing the road.

    10:06 p.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported security kicked him out and was disrespectful. He called back and said he’d rather speak to a lawyer.

    11:29 p.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop and performed field sobriety tests. The man was arrested.

Pretty in pink

Sept. 13

    1:54 a.m. A motion alarm was activated at San Pedro Shell. An officer found a broken front window. He checked Corlett Road for a suspect and found a shirtless man walking with a trash bag full of cigarettes.

    6:38 a.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported two men stealing things from the back of the store. One man carried a “Giant box toward the back road.”

    9:28 a.m. A Medanales caller reported a man walking with a cane, “having issues.” A deputy spoke to the man who was out for his morning walk.

    10 a.m. A Las Cumbres Learning Center caller reported a man rolled up in a pink blanket by the building. Police found the blanket, but not the man.

    1:03 p.m. A Santa Clara man reported his Razor 4-seater was stolen on the pueblo but he is not a tribal member.

    2 p.m. Two Hernandez callers reported a man in a gray Honda driving recklessly. He was stopped near the Del Norte Credit Union and given field sobriety tests. He passed but was impaired. Someone from Los Alamos came to get him.

    4:44 p.m. A Census 2020 worker on North Riverside Drive reported he was knocking on a door and a dog is now between him and his car.

    4:53 p.m. An officer stopped a man from taking a Walmart shopping cart.

    7:18 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported his girlfriend was drunk and fighting with him, throwing rocks and a wrench. Police arrived and she was tasered and arrested.

    10:24 p.m. A Calle Milagro caller reported a vehicle was in front of his house. The person in the vehicle confronted the caller and threatened to enter his property. A city councilor called to ask when officers would respond. Officers told the people in the Jeep to stay away.


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