Suspicious vehicle stop

This New Mexico State Police patrolmen pulled over the black Nissan because it had been spray-painted black. This is a common practice among car thieves. The driver's registration and insurance were checked and he went on his way.

    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:

Deputy for lunch

Nov. 1

    12:06 a.m. A Kennedy Loop in Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a woman was not conscious nor breathing. The caller was performing CPR. The woman died.

    2:59 a.m. An Española Police Department Officer on patrol found the gate to the Española Valley High School was rammed. He found no other damage.

    6:53 a.m. A Family Dollar Store on North Riverside Drive reported an alarm was activated. A window was broken and the front door was open. A witness described the burglar and officers knew who it was.

    7:36 a.m. A Santa Claran Hotel caller reported three children left alone in a room. CYFD took over and the children eventually were returned to their mother and aunt.

    8:47 a.m. A Velarde couple reported a man with a knife outside their house. Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the man.

    9:08 a.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported a water leak. The road was closed until 7:34 p.m. while city utilities and streets worked on the line.

    12:03 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a woman was yelling at him that he had raped her daughter. She was trying to hit him with her truck. When a deputy arrived she sped off, reaching speeds of 82 mph on State Road 76. The deputy pursued her onto a dirt road. When he tried to restrain her, she bit him. She was arrested and transported to the Española Hospital emergency room.

    12:30 p.m. A unknown store owner in Chama reported an unresponsive man in the bathroom. Tierra Amarilla medics were on scene in nine minutes but the man was dead. Office of Medical Investigators was called.

    2:36 p.m. A Champion Carwash caller reported people throwing needles out of their car.

    3:07 p.m. An Ojo Caliente woman reported her husband and father were being threatened because they were using the irrigation water.

    4:03 p.m. An Española School District security officer reported people walking around the sheds. Police officers cited one of the intruders.

    5:15 p.m. An Ash Loop caller reported her’s and her neighbor’s cars were damaged by someone trying to start the car through the push button start.

    5:39 p.m. A Tierra Amarilla caller reported a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 64/84. Tierra Amarilla medics responded in five minutes. Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police had no officers available. Medics handled the call themselves. Three people were hurt. One was trapped inside a truck. He was eventually airlifted from the Tierra Amarilla Clinic. Another was transported to the Española Hospital emergency room and then airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital. The third patient’s situation was not given.

    7:50 p.m. A Crisis Center in El Llano caller reported hearing a couple argue in the cemetery. Officers found no one.

    8:26 p.m. An officer reported a man he pulled over wanted to complain to a sergeant because the officer told him not to drive his car because it wasn’t insured.

Towel service

Nov. 2

    1:27 a.m. A Calle del Rio caller reported hearing yelling and screaming in an abandoned house. Officers found a woman with mental issues and under the influence of narcotics. She was transported to the emergency room.

    4:48 a.m. A Speedway on North Riverside Drive caller reported a man tried to steal liquor but an employee wrested it away from the thief, who left.

    11:51 a.m. A Private Drive 1533 caller reported he was being stalked.

    1:01 p.m. A North McCurdy Road caller reported homeless people were camping in the area and damaged his fence. An officer responded and found the fence belonged to Ohkay Owingeh.

    1:24 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported a woman came into her apartment and stole all her towels.

    3:15 p.m. An Española Animal Shelter caller reported a man in the parking lot closed a car door on his dog’s tail and cut it off. She was advised it’s the owner’s responsibility.

    3:40 p.m. A caller from Brazil reported her son on Mountain View is a drug user. An officer made contact with the son who said his mom was mad that he had a few beers and passed out.

    4:22 p.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported her son was attacked by a neighbor’s pitbull. After 30 minutes of police telling her to take her son to the emergency room and animal control would pick up the dog when they are available, the child’s father finally took him. At 10:37 a.m., Nov. 3 three dogs were transported and held for observation.

    5:44 p.m. A Jicarilla Apache Nation Tribal officer requested assistance on a shots fired call in Dulce. Two deputies responded and found bullet holes in a building on Empire Street. Dulce Police handled the call.

    5:56 p.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported a man was outside her house demanding she release his wife. The man thought the caller’s dog was his wife. The man threatened to ram her fence with his truck. Police dispersed the man from the area, without his wife.

    7:23 p.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop on Fairview Lane. Two officers joined him and one woman was arrested.

    9:06 p.m. A man on State Road 106 reported another driver brandishing a handgun. The caller reported the man’s movements until State Police and two officers stopped the truck. State Police took over the call.

    10:24 p.m. The YMCA Teen Center director reported he believed a tricycle stolen from the Teen Center the prior week was at a man’s house on North Railroad. Officer met with the director at the house and he, “Took custody of the bikes.”


Nov. 3

    2:03 a.m. A emergency room employee reported a man was being aggressive toward staff. An officer took the man to the city detention center but he had a hard time breathing. An ambulance took him back to the emergency room.

    7:46 a.m. A Dodge dealership caller reported the service department was broken into and parts and tools stolen. An hour later they also discovered a truck was stolen.

    11:25 a.m. A La Clinica del Pueblo caller reported a man walking in the middle of the road. A deputy arrested him.

    11:29 a.m. An officer observed a hit and run accident and chased and stopped the vehicle that left the scene.

    11:52 a.m. A Rio Del Oso Street in Chama caller reported a man not conscious nor breathing. Office of Medical Investigators declared the man dead at 1:54 p.m.

    4:13 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a trailer on fire. No one was inside and the caller said it was “gas supplied.” Everyone got out of the house.

    6:19 p.m. A Dulce Tribal Police officer reported an accident in Lindrith.  A woman driving a Subaru struck an elk.

    7:37 p.m. A Hornet Lane caller reported an intoxicated couple in the road. Police arrested a man.

Stealing from


Nov. 4

    3:35 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported someone stole her car.

    3:35 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a man at his house said he needed help and didn’t want an ambulance or law enforcement. State Police took over the call.

    6:33 a.m. A Chama Elementary School caller reported one of the cars stolen from the school was parked at the Chama Fire Department, running, with a broken window. It had been hot-wired and the seats were removed.

    8:45 a.m. A woman by Walgreens reported her vehicle was struck by a dark green Jeep Cherokee and the woman driving it left.

    8:46 a.m. A Fairview Pharmacy caller reported a man camping at his front door. The man would not leave. An officer dispersed him an hour later.

    10:54 a.m. An officer reported a man wrecked his motorcycle on Prince Drive and broke his arm. The man went to the hospital on his own.

    12:07 p.m. A planning and zoning employee reported a couple squatting in a condemned property. They were dispersed.

    1:56 p.m. A Walmart customer reported security made him leave his backpack at the front door and someone stole it.

    2:08 p.m. Deputies served a Lumberton man with a warrant in connection with the shooting at the Lumberton Family Dollar.

    2:59 p.m. An officer stopped a vehicle on Fairview Lane and arrested a man on a felony warrant.

    4:05 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a crashed Nissan off of County Road 155.

    6:34 p.m. An Upper San Pedro Road caller reported his neighbor’s dog continues to steal his newspaper. He wanted to file charges against the dog.

    8:18 p.m. A woman on Upper San Pedro Road reported a truck she was following threw a rock that hit her windshield. She wanted to press charges.

    10:47 p.m. An Allsups security guard reported shots fired in the parking lot. An officer stopped a car on Las Vegas Street and recovered a handgun and spent shells. One man was arrested.

Española crazy

Nov. 5

    3:21 a.m. A man on North Riverside Drive said police pulled him over at a gas station and tried to pin something on him. He is looking for his car because “Española is crazy and doesn’t want to be walking.”

    3:58 a.m. A County Road 41 caller reported he tried to put an elderly woman in his truck and she fell. He was performing CPR. State Police and Office of Medical Investigators took over.

    7:51 a.m. A County Road 1 caller reported two dogs had too much interest in his lamb. The two canines were taken to the shelter.

    10:31 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported some dogs were attacking his sheep and he shot them.

    11:35 a.m. A Calle Vigil caller said someone stole the tires off her car.

    1 p.m. A Velarde woman reported a car driving erratically. Deputies met with the driver at the Fruit Basket. She was arrested for driving on a revoked license.

    3:05 p.m. A Fairview Lane woman said her stolen car was on Facebook going across the Fairview Bridge.

    4:20 p.m. A Pathway Shelter caller reported homeless camping under the front portal in front of businesses. They were told to move.

    5:01 p.m. A deputy reported a man passed out and bleeding from the head at the gas pump at Santa Cruz Country Store. The man was transported to the emergency room.

    7:18 p.m. A County Road 323 caller reported her brother-in-law had not been seen since Oct. 30. Police checked his regular hang-outs and no one had seen him.

    8:41 p.m. A Santa Clara Police officer stopped a driver whom he said was an Española Police Department officer. A responding Española Police Department officer said it was not another officer. It was a man who had the same name as an officer. The man was arrested for DWI.

Dog eat dog

(food) world

Nov. 6

    12:59 a.m. A Chacoma Lane caller said he has video of two women throwing eggs at his house and of them stealing property a couple days earlier.

    7:29 a.m. A Camino Carlos caller reported his construction tools were stolen from his truck.

    8:30 a.m. An East Shadowwood Lane caller reported his neighbor’s dogs were coming into his yard eating his dog’s food.

    10:18 a.m. A Los Niños Kindergarten caller reported a suspicious email from a parent to a speech therapist and wanted to advise Children Youth and Families Department.

    10:35 a.m. A Walmart customer advised he was approached by a group of men who explained they could turn a flare gun into a shotgun. They were headed to Oregon.

    2:09 p.m. A Vietnam Veterans Park caller reported homeless people drinking at the park.

    3:59 p.m. A Burger King caller reported a man was trying to fight with him and he was upset because officers did not respond fast enough.

    4:23 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a naked man walking on State Road 76. Deputies, Santa Fe County deputies and State Police could not locate the man.

    5:21 p.m. An officer doing courtesy rounds made contact with two men by PetSense. He arrested one of the men.

    5:44 p.m. The Pathway Shelter manager reported several people setting up their tents and refusing to leave.

    9:07 p.m. A Walmart resource officer reported a man threatened to shoot employees who were challenging the man about shoplifting.

    9:26 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a semi hit a car. Responding deputies said there was no accident. A tire came off a truck and no semi was involved.

    10:49 p.m. A Daniel Road in Chama caller reported “some guys jumped him and stabbed him.” He ran into a field and eventually his home. Two people were stopped, questioned and release. The victim had a cut finger.

Lumpy wallet

Nov. 7

    12:19 a.m. A Chamita woman reported a man was overdosing on Percosets. She administered Narcan and the man came out of it but was still having spasms. He was transported to the emergency room.

    12:52 a.m. A Pinion Drive caller in Chama reported people acting crazy. Three hours later he said no law enforcement had arrived and he “will just shoot them and then call the cops to come clean up the mess.”

    4:01 a.m. A Velarde man said his niece came to his house and she looks beat up by her ex-boyfriend. State Police took the call. She was transported to the emergency room.

    9:23 a.m. A Velarde woman reported she hit a ram and her windshield was completely broken. Another caller reported an accident in the canyon. Deputies could find no accident.

    11:01 a.m. A woman reported a 4-wheeler fell on her son, who was on Borrego Mesa. He said he was loading it in his truck and it fell on him. He was transported to the emergency room.

    11:25 a.m. An officer stopped a semi and arrested one man.

    1:34 p.m. A Coyote caller reported a man shot her kitchen windows. Deputies found the man at his home and he was arrested.

    4:30 p.m. A Metro PCS caller reported a man came in saying he had issues with his phone but it was fine. A customer said the man had a gun in his back pocket. An officer found the man who had “a lumpy wallet.”


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