Police Blotter: Caller Suspicious of Children Cleaning Up City

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Española Police Department officers responded to a Nov. 15 call of a possible human bone found by Vincent Coetzee while he was pulling weeds at the Hair Depot.

Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place three weeks ago. After the records were formally requested from the E911 dispatch center, the Rio Grande SUN had to wait for them to be redacted and returned. This is part of an ongoing records dispute with  Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan, who is chairman of the E911 Board and was solely responsible for the decision to require the SUN to send records requests and direct employees to redact certain information.

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:

Road rage

Oct. 22

9:07 a.m. A New Mexico Bank and Trust caller requested a welfare check on a woman they were unable to reach for mortgage payments. A person at the home told an officer the woman had been dead for a few years.

10:54 a.m. A Fairview Lane and North Riverside Drive caller reported people run traffic lights all the time and that they had spoken with the chief of police and the governor and nothing gets done.

12:16 p.m. A woman walked into the Española Police Department office to report a man had hit her and pulled a knife on her.

12:39 p.m. An Española caller reported she heard about seven gunshots and smelled gunpowder. She told dispatchers four people were walking toward San Pedro and a man was hiding behind a tree in front of her house.

2:20 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a man waved a gun at the caller’s grandmother. Deputies arrested a man on the scene. Another woman called later upset that deputies “drew weapons on her young son.”

5:39 p.m. A Bobcat Lane caller reported a man was hitting a woman. Responding officers arrested the woman on an outstanding warrant.

8:19 p.m. A Chamita caller reported that a man was driving recklessly and that if the caller had a gun he probably would have shot the other driver. He told dispatchers that if they wanted a murder they should take their time.

Art heist

Oct. 23

8:09 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported someone broke into an art classroom and stole unknown items.

11:54 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported a battery in the cafeteria.

1:28 p.m. A Fairview Elementary School caller reported they dropped off a deposit at the bank and were told it was $680 short.

2:53 p.m. An Akin Lane caller reported his home was broken into and ransacked. He told a responding officer there was no actual burglary and he asked if having “No Trespassing” signs was good enough to prosecute people who come onto his property.

4:39 p.m. A Canjilon caller reported he was picking piñon and was seperated from an elderly family member. State Police found the missing man at his home.

6:32 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported she went to get money from someone and several people attacked her car, breaking her windows and hitting her in the face with a rock.

6:51 p.m. A Carr Lane caller reported a man was coming out of his home threatening to shoot and hit people.

9:59 p.m. A McCurdy Circle caller reported a man shot at her house.

Take the shovel

Oct. 24

2:24 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported a man knocked on his door saying he needed to drop off a shovel. The caller said the man was shaky and said he needed to make it to the birthday party.

8:48 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported that a young girl told the caller she was being physically abused by her father.

8:50 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a man dragged a woman down the street by her hair.

Bird Box

Oct. 25

1:51 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported he heard five people arguing and then a gunshot outside his apartment. Responding officers told dispatchers everything was fine and the caller was mentally ill.

7:23 a.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a man was drunkenly breaking things in a home, demanding money and threatening people. Deputies arrested the man.

8:51 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported family members beat her up.

10:25 a.m. A New Mexico Treatment Center caller reported four women were fighting outside.

11:43 a.m. A North Paseo de Oñate caller reported a man and woman with a Dairy Queen box with a bird inside were trying to get children at a playground to come to the fence, but left when teachers approached.

1:30 p.m. A Santa Claran Casino caller reported a man was threatening the caller with a knife.

3:43 p.m. A North Riverside Drive Speedway caller reported two men were fighting in the parking lot. 

Cleaners or criminals?

Oct. 26

1:35 a.m. A South McCurdy Road caller reported he just got home and a sweaty man wandering the neighborhood asked him for a pick ax.

9:32 a.m. A woman walked into the Española Police Department to report she had been missing a gun for about a year.

10:51 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a large group of children carrying around bags and looking at people. Officers told dispatchers it was community cleanup day.

12:16 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported two rifles were stolen from his trailer.

1:33 p.m. A Canjilon caller reported a man shot into the air four times before approaching him over a dispute about the man’s cows crossing onto the caller’s property.

5:44 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported she got out of her car to take a picture and heard gunshots, then a man pointed a gun at her car.

Oct. 27

10:55 a.m. A Valdez Park caller reported a woman at the skate park dragged him with her car, tried to run him over and left with his belongings.

6:19 p.m. A Chama caller reported her former landlord was having her son call to threaten the caller and accuse her of trying to burn down the landlord’s house.

7:42 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a patient spat at and assaulted an employee. Officers arrested the man.

Early Thanksgiving

Oct. 28

9:59 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported his neighbors stole his identity and were plotting to kill him.

10:53 a.m. A woman walked in to report people attacked her the morning before on McCurdy Road, bruising her and breaking her nose.

4:55 p.m. An Industrial Park Road caller reported another driver flipped her off and was speeding.

5:59 p.m. An El Rito caller reported another driver was trying to run him off the road.

10:25 p.m. A North Riverside Drive McDonald’s caller requested someone check the drive-thru to see what type of animal was there. An officer found a turkey, possibly a chicken “smashed into the pavement” in the parking lot.

Thou shalt not steal

Oct. 29

9:36 a.m. A Holy Cross Church caller reported lots of receipts were missing from the secretary’s desk and they needed to go through video to find out who took them. The caller called back to tell dispatchers they found the receipts that afternoon.

12:31 p.m. A Simmons Lane caller reported two men were parked in his yard and had tried to get into his garage. Deputies arrested a man on an outstanding warrant.

12:50 p.m. An Española caller reported his stepson hit his wife and left. Officers found the stepson and held him at taser point but the mother declined to press charges. The stepson had a hearing upcoming for another battery charge.

1:57 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported her aunt was trying to run her over.

7:51 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported several people by the door trying to sell Percocet.

9:03 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a patient was attacking staff. Officers arrested the patient.

Oct. 30

2:04 p.m. A woman reported another Española Middle School student cut her daughter with a knife the day before.

4:58 p.m. A YDI caller reported a man was waving around money, banging on doors and pulling on windows. An officer on the scene found the man left a dollar on the door and no crime was committed. 

Children at heart

Oct. 31

6:51 a.m. A caller reported a man was going to shoot up his trailer and that he would shoot back if it happened. He called back a few minutes later saying the man shot twice from his car. The caller and a woman with him each called again saying the man texted them saying he was going to kill the woman.

12:27 p.m. A Paseo de Oñate Subway caller reported a disgruntled former employee shattered the front window.

9:10 p.m. An Española caller reported his wife had been drinking all day and that she threw a trash can at his car and locked him out of the house. The woman was on probation for alcohol violations and officers arrested her.

9:23 p.m. A Camino Rio Vista caller reported two men in their 30s dressed as clowns who said they were the “late night trick or treaters,” The caller called back to say he would “release his hounds.”

9:43 p.m. A Walgreens caller reported a man was fighting with security and trying to steal liquor. Officers arrested the man.

Port-a-potty panic

Nov. 1

1:55 p.m. A Fairview Post Office caller reported an intoxicated man was threatening people with a stick.

2:19 p.m. An Española caller reported a man hit her and took her child during a custody exchange.

7:24 p.m. A Dixon caller reported a man called her to say he does not support the Dixon Art Tour and would vandalize the portable toilets if they were not moved.

9:04 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported someone was on the way to hurt her. Officers told dispatchers that when they arrived, the caller was very intoxicated and told them everything was fine.

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