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:
5:12 a.m. A caller reported a break-in in progress at a Calle Milagro home. The woman in the home told dispatchers someone was trying to get in through a bathroom window. When police arrived, a man came out waving a gun.
7:25 a.m. A La Joya Street caller said she was doing yard work and listening to music and her neighbor came and broke her radio.
9:26 a.m. A woman reported she lost her debit card and when she checked her $1,200 balance, it had shrunk to $200.
9:58 a.m. An Ojo Caliente caller reported someone in New York called his mother and told her to send them $6,000.
12:20 p.m. A Cooks Trailer Park caller reported an ad for prostitution keeps popping up on her computer.
2:42 p.m. A caller reported a nail salon was open and the business was non-essential.
5:45 p.m. A New Mexico Crisis Hotline caller reported a man with suicidal ideations on Corlett Road. Española Police tried to make contact with the man.
7:40 p.m. A Star Lane caller reported two men were trying to grab a woman hiding under the front porch. Police arrested one of the trio on an outstanding warrant.
8:58 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported someone broke into his business and stole his security cameras.
11:36 p.m. A Velarde caller reported finding bloody clothing with bullet holes. She also found a drivers license. The call was transferred to State Police.
Gifts with a boom
1:03 a.m. A Jemez View Street caller reported people trying to break into their house. Española Police spoke to would-be burglars. It was two teens looking for their friend’s house.
2:11 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller said he was watching on his security cameras as a person kneeled next to one of his vehicles. Police could find no one at the business.
4:08 a.m. An O’Reilly’s caller reported he was delivering to the store and a man in a rust-colored van pulled up and stole his medication and wallet from the front seat. Police could not locate the van.
10:36 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported her son was robbed at gunpoint in the family home. His phone and other items were taken.
11:54 a.m. A Calle Salazar caller reported she parked for a funeral and a man in a red truck took pictures of her car.
2:28 p.m. A Verizon Store caller reported a woman in the parking lot telling people she was going to give children presents with bombs in them.
4:10 p.m. A Jo-Ji’s Sushi & Teppan Grill caller reported an animal in a locked van. Española Police said the dog was OK.
8:08 p.m. A North Prince Drive caller wanted police to look for drug dealers in a purple Silverado and red Mustang. Española Police went to city limits but could not locate the vehicles.
8:45 p.m. A Joanne’s Restaurant caller reported someone who tried to break into the building earlier was back. Española Police located a man.
10:10 p.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported a couple arguing in a van. When Española Police officers arrived they found three weapons. All came back clear.
2:46 a.m. An Española Police officer stopped a man for driving the wrong way, with no headlights. He was arrested and his car towed.
4:40 a.m. A Calle Serrano caller reported men in his house with machine guns abducted another man and fled the area. Police from multiple agencies could not locate them.
7:15 a.m. A woman came to the Española Police Department to report that a man tried to rape her at his home at Santo Niño trailer park.
5:30 a.m. A Calle Milagro caller reported a man walking the area with a rifle, wearing camouflage. The caller said he is her aunt’s husband. The aunt heard people living in her attic and the man was looking for suspects. He was told to leave his gun at home.
11:28 a.m. An Indian Way caller said her sister would not give her her mail. An Española Police officer told her it was a civil matter.
12:34 p.m. A Star Lane caller reported a lot of yelling and screaming. An Española Police officer found a homeowner boarding up a trailer to keep out homeless people.
1:19 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputy struck a cow in Vallecitos.
1:40 p.m. A Calle Olivas caller reported the man who stole her puppy was back. Española Police took the man to another person’s house to retrieve the puppy.
8:22 p.m. A Vallecitos caller reported his 16-year-old neighbor threatened to beat him up and was related to the landlord. The call was transferred to State Police.
Preparing to poach
7:22 a.m. A Monterey Lane caller reported her cousin borrowed her car and returned it wrecked.
11:58 a.m. A Simmons Lane caller reported a man against whom she had a restraining order was in her yard. Española Police removed him.
2:05 p.m. A Laguna Street caller reported her brother would not allow her to see her mom.
3:31 p.m. A Cook’s Trailer Park caller said a man in a red Jeep tried to run him over. The driver said he was upset but did not try to run over anyone.
3:54 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported his brother handcuffed him to a fence. Rio Arriba County deputies spoke to the handcuffed man. The brother fled.
4:36 p.m. A Family Dollar in Chimayó caller reported two men pointed guns at her and her friend and then pistol-whipped them. They were en route to the emergency room.
5:51 p.m. A Medanales caller reported a man outside the church trying to extinguish a car fire with a garden hose.
7:08 p.m. A Coyote caller reported several men with guns who appeared to be preparing to poach a cow.
7:32 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a small brush fire had not been extinguished. E-911 paged Santa Fe Fire, who responded it was not their fire. Several organizations’ supervisors argued about who was responsible. Española and Truchas fire departments were eventually dispatched.
11:21 p.m. A woman called from an unknown jail reporting her 17-year-old niece was being held hostage by her boyfriend and forced to do drugs.
In the dog house
10 a.m. A Tierra Amarilla caller reported his wife kicked him out and kept his $400.
1:04 p.m. A Carr Lane caller reported a man was living in a dog house where a home had burned previously. People are also taking boards from an abandoned house.
1:54 p.m. An Upper San Pedro caller reported a teen on a dirt bike keeps driving by revving his engine.
5:09 p.m. An Ash Loop caller reported her boyfriend was irate and refusing to leave because he thought she took his gun. There was no gun.
7:13 p.m. A caller reported about 50 people hugging in front of DeVargas Funeral Home.
7:44 p.m. A Center Market caller reported a drunk man trying unsuccessfully to get on his motorcycle. Española Police found the biker a ride home.
8:16 p.m. A Walmart caller reported someone slapped her 17-year-old daughter’s butt and ran out of the store.
9:46 p.m. A caller near Tierra Amarilla reported a man drifted off the highway into a snow bank and was stuck. A Rio Arriba County deputy pulled the man’s truck out of the snow.
Last house on the left
12:13 a.m. A Calle Bustos caller reported his red Nissan Frontier was taken by his nephew. Four hours later an Española Police officer chased a man in a red truck from the north side, through Española, into Chimayó where the truck crashed by Dan’s Liquor. The driver, believed to be the nephew, bailed and ran away.
12:45 a.m. A Lindrith caller reported she had creepers in her yard. State Police was notified.
12:09 p.m. A Legacy Homes caller reported people had broken in to some of the models homes and were living in them.
2:32 p.m. A Paseo Don Juan caller reported a lot of activity at the last house on the left and many needles in his yard.
6:43 p.m. An Ohkay Express Mart caller reported a woman falling out of her car.
Meet the neighbors
1:55 a.m. A Jemez View Street caller reported someone breaking into a house. It was his neighbor moving things.
9:34 a.m. A contractor building a home in Velarde called to report a neighbor threatened to shoot them.
10:35 a.m. A Calle Alamo caller reported six cars blocking the street and driving at a high rate of speed. The caller believed the cars were at a drug house.
11:44 a.m. A Santa Fe Regional unit executed a search warrant at the Española Hospital.
12:12 p.m. A woman reported no one in Lowe’s Home Improvement is following the six-foot rule.
2:34 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a man in a truck was throwing trash and stealing. The man called 911 and reported a woman was yelling at him, accusing him of throwing trash and stealing.
3:33 p.m. A Chama caller reported someone loitering at the Forest Service Office, possibly a squatter. It was a student using the WiFi to communicate with his teacher.
4:33 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a Jeep and a man lying on the side of the road. He had hit the guard rail and was cited for DWI.
7:40 p.m. A Utah caller reported he had not heard from his sister in about a week and wanted a welfare check on her Calle Romero home. Española Police spoke to neighbors who said paramedics took her two months ago and she died about a month ago.
9:03 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported his mother had been threatened on the phone to force her to send $2,000.
Up on the roof
2:36 a.m. A woman called to report an SUV was flipped over by the CVS on Riverside. Española Police located the driver at a nearby home. He had two warrants out for his arrest. Before he was caught he knocked on the front doors of two homes prompting more 911 calls.
4:13 a.m. An alarm went off at JoJi’s Sushi & Teppan Grill. It took Española Police an hour to find someone with a key to the door. Upon entry surveillance revealed two people wearing gloves and hoodies broke in.
6:35 a.m. A Calle Milagro caller reported a man was on her roof. Police got him down.
11:14 a.m. All available units were dispatched to Keith Street to sing happy birthday to a 7-year-old girl.
2:04 p.m. A man called from McDonald’s that someone stole tools from his truck while he was inside. He followed the thief to Jemez View Street where the thief jumped out and dropped the tools, which the caller recovered.
4:06 p.m. A Coronado Avenue caller reported someone stole a cactus from her yard.
8:34 p.m. A State Road 76 caller reported he was following a truck that was swerving. When an Española Police officer pulled him over the driver said it was a road rage incident and the man had not been drinking.
9:47 p.m. A Shadowwood Lane caller wanted her sister removed from the home.
10:12 p.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported drag racing.