Blotter 6.11 MVC Santa Clara Bridge small CMYK

The driver of this van lost control while traveling east late afternoon June 4 on Santa Clara Bridge road and landed against a utility pole, according to police. No one was hurt and an incident report was not yet available.

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:


May 23

1:18 a.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller reported a man in a white charger yelling for her daughter from the street.

5:44 a.m. An Hernandez caller reported a van was on fire on County Road 1. Although the vehicle identification number was filed off and it had no license plate, deputies believed it belonged to Rio Arriba County.

6:19 a.m. An Esparza Lane caller reported a trailer fully engulfed in fire. Two agencies responded.

7:12 a.m. A Rio Arriba County Senior Center caller reported their van was stolen.

9:35 a.m. A Paseo Don Juan caller reported someone was again living in his shed.

10:58 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported her house may have been burglarized because someone stepped in her dog’s poop in the yard.

1:25 p.m. A man about 30 miles south of U.S. Highway 64 advised his vehicle had gone off a 30-foot cliff. A woman was bleeding from the head but could speak. The call was transferred to San Juan County.

2:47 p.m. A CVS caller reported a man’s dog was sweating. Police determined it was a service dog and dogs do not sweat.

6:12 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported a man ran out the door with a chainsaw. She said she ripped his shirt trying to catch him and saw he had a gun.

7:24 p.m. A Walmart shopper reported seeing a man who she suspected of stealing her credit card and wanted to know why he was not in jail. Police said the investigating officer would update her later.

8:10 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported their parking lot had turned into a drag racing strip after the high school parade.

9:51 p.m. A Camino Carlos caller reported two children ride their bikes all night long, the man beats the woman and the couple may be selling drugs from under a blue tarp. Police determined the children were OK and there was no signs of abuse.

Walking is legal

May 24

12:30 a.m. A police officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested a woman for an unspecified reason and towed her car.

2:56 a.m. A call from an Allsups employee revealed two alleged drug users were involved in a shots fired call earlier in the evening. A man was arrested.

9:43 a.m. A Roosevelt Street caller reported people walking around property they might, talking about building a bridge. The caller was uncomfortable. Española Police responded they do not check couples for walking on land they might own.

11:10 a.m. A U.S. Highway 64 caller reported he gave his jeep a little too much gas and it turned over. He wanted his parents informed.

1:52 p.m. A Dollar General Store in Hernandez caller reported a rottweiler loose in the store.

7:04 p.m. A North Prince Drive caller reported a neighbor’s son comes over knocking on the door and throwing nails in the driveway. Deputies told the neighbor to stop.

7:12 p.m. A Calle Vigil caller reported someone had broken her surveillance cameras and had run an extension cord from her house into a shed. She called back several times complaining about Española Police response time and finally drove to the Police station.

9:21 p.m. A Denny’s caller reported an employee had not been seen in two days and a man was holding her captive. Española Police found her walking by Speedway. 

None shall pass

May 25

8:06 a.m. A 6-year-old Calle Redonda caller reported a killer inside the house. E-911 dispatchers advised the caller to give the phone to his parents. The father started swearing and disconnected.

8:29 a.m. A Calle Duran caller reported his neighbor got on his back hoe and smashed his window.

12:07 p.m. A Monterey Lane caller reported his father was beating the caller’s car with a stick.

3:08 p.m. A North Railroad caller reported a woman solicited him for sex near the Rio Grande SUN. The caller reported he gave the woman a ride to Speedway and she ran off with his money.

5:33 p.m. A Cañada Court caller reported a man called and said he had her granddaughter and they would kill her if the caller did not pay a ransom. Police could not reach the alleged kidnapper.

6:40 p.m. A San Pedro Shell caller said a dog was blocking the entrance and would not let customers in nor out.

6:55 p.m. A Northern New Mexico College caller reported one vehicle had hit a tree, which fell onto another vehicle. One of the drivers was taking things out of a building.

9:31 p.m. Española Police reported a woman was arrested at the station for taking contraband into the jail.

11:14 p.m. A Speedway on Riverside Drive reported a loud man she wanted removed. An Española Police officer called in there were several drunk men in front. When she tried to get them to move, a fight ensued. One man was arrested.

Bad movie, bad checks

May 26

12:12 a.m. A Speedway caller reported the man from the previous call was back, damaging property.

12:14 a.m. A Calle Don Leandro caller reported someone hacked his phone and got a video of him masturbating and was now blackmailing the man for the video.

11:59 a.m. A CYFD caller asked for assistance while she conducted a welfare check on a family in the Santo Niño trailer park.

4:34 p.m. A caller in front of KFC reported a truck going northbound with its bed on fire.

4:48 p.m. A teller at a North Riverside Drive bank reported a woman at the drive up window instructed him to call 911 because her friend was being held hostage in Santa Fe and she needed $500 to free her.

6:19 p.m. A caller from a credit union reported a company sent her a $4,700 check because she applied to work for them. When the check did not clear, they sent her another, which also did not clear. She thought someone might be scamming her.

7:07 p.m. A West Hill Street caller reported her neighbor punched her fence.

8:20 p.m. A San Pedro Shell caller reported a couple in a physical fight, which started at the Cities of Gold Casino. Police eventually stopped the car in Fairview and arrested the man.

8:44 p.m. An Esparza Lane caller reported his nephew was beaten by several people and he was taking him to the hospital. Police could not talk to the nephew because he was sedated.

Phone tracking

May 27

9:35 a.m. A Bond Street caller reported she had surveillance footage of a man casing St. Stephen’s Church. She said he is the same man who burglarized two neighbors.

2:41 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a house undergoing renovations had been burned and vandalized.

2:55 p.m. Santa Clara Apartments were evacuated when a fire alarm was activated.

3:32 A Century Bank caller reported someone passed out in the drive-thru. Someone came to pick the driver up.

5:23 p.m. A man working on the ATM at Wells Fargo bank reported a man hanging around while he was working, stole his phone. The worker checked a tracker and it showed the phone moving.

Fanny packing

May 28

12:56 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported a man knocking on a door with a gun strapped to his chest. Española Police spoke with the man, who was wearing a fanny pack.

8:40 a.m. Española Fire Department and several volunteer units responded to a trailer fire on Calle Borrego. The fire appeared to have started in the swamp cooler.

5:08 p.m. Two Rio Arriba County deputies were sent to Canjilon by the sheriff in reference to a shallow grave. Nothing was found.

8:37 p.m. A County Road 56 in Chama caller reported a naked woman throwing rocks at cars. A deputy could not find her.

9:16 p.m. An Abiquiú caller reported people cutting wood at night.

11:01 p.m. An Española Police officer reported shots fired at the south end of Lowe’s Home Improvement. He identified the shooter but could not find him after he left the lot.

Bribe too little

May 29

7:04 a.m. State Police reported a Calle Delfina caller had contacted them about a car in the caller’s driveway with no windows and no tires. Two tow trucks could not connect to the car. The owner appeared about two hours later.

10:20 a.m. An Española Police officer answering an assault call arrested a man on Corlett Road.

10:35 a.m. A teller holdup alarm was activated at New Mexico Bank and Trust. The alarm company advised, “it’s a glitch.”

2:33 p.m. A woman sitting by Baskin Robbins reported someone stole her bags, a tablet and her mom’s wedding ring from her shopping cart. She described to an officer a man who may have taken her things.

4:32 p.m. A Valdez Park caller reported a man inappropriately touched her daughter and ran off. Police reviewed Lucero Center surveillance footage to try to get a better description.

5:09 p.m. An Española Police officer conducted a traffic stop on a teen at McDonalds driving a four-wheeler. It was left there for the father to retrieve.

5:40 p.m. A woman pulling out of McDonalds reported a man side-swiped her and tried to bribe her with $20.

6:38 p.m. An Española Police officer at Walgreens reported people were trying to set up camp behind the store. They were dispersed.

9:29 p.m. An Abiquiú Lake caller reported she could not find her car and her phone was down to 4 percent. A deputy and two rangers found her at the south end of the dam and gave her a ride to her car.

Back in time

May 30

1:54 a.m. A Rio Arriba County deputy reported hitting an Alcalde firetruck the previous evening. He was making a report.

12:59 p.m. A man calling from near Walmart reported he was maced in the face yesterday but his phone was dead and he could not report it.

2:02 p.m. A Medanales caller said his neighbor was putting up a fence and he wanted police to come make a report.

3:21 p.m. A Dairy Queen caller reported a car being driven backwards in the northbound lane of Riverside Drive.

6:57 p.m. A woman sitting in her car with her three children at the Chimayó Post Office reported her boyfriend took her belongings and broke her windshield.

7:23 p.m. A County Road 41 in Velarde caller reported his neighbor was again burning trash. The Velarde Volunteer Fire Department and a deputy cited the very irate man and tagged the address in case he burned trash again.

8:52 p.m. An El Rito caller reported about 20 Razors driving recklessly on State Road 110. Three deputies and a State Police unit responded but were outnumbered by, “About 40 or 50 bikes and triple that amount of individuals.” The riders moved off the road.

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