Police Blotter: Noisy Neighbor Arrested after Third 911 Call

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Española Police Department officers responded to a shots fired call outside Allsup’s Convenience Store Monday afternoon.

Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place more than 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:

Finders keepers

Oct. 15

1:45 a.m. A Calle Duran caller reported her son’s ex-girlfriend was banging on her door and breaking things outside with two men.

10:21 a.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported someone cut the wires on a tower in their parking lot.

11:21 a.m. A Calle Vigil caller reported his adopted shelter dog was stolen. An hour later the dog walked back into his yard.

11:32 a.m. An El Rito caller reported four puppies on the side of the road. An animal control officer picked them up.

11:38 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported his neighbor called to say his door was open and someone might have gone in. An officer found the male at the apartment was a tenant.

11:40 a.m. A Camino Santa Cruz caller reported that when she left home her curtains were open, but when she got home they were closed. Officers checked her house for intruders.

1:47 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported two people looking into cars in the parking lot.

1:57 p.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported two people at the water tank appeared to be “scoping out” the school. The people left before officers arrived.

4:58 p.m. A Zia Credit Union caller reported a reckless driver hit a wall on South Riverside Drive.

5:59 p.m. A caller reported his Mustang convertible was keyed the day before at Walmart.

6:24 p.m. A Calle Ramon caller reported when he got home his doors were open, his windows were broken and his house was vandalized, but nothing was stolen.

6:47 p.m. An East Winesap Drive caller requested officers to stand by while he retrieved his wife’s phone which he said was taken from a grocery store in Los Alamos from the house where it was pinging. The residents told officers they found the phone in a parking lot and it was returned.

Pasta provocation

Oct. 16

12:26 a.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported a combative woman in the casino was banned for life and requested police assistance.

9:23 a.m. A Los Alamos Highway caller reported a rottweiler was running loose near the lights. Animal control picked up the dog.

10:16 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported a driver at the guard shack had a weapon in his back seat, which he said was a B.B. gun. Officers confirmed it was not a firearm.

10:38 a.m. A Medanales caller reported their neighbor took their dog. The caller called back to report the neighbor was now trying to run over their husband. State Police took over the call.

2:11 p.m. A McCurdy Charter School caller reported there was almost a fight between two students and one threatened to bring a gun to school.

3:35 p.m. An Old Hospital Road caller reported someone broke into her house and stole her jewelry and a gun. She called back to report she found driver’s licenses and other documents belonging to people she did not know. Officers arrested a man on the scene for trespassing.

5:06 p.m. A Velarde caller reported her neighbor had been playing music loudly since 8 a.m. and that he did it every day.

6:06 p.m. A Bode’s General Store caller reported a man was driving on the wrong side of the highway.

8:08 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported the owners of Italian Fusion harassed her. She told dispatchers she was at her home now but requested an officer as soon as possible.

8:33 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a man locked himself in the bathroom and was under the influence of something. Officers arrested him on a trespassing charge.

Dumpster neighbor

Oct. 17

6:54 a.m. A Blake’s Lotaburger caller reported a tall man was yelling and cussing people out. Officers told dispatchers the man was confrontational and arrested him.

8:08 a.m. A Vallecitos caller reported their landlord broke in and stole a wood stove.

8:24 a.m. A Velarde Elementary School caller reported a parent hit another parent.

10:38 a.m. A woman reported at the Española Police Department that her car was keyed at Walmart the day before.

11:20 a.m. A North Riverside Drive Speedway caller reported a car with six or seven people in it had been parked next to the dumpster for several days and requested an officer to have the car leave.

12:55 p.m. An Ohkay Express Mart caller reported he heard four gunshots. People at a home near the scene told an officer their dog got into a fight and they shot it so it would not suffer anymore.

1:36 p.m. A Pacheco Lane caller reported her neighbor was stealing electricity by running an extension cord from her house to his.

3:55 p.m. A Walgreens caller reported a man pulled a knife on a security guard. A guard told dispatchers he maced the man but he ran away.

7:25 p.m. A Medanales woman used an emergency pendant to report her caregiver hit her in the face.

Spitting, punching

Oct. 18

7:56 a.m. An Española caller reported her son was spitting at and punching her.

3:31 p.m. A Vista Los Cerros caller reported someone broke into his mobile home, stole a few things and “made a huge mess.”

4:12 p.m. A woman walked in to the Española Police Department to make a report about being harassed at Italian Fusion two days prior because officers never went to her home. She went home before being helped and an officer ultimately determined no crime was committed.

Pizza 9mm

Oct. 19

12:20 p.m. A Canjilon caller reported a suspicious man in a white van selling air purifiers asked her if her husband was home. A deputy found the people in the van were vacuum salesmen.

2:36 p.m. A Chama caller reported a man hit her on the ear and everyone laughed at her. She said she was going to let her father know and that he might shoot and kill the man. She did not want to meet with deputies. The caller’s sister told deputies that the argument was between her and the caller and did not involve the man.

8:29 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported it sounded like someone kicked in her door. Dispatchers transferred the call to State Police.

10:35 p.m. A North Monterey Lane caller reported her neighbor was playing loud music and an officer told the neighbor to turn it down. The caller called back several minutes later to say the neighbor turned the music back on the music as soon as the officer left. The officer told the neighbor to keep the music down or he would be arrested. The caller called back to say the music was back up, and the officer arrested the neighbor for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful command.

10:45 p.m. A Pizza 9 caller reported someone was harassing customers and pointed a gun from their vehicle.

Hand-picked piñon

Oct. 20

2:08 a.m. A Motel 6 caller reported people sleeping in a truck in the parking lot. The people were left to sleep there because they were drunk and could not drive.

10:31 a.m. A Canjilon caller reported finding a human hand that appeared to be fresh while picking piñon. Dispatchers transferred the call to State Police.

1:45 p.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller reported people came to her home, keyed her car, broke its windows, and slashed three of her tires. She said she called last night and the officer who responded did not take a report.

2:57 p.m. A Hindi Lane caller reported children were driving a go-kart up and down the street too fast. An officer told the children’s parents to have them drive slowly.

4:23 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported his girlfriend stole his wallet, set the oven on fire and left to drive to Oklahoma.

4:57 p.m. A different Hindi Lane caller reported children were getting in the way of cars on a go-kart.

6:59 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported men outside his door were saying they were going to shoot him. He called back to say he jumped out the window and asked to meet with an officer at Burger King. An officer spoke with the caller and reported he had a history of schizophrenia and was seeing people who were not there.

10:19 p.m. An Akin Lane caller reported her house was burning. The Española Fire Department reported the house was fully engulfed. The fire was reported extinguished about two hours later. 

Grocery run

Oct. 21

9:05 a.m. A Walmart caller reported a shoplifter had a knife and ran away when she tried to apprehend him.

10:32 a.m. A Murphy Express caller reported the clerk almost physically assaulted her and was rude to an elderly woman. The clerk locked everyone out of the store.

11:56 a.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a man was “acting weird jumping all over” and looked like he was about to take off his clothes. A second caller reported a man was jumping in front of cars. Officers detained the man at Walgreens.

2:47 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Detention Center Officer reported an inmate attacked a guard and that they wanted to press charges.

5:36 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported he let a man borrow his vehicle to go to Walmart and the man took it to Santa Fe. Officials in Santa Fe reported the vehicle was involved in a pursuit and the man was arrested.

7:32 p.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported a Facebook post about a shooting at a basketball game on Halloween.

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