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Police Blotter: Pile of Apples Stops Trio of Mules in Their Tracks

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Española police officers, Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputies and New Mexico State Police officers met the morning of Nov. 1 of Los Alamos Highway minutes after officers chased a suspect through the city.

Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place Oct. 8 through 14. 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:

End of the line

Oct. 8

7:39 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported traffic needed to be directed at the Española Valley High School because people don’t know how to drive and when he gets hit, he will sue everyone.

11:29 a.m. A San Pedro Shell caller reported a woman took two 12-packs of Bud Light and got into a gray Pontiac, which sped away.

11:39 a.m. A McCurdy Road caller reported she had been punched in the face and was bleeding. She called two hours later to say she no longer wanted to file a report.

1:04 p.m. A Dollar General on Santa Clara Bridge Road reported three men in a yellow Blazer shoplifted from the store and left. When an Española police officer spotted the Blazer, they gave chase until it stopped on El Llano Road.

1:36 p.m. A caller reported a small brush fire near Medanales. It was extinguished by Abiquiú Volunteer Fire Department.

1:39 p.m. An Escalante High School caller reported a student had a Taser and the reporting party took it away from the student.

1:52 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a woman got into a vehicle with three strangers, was given mind-altering drugs and was possibly raped by two men.

3:26 p.m. A lawyer in Dixon called and asked for a Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputy to stand by while a lawyer viewed a property because the neighbor had posted no trespassing signs on property that does not belong to him.

4:03 p.m. A Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad caller reported an intoxicated train rider refused to disembark. There was also an accident in the parking lot.

Fishing for charity

Oct. 9

12:28 a.m. A Chamita caller reported his girlfriend was being held against her will and that when he went to get her, people in the house chased him away with a stick. The call was transferred to New Mexico State Police.

1:48 a.m. A Lower San Pedro caller reported her fiance had been missing for two days and did not take the house key.

7:03 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a possibly intoxicated driver swerved all over the road and hit a guard rail.

8:43 a.m. An Escalante High School caller reported a student had cannabis.

9:31 a.m. A La Mesilla caller reported someone broke into his home and stole his cannabis and keys at gunpoint, and told dispatchers he would be hiding in a field.

12:45 p.m. A Hacienda Home Center caller reported burglars cut through a fence, shot out security lights, and stole items from a shed.

6:00 p.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported a shirtless man with a dog was fighting another man but they walked off together.

6:38 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a man was standing on a shopping cart using a stick to fish out money from donation boxes.

7:18 p.m. A Velarde caller reported four people sent by his landlord were attacking him. The landlord called and said the people were trying to evict him and the first caller was chasing them with a machete.

7:26 p.m. An Española Quick Wash caller said several people were beating up a man in the car wash bay.

Find my iPad

Oct. 10

8:29 a.m. A Dixon caller reported he is running for school board and that the campaign sign he put up at the first arroyo had been removed and replaced with another candidate’s sign.

8:42 a.m. A Days Inn caller reported his iPad was stolen.

10:42 a.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported a man was hitting a woman in a car outside Hacienda Home Center.

2:37 p.m A Calle Tecolote caller reported his girlfriend was yelling and screaming for no reason and that he is on probation and does not want to get in trouble.

4:40 p.m. A Food King caller reported a woman in a van backed into his truck, but an officer on the scene found that the van’s damage was much higher up than the truck’s, showing no sign of an accident.

5:13 p.m. A Chama caller reported her granddaughter came home bruised, with swollen lips and was foaming at the mouth and would not tell her what was going on.

5:38 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a pit bull attacked her dog at a fruit stand and that she was taking the dog to an emergency vet in Santa Fe.

6:20 p.m. An Española caller reported someone tried to sexually assault her but she left the home. An officer gave her the number for a domestic violence agency.

6:59 p.m. An El Paisano Market caller reported an aggressive woman stole all kinds of laundry detergent.

8:30 p.m. A Burger King caller reported that a family whose order was wrong threw food and a wet floor sign at employees.

Bad Barbecue

Oct. 11

12:08 p.m. An Upper San Pedro caller reported his stepfather hit him and that he was in his bedroom armed with a golf club. Officers were unable to make contact with the caller at the scene.

1:40 A Walgreens caller reported a man stole liquor while the cashier was in the bathroom, then ran behind El Paisano.

4:25 p.m. A Food King caller requested officers disperse three people who were selling rings outside the store.

5:41 p.m. A Velarde caller reported someone had been burning trash all day. Firefighters found people cooking hot dogs and steaks over a small campfire.

9:44 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported his girlfriend was “acting up” and intoxicated but not getting physical with anyone. New Mexico State Police arrived on the scene before deputies.

10:07 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a grey sedan ran her car off the road and she hit the curb and popped a tire.

10:46 p.m. A Greenfield Road caller reported someone was selling crack cocaine in the area.

Apple distraction

Oct. 12

12:08 a.m. A South McCurdy Road caller reported an evicted man was back at a property where he was not allowed. An officer told him to leave.

9:11 a.m. A Chimayo caller reported a dog bit her.

11:07 a.m. A South McCurdy Road caller reported three brown horses were running on the road. An officer found they were mules and were now occupied eating apples.

12:08 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported four or five black men were “pretending to change a tire.” The call was transferred to Santa Fe dispatch.

12:43 p.m. A El Guique caller reported she put a wire around her property and the neighbor cut the wire. A deputy told dispatch the pair needs to go to civil court and they have been out there multiple times.

2:23 p.m. An El Guique caller reported his neighbors intentionally ran over his dog then tried to run him over. Deputies explained to the caller at the scene how to get a restraining order.

2:43 p.m. A San Pedro caller reported her sister’s boyfriend had a knife to her throat. An officer could not find anyone fighting at the scene.

7:15 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported men on Facebook were harassing him, saying he owed them money for a speaker and they were going to go to his house for the money and “mess him up.” A deputy made contact with the man and he blocked the harassers on Facebook.

8:18 p.m. A Calle Flores caller reported a girl was intoxicated and fighting with people in a home. Officers found the girl a ride home and the caller requested to file a report because she broke his phone. 

Drink with your fries?

Oct. 13

12:14 a.m. A Chimayó caller asked for deputies to remove his girlfriend because she was intoxicated and throwing glass and he took her keys. Deputies took a report and brought the woman to a friend’s house in Española.

3:07 a.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller reported her 15-year-old daughter was yelling at her, hitting her, and trying to jump out the window.

1:33 p.m. A North Orchard Lane caller requested assistance retrieving his Nintendo and some games from his boyfriend’s parents’ house.

4:54 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a man was chasing his son with a knife. The man left in a green truck and officers were unable to find him.

5:31 p.m. A Chama caller reported she “got jumped” by two women in a red suburban who left the scene.

6:37 p.m. An Alfred Lane caller reported his neighbor’s dog got loose, tried to attack him, and was chewing through his fence. Officers called animal control to the scene.

6:44 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported men and women were fighting in front of a house and cars were coming and going from the area. A woman was arrested on a warrant out of Bernalillo County.

8:24 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Detention Center inmate asked to file charges after being attacked.

10:22 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a drunk woman in his house trying to destroy things. He called back to say people were breaking into the house and throwing things. Police arrested a woman at the scene. 

Like herding cats

Oct. 14

8:11 a.m. A Lindrith caller reported a gunshot hit her trailer and that she regularly heard shots late at night to early morning. A deputy told dispatchers it sounded like poaching and to contact the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

9:09 a.m. A Hernandez caller requested animal control collect a stray orange cat that she had been unable to catch near her home.

9:49 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a woman with a gun broke into his house through the bedroom window and that he was hiding in the restroom with his two daughters. Deputies resolved the scene and secured the gun.

11:29 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported five people with a hammer were threatening her uncle and were upset because they were evicted from the property.

1:04 p.m. A Spruce Street caller reported a man driving a truck pulled a gun on him.

1:36 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported her neighbor shot two of her dogs and killed one. She said the neighbor could have shot her grandkids because they were outside. The call was transferred to State Police.

5:28 p.m. A North Riverside Drive Auto Zone caller reported an employee was fired and was drunkenly punching a white Chevy in the parking lot.

6:13 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a group of men was out to kill him because he owed them money. Officers were unable to contact the caller in the area.

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