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:

Too old

June 15

6:52 a.m. A Calle Quintana caller reported an abandoned house on fire on Calle Suazo. Several volunteer fire departments extinguished the fire by 10 a.m.

9:03 a.m. A caller reported his vehicle was hit in the parking lot two months ago. Police would not do a report because of the time lag.

10:35 a.m. Several callers reported a small brush fire behind Rock Christian Church. When the Española Fire Department got to the scene, another fire was reported behind Pizza 9. 

10:57 p.m. An Española Police officer reported a woman starting fires. Several more volunteer departments responded. Española police caught the woman behind Food King.

1:27 p.m. A woman from El Dorado called to report her daughter’s home in Santo Niño was being broken into and the daughter was home. Several officers responded. There was a car next door the homeowner did not recognize.

4:27 p.m. Several Calle Milagro trailer court callers reported a neighbor fired a few shots at her son as he was driving off.

4:54 p.m. A Tsigo Bugeh Road caller reported a dog bit him. The dog spent the night at the fire station until animal control could take it.

6:31 p.m. A woman in Taco Bell reported her wallet stolen and the thief was still there. She did not let the couple leave until police arrived.

7:19 p.m. City Police officers tried to serve a warrant on a Pojoaque Tribal member but Santa Clara Tribal Police would not assist.  The man was released.

7:57 p.m. An Alcalde woman wanted her allegedly drunk and abusive sister removed. A Rio Arriba County deputy responded and arrested the woman. The woman was later charged with two counts of battery on a health care worker.

Caution, hot

June 16

7:16 a.m. A Megill Street caller reported he had to fight off two dogs while riding his motorcycle.

11:32 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported someone parked their SUV in her yard. Española police confirmed the car was not stolen and had current registration and advised the caller to have it towed.

11:45 A Riverside Drive caller reported someone failed to yield and she had to stop quickly and spilled coffee on her cell phone.

2:22 p.m. A Holmes Towing caller reported someone cut the fence to the storage lot and stole a vehicle.

3:37 p.m. A Winter Road in Santa Clara Pueblo caller reported a downed power line started a fire. Residents were fighting the fire when volunteer firefighters arrived.

7:33 p.m. An Avenida de la Cañada caller reported she thought her landlord was receiving drugs for rent payments.

7:47 p.m. A North Orchard Lane caller said her son wanted to file a complaint over a social media post.

9:27 p.m. A Medanales caller reported a 12-year-old driving an ATV on the highway.

Mail call

June 17

7:48 a.m. A Dixon caller reported her sister was blocking the road, not allowing them to go to the river. She was advised it was a civil dispute.

11:09 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported a past employee was harassing her via email.

11:36 a.m. A Pathways Homeless Shelter caller requested an officer witness her giving mail to a resident.

4:05 p.m. A Calle del Rio caller reported he went to his house to get his property and his ex-wife told him she donated it.

7:04 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller twice reported shots fired into the air by two males on an ATV. They were last seen in Milagro Village Trailer Park. Española Police met with security there and were told security knew who they were.

7:54 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported loose dogs in the area. The owner was located and given a warning.

9:57 p.m. A Dixon caller reported the neighbors were not home but someone was in their house. Rio Arriba County deputies met with the homeowner’s grandson, who was chasing off squatters.


June 18

12:19 a.m. A Mariposa Lane caller reported a man in his driveway passed out in his vehicle in car. Española police took him home.

12:47 a.m. A Santo Niño Lane caller reported a man in a red truck chasing a woman with a machete.

2:09 a.m. A caller reported a woman behind Baskin Robbins grunting. Police found she was yelling on her phone.

10:58 a.m. A YMCA Teen Center caller reported the center was broken into and some items stolen.

11:44 a.m. A Medanales caller wanted a man against whome he had a restraining order removed. The man had touched him in the eye.

6:52 p.m. A man reported at the Española Police station he served his wife with divorce papers the previous night and she took $1,000 out of his account.

8:07 p.m. A Bonecutter Lane caller reported a vehicle with expired plates stalled at the end of the road. Police officers found the keys in the car.

10:04 p.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller reported a woman maced his girlfriend. No one wanted to file a complaint.

10:06 p.m. A Coyote caller reported an abandoned vehicle. County deputies discovered it belonged to a man for whom they were looking. The car was towed to Cuba.

11:24 p.m. An Española Police officer found an abandoned vehicle on Paseo de Paulina. It may have belonged to an earlier overdose victim.

Wedding crasher

June 19

12:13 a.m. A Santa Clara Tribal Police officer reported he had a passed out man at Guadalupe Credit Union who had an active warrant. He wanted an officer to serve the warrant.

1:40 a.m. An Angel Duran caller reported her 15-year-old son was smoking cannabis, failing classes and yelling at her.

10:09 a.m. A man reported his bicycle was stolen from in front of Walmart.

10:36 a.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported an unwanted guest refused to leave a wedding.

2:58 p.m. A Del Norte Credit Union caller reported a man twice tried to cash forged checks. One was for $2,000, the other for $2,500.

3:44 p.m. An El Guique caller reported a woman came to his house, told him to look at a spider and when he did, she stole his cigarettes.

7:19 p.m. A woman came to the Española Police station and reported she had not seen her cousin in a month and he might be missing.

8:15 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Police officer reported he was chasing a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 64. He and a Rio Arriba County deputy lost the car near the Velarde canyon.

10:01 p.m. A Middle San Pedro Road caller reported the wedding crasher from earlier in the day had returned and was walking down the road.

11:57 p.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported loud music, “possibly a party.”

11:58 p.m. A woman called from the Española Hospital to report her father tried to stop two people from beating their mother and they turned on him. He suffered extensive injuries.

Buyer beware

June 20

6:12 a.m. Santa Fe Regional reported a rolling domestic near La Puebla Road. The call was initially tranferred to Pojoaque Tribal Police but after an Española Police officer contacted a woman, it was sent to State Police.

2:03 p.m. A Big 5 manager reported two men in masks tried to rob the store. When officers contacted the manager they determined the two men were joking.

2:28 p.m. A Calle Chamisal caller reported his brother missing from his Apple Valley home. Police located him nextdoor.

3:20 p.m. A deputy stopped a vehicle with expired registration and found the plate did not match the car. The driver said he was test driving it to purchase. He was cited.

4:28 p.m. A man driving on U.S. Highway 84/285 reported a reckless driver. Deputies stopped the suspect vehicle at Agua Sana Fire Station and he was given three citations.

5:24 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller wanted to file a restraining order because her brother did not know “privacy or boundaries.”

6:51 p.m. A Food King caller reported a baby inside a closed vehicle. The truck left before officers got there. They followed it to a house on Mountain View and spoke to the parent.

7:24 p.m. An Ohkay Express mart caller reported a van on fire at the pumps. It was extinguished and towed.

11:06 p.m. A caller reported someone from Santa Clara Apartments told her a gold Jeep abandoned behind the apartments may be the one police were searching for in a carjacking incident. It was not.

Just arguing

June 21

12:10 a.m. A Hernandez caller reported seeing a man sitting on her porch and wanted deputies to make sure it was safe for her to go home.

12:45 a.m. A caller near McDonalds reported the stolen Jeep Cherokee in the June 18 carjacking was there. Española Police confirmed it was the stolen Jeep and had it towed.

2:11 p.m. A caller by Allsups reported he was stabbed at the apartments. An officer checked with Española Hospital and found no one had been treated for a stab wound. The caller said he would call State Police. He called 911 at 2:44 and said he wanted to talk to the previous officer. A report was filed.

3:12 p.m. A woman leaving Pizza Hut drive-thru said a man on foot threatened her and took about $25 from her. When speaking with an officer she said she “Did not hear a bang as if she hit someone.” Police took her to the homeless shelter to see if she could identify the man.

3:42 p.m. Two E-911 calls reported a two-month pregnant woman was beaten by her boyfriend. He then left the residence with her in the car. Police could not locate the car. The woman’s sister called the next morning to report it was only an argument.

8:34 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported his uncle’s house was being ransacked. A deputy stated he had been at the house the night before and told the caller it was a civil matter.

11:06 p.m. A Medanales caller reported her neighbor was threatening to burn her house down. Deputies met with both parties and discovered it was a civil matter over livestock.

Got the point(s)

June 22

1:18 a.m. A caller from Albuquerque said his wife and children were stranded in Ojo Caliente and walking to Albuquerque. He was advised to go to the State Police office in Española.

3:07 a.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported someone was trying to kick in her front door. When officers arrived a man reached for a gun as they approached him. He was told to leave the scene.

4:06 a.m. A man by Center Market reported a suspicious person. When police pulled the suspect over, the caller would not cooperate with the complaint. The suspect told police he was following the caller home because he was drunk.

9:37 a.m. Two city employees reported someone broke into the Dollar General store on Santa Clara Bridge Road.

10:46 a.m. A man came into the Police station and reported a man on Prince Drive put a gun in his face. Police went with the man to the house where it allegedly occurred and checked the weapon wasn’t stolen.

12:24 p.m. A Habitat for Humanity caller reported the store had been burglarized again. About $75 worth of clothes were taken.

1:30 p.m. An R&E Glass caller reported a man hitting cars with a stick. Officers calmed the man but another caller later reported he was throwing rocks and fighting with himself. At 3 p.m. officers said the man fell into some cactus and went home.

4:33 p.m. An East Pueblo Street caller reported a man face down on her porch. Police took him to the homeless shelter but they were not accepting people. He was taken to the emergency room.

6:13 p.m. A caller going through Velarde said a car was following her and she feared they would shoot her. As she passed the Dollar General in Alcalde the car passed her and the passenger shot her fender. She met with deputies on County Road 40 and the case was taken by State Police.

7:05 p.m. A State Police dispatcher passed on a message that a woman in the Walmart parking lot was paying homeless people with drugs to sell drugs for her.

7:07 p.m. A caller passing the Ohkay Casino reported a car following her who was threatening to shoot her. Dispatchers advised the woman to pull over at the Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Police station.

7:23 p.m. State Police were going to the address for the owner of the car in the 6:13 p.m. shooting. Deputies were looking for the car.

8:08 p.m. A caller reported a storage room at the car wash on La Joya was broken into. Owners had surveillance of the event. 

10:59 p.m. An alarm was activated at Magistrate Court. When officers arrived they questioned the people in two vehicles at the court’s front door. They were watching Netflix.

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