Police Blotter: Shirtless Man down, But Not out, in Multiple Fights

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New Mexico State Police held three days of events last week for their Stronger Together initiative to connect with the Española community in collaboration with state Corrections Department Probation and Parole officers and the city’s Project R.A.C.E. Department. Probation and Parole Officer Mario Rodriguez (center) serves Laurie Rendon and her grandaughter Zerenity Madrid Oct. 25 at a cookout outside Walmart.

Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place Oct. 4 through 7. 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:



the sign

Oct. 4

12:50 a.m. A Velarde caller reported her house was on fire with people inside and she had been trying to get them out. Firefighters could not find any house on fire in the area.

2:53 a.m. A Dairy Queen caller reported her boyfriend took her EBT  card and was chasing her. She refused to answer a dispatcher’s questions and hung up. Officers could not find the pair.

12:06 a.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported a man broke a window to a vehicle.

7:26 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported her neibhbor has all kinds of dogs who are not being taken care of. Officers told her to stop feeding them and that they would bring a trap the next day.

9:54 a.m. A Walmart caller reported a man took her keys and was trying to talk to her, circling her in a van. He left before officers arrived, and they reviewed Walmart surveillance footage.

9:56 a.m. A North McCurdy Road caller reported her new tenant moved in the day before and while she was at work, her chocolate labrador dug out of his fenced kennel and was running loose.

10:43 a.m. Two Española Valley High School parents reported that their daughter was falsely accused of smoking cannabis when in fact she was having an anxiety attack.

1:05 p.m. An Ohkay Casino caller reported a man who was trying to break into vehicles was refusing to get out of his vehicle when security guards approached him.

2:11 p.m. A Calle Borrego caller reported dogs attacked a child and left a scratch on her finger.

4:40 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported someone stole her gate from her driveway entrance, and she found footprints and tire tracks leading to the home of a neighbor with whom she has had problems.

6:13 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported the nearby arroyo was flooded and the neighbor’s junk got into her mother’s yard, and they were arguing. Another caller told dispatchers the mother was upset that she had to get out of her vehicle to pull a branch from the driveway. Officers decided not to get involved in a civil dispute.

7:07 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported someone beat her up and multiple people suspected of doing it were running around outside her home.

7:12 p.m. A Dixon caller reported that two horses were hit by cars. A member of the Livestock Board euthanized one of the horses.

9:02 p.m. An Old Hospital Road caller reported her teenaged son hit his siblings, tried hit his father and broke a window.

9:47 p.m. A Giant gas station caller reported a man approached him and threatened him with a pitchfork.

10:23 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man walking up and down the trailer park yelling and cursing.


Praying hunter

Oct. 5

7:34 a.m. A North Central Regional Transit District caller reported a person sleeping behind the Jim West Regional Transit Center. An officer who met with them said they were “wide awake and on their merry old way.”

12:57 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man sitting in car parked on the shoulder of the road all week. Officers could not find the car.

1:15 p.m. A deputy came across a dog running in the road and returned it to the owner.

2:06 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported a man crawling along the side of the road.

2:19 p.m. A Calle de Pajarito caller reported a group of boys and girls fighting, including one boy with a bat. Officers could not find the brawl.

3:56 p.m. An Ohkay Travel Center caller reported a man lying on the road. An officer dropped him off at his brother’s home.

3:57 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a man has threatened his life multiple times. One of his tenants also called and told dispatchers the man was waiting for her in his vehicle and attempted to run them over, and then left. Officers searched for the vehicle and got approval to charge him with aggravated assault.

4:00 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported people racing on the road.

4:17 p.m. A Dandy Burger caller reported a man from an earlier call had returned, walked in and out of the restaurant and was dangerous.

4:51 p.m. A Lindrith caller reported a man in the middle of the road, wearing all camouflage, praying. Officers, who told dispatchers they assumed he was drunk, never found him.

5:10 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported her mother was threatening her daughter and almost hit her with a shoe. The daughter climbed a tree and refused to get down, and the mother was spraying her with the garden hose.

5:54 p.m. A Walgreens caller reported her brother stole her car.

6:39 p.m. A Family Dollar in Velarde caller reported an SUV was parked in front of the business and the chains were busted open, and that they were possibly trying to break in.

6:48 p.m. An Old Hospital Road caller reported a neighbor’s dog got loose and was trying to attack him and a small child. The owner came and took the dog.

6:49 p.m. A Cook’s Mobile Home Park caller reported he came home to find his dog shot with a BB gun and he wanted to file a report.

9:16 p.m. A Tsigo Bugeh Road caller in Ohkay Owingeh reported a man smashed her vehicle.

11:16 p.m. A Calle Cielito Lindo caller reported her roommate keeps running around saying there are people around when no one is actually there and requested officers remove her from the house.


Tree People

Oct. 6

2:59 a.m. An Angel Duran Drive caller reported people wearing hoodies were in the trees near her house. City police spoke to the tree people.

11:25 a.m. A Sandy Lane caller reported suspicious people walking toward a house carrying tools. Officers reported they were repairing a door from a domestic fight the previous night.

12:16 p.m. A Lowe’s Home Improvement caller reported a man stole a tool box. Police caught the man, with the tool box.

4:22 p.m. A Shoe Department employee reported a man with no shirt was lying on the ground after a fight with some men. When police arrive the man was trying to take off his clothes and fight with other people in the parking lot.

4:22 p.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported following a fight in Santa Fe last week someone is trying to kill him and his son. Officers went to a trailer by Wal-Mart to speak with the accused offenders.

5:10 p.m. A Veterans Affairs Clinic on Bond Street caller reported when she arrived to clean the building, the front doors were open. It was not clear if there had been a burglary.

7:38 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy reported he had been on the phone with a suicidal man in Medanales, who had attempted suicide previously. The deputy discovered the man had cut his wrists. The deputy picked up the man and took him to emergency room.


Diggin’ up bones

Oct. 7

12:54 a.m. A man on El Llano Road reported while walking past a house one of his dogs was beaten with a saw and the other was stolen.

6:07 a.m. A Coronado Ave. caller reported a man with a headlight on his head was riding up and down the street.

8:06 a.m. An Española Transit Mix caller reported the office had been burglarized

8:24 a.m. An Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs caller reported a hiker found “ancient remains” on Bureau of Land Management property. The Office of Medical Investigators and BLM were notified.

9:43 a.m. A caller from the Veterans Affairs Clinic on Coronado Ave. reported a cabinet where syringes are stored and a refrigerator where vaccines are stored were broken into.

9:47 a.m. A Monterey Lane caller reported a man was yelling at a woman, demanding drugs.

10:23 a.m. A Santa Clara caller reported a man got out of a silver SUV and pulled a woman out of the driver’s seat and threw her to the ground.

10:30 a.m. A Pacheco Lane caller demanded only Officer Danny Pacheco respond to the call of a man taking electricity from a neighbor.

11:25 a.m. A County Road 5 in Española caller reported a gray pitbull came into her yard and bit her hand.

1:46 p.m. A Fairveiw Lane caller reported his brother is trying to kill him to get his Social Security checks.

2:38 p.m. A Private Drive 1155 in La Mesilla caller reported he had new issues that required the attention of only a sergeant and to not, “send the cops, you are going to ruin the evidence.”

3:54 p.m. An El Rito caller reported two horse with no water nor hay that were starving. State livestock division was contacted.

5:22 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man was acting weird and stumbling on U.S. Highway 285.

6:05 p.m. A Medanales caller reported a man with a gun was at his house talking about dogs.

9:30 p.m. A Wal-Mart manager requested officers disperse three groups of vehicles refusing to leave the parking lot. One person was trespassed.


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’ll sue everyone.

10:00 a.m. A Speedway in Fairview caller reported a man walked in, grabbed some beer and ran out. City Police located the man behind the Shoe Department and trespassed him.

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 state 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 a City Police spotted the Blazer, it became a pursuit. The Blazer was stopped on El Llano Road. One of the men had an outstanding warrant.

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

1:38 p.m. An Avenida Cañada caller reported a man was walking in the road, taking off his clothes. He was also reported to be walking in and out of traffic.

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.

3:35 p.m. A Bonecutter Lane caller reported her daughter’s EBT card was stolen. The daughter lives in a tent behind Food King and was afraid people would tear down her tent.

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.

6:51 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported when she got home she found a bicycle at her front door. 


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