blotter overdose 5-19-2020

Española Police Department officers and Emergency Services workers responded to a suspected drug overdose at 4:45 p.m, May 19 at the Speedway on North Paseo de Oñate. The man was transported to Española Hospital.

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:

Walmart hostage

May 8

12:08 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported shots fired and cars racing.

6:29 a.m. A Good to Go Taxi driver reported a passenger was hitting on the van and cussing her out.

9:17 a.m. A Baker Lane caller requested civil standby while he connected to a trailer he was removing from Inspiration Way.

10:03 a.m. An Old Hospital Road caller reported someone tried to break into his house. While police responded, three callers from Thornton Lane reported the same thing. Police detained a man.

11:28 a.m. A Calle Lopez caller reported her pregnant sister’s boyfriend was pushing her around. The man was arrested.

1:14 p.m. A man got a call that his mother was being held hostage at Walmart and he needed to send them money to release her. Police could not contact the man.

2:02 p.m. An Abiquiú Inn caller reported she checked into her room to find a naked man already there, who did not want to leave. The call was transferred to State Police.

5:04 p.m. A Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputy advised he pushed livestock onto a private drive and closed the gate.

5:44 p.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported she found an ID and wanted it returned. Police retrieved the ID and got it to its owner.

9:18 p.m. Two separate El Rito callers reported a “scary” man in the post office. Deputies could not find him.

9:49 p.m. A West Bond Street caller reported someone loading an ATV and other items on a flatbed truck. Police followed the truck to the Riverside Speedway and determined everything was OK.

10:23 p.m. An Española Police officer chased someone on an ATV into the hills behind Española Valley High School, where he lost them.

Drunk at McDonald’s

May 9

1:18 a.m. A Days Inn caller reported a family fighting. Police determined they were not arguing, the television was loud.

1:31 a.m. A woman reported two men trying to kick windows out of McDonald’s. Two unruly men were arrested.

9:55 a.m. An Ash Loop caller reported two people were squatting in his house. He had them in front of the Family Dollar.

10:15 a.m. A caller reported a man was yelling at customers outside the El Rito Post Office.

1:11 p.m. A woman outside Little Caesars on Riverside reported a man wearing a hospital gown and no shoes ran across the highway.

2:18 p.m. A woman on North Riverside Drive reported the “Mexican Mafia” called her and told her to pay $2,000 for her grandson’s release. Police explained the scam.

3:55 p.m. A Chama woman reported people were demanding $800 to get her daughter back.

4:06 p.m. A caller passing Desert Sun Motors reported a man on the lot with no shirt or pants “fighting the air.”

4:46 p.m. A man reported a Razor flipped  while driving illegally on the Chama Highway, injuring the two occupants.

7:53 p.m. A Los Arboles Circle caller reported a party with a large gathering, violating the state public health order. Police could not get in the locked gate.

8:29 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported someone broke into his house and stole his pot plants and some ammunition.

Passed out stuffed animal

May 10

12:04 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported racing.

3:30 a.m. An Española Police officer performed a traffic stop and discovered the driver was reported missing in Rio Rancho. Her father came and got her.

5:58 a.m. A U.S. Highway 84 caller reported a man passed out in his car in front of Spill Ranch facing southbound in the northbound lane. The call was passed to State Police.

12:17 p.m. A Velarde caller reported a man slumped over in a car in the canyon. A deputy determined it was a stuffed animal.

1:50 p.m. An El Parasol caller reported a man was trying to rob the restaurant and stab security. Police reviewed surveillance and found he brandished a knife while in a scuffle with workers in back.

5:14 p.m. A County Road 10 caller reported her daughter was drunk and out of hand. The mom had a baseball bat.

7:57 p.m. Two Jemez View Street callers reported off-road motorcycles racing on the street.

11:46 p.m. An Auto Body Shop caller reported a man on the roof of his business. Española Police trespassed the man and removed him.

Three-tire meal

May 11

2:09 a.m. A West Bond Street caller reported the gate to the Public Works yard was open. A city worker determined nothing was missing.

3:35 a.m. A San Pedro Shell caller reported an alarm was activated. A window was broken and cigarettes and lighters were stolen.

8:15 a.m. An El Llano man reported his wife threw a rock at his truck’s windshield and broke it.

10:20 a.m. A Dixon caller requested animal control come and get a dog that had bitten three tires.

2:10 p.m. A woman calling from County Road 357 said a male friend picked her up and raped her. She was on the side of the road with no shirt. Dulce Tribal Police said the woman called them and they gave her a ride home and she did not want a report.

4:51 p.m. A woman by Baskin Robbins reported a couple walking around with needles in their mouths. An Española Police officer said if people want to do that, it is their right.

6:47 p.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller reported her mother said she had killed someone. The caller called again at 7:16 p.m. and said her mother was in the bosque and was going to kill herself. Police talked to the mother and everything was fine.

Mom bank fails

May 12

12:45 a.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a man did not want to leave the hospital. Española Police escorted him off the property.

8:07 a.m. A Dixon woman reported a neighbor’s dog killed her alpaca. The dog-owner agreed to reimburse the alpaca-owner.

10:03 a.m. A man came to the Sheriff’s Office to file an unspecified complaint against Sen. Richard Martinez.

1:28 p.m. An Española Police officer reported someone backed into his police unit in the Center Market parking lot.

2:50 p.m. A Calle Duran grandmother wanted her granddaughter checked. CYFD was also notified. They determined the child was OK and had food.

6:13 p.m. A Hernandez woman called and said she needed to pay her bills and her mom would not give her the money. A deputy advised she find a different payee.

6:52 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported three men were walking the road by San Jose Catholic Church looking for whatever they threw out when they were stopped the previous night. State Police were advised.

6:56 p.m. An Avenida de la Cañada caller reported her sister was raped and strangled. Calls went back and forth between Santa Fe County and Española Police because the crime allegedly took place in Santa Fe County. Eventually Española Police responded. 

No realtor present

May 13

1:41 a.m. A man discharged from Española Hospital would not leave. They offered him a room for the night.

3:23 a.m. A Santo Niño Lane caller reported several underage people looking at houses.

10:44 a.m. A CYFD caller asked for a welfare check on a 5-year-old girl on Calle Duran. People were at the house but would not answer the door for police.

12:54 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a woman parks under a tree at his house and gets out of the car naked.

3:19 p.m. An Española Transit Mix caller reported a man was drunk at the office and had a child in his truck. The caller was keeping the man there until police could arrive. A ride was found for the man and his child.

3:53 p.m. A Century Bank caller reported someone tried to cash a stolen check. 

5:34 p.m. A Self Storages caller reported three lockers were broken into and items stolen.

10:33 p.m. A Medanales caller reported an abandoned building was on fire at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and State Road 233. Several volunteer fire units responded and put the fire out in about an hour.

Water tank woes

May 14

12:25 a.m. A Calle Cielo Grande caller reported two people looked battered.

1:14 a.m. Santa Fe Regional contacted E-911 to report a person discharging an automatic weapon at the Dreamcatcher Theater. The shooter was stopped and detained on Hamm Parkway.

10:28 a.m. An El Llano Road caller reported a man on the water tank behind Española Valley High School was harassing his crew while they were working. It took officers about 30 minutes to convince the man to leave. He returned two hours later and again climbed the water tank. Police officers got him down, arrested him and towed his truck.

3:27 p.m. A New Mexico State Police officer reported he witnessed a hit and run accident in front of Lowe’s Home Improvement. Española Police could not locate the vehicle that left the scene.

4:06 p.m. Española Police were going to serve a warrant on a man across from Walmart but he had a broken arm and would not be medically cleared.

6:25 p.m. A Fairview Sonic caller reported his uncle was in love with his wife and choked her about a half hour earlier. The uncle was no longer around. Officers said they would talk to the complaining parties after they were sober.

6:40 p.m. A large structure fire was reported in Chama. It turned out to be a pile of wood.

7:43 p.m. A woman called to report her 18-year-old daughter was allegedly contacted on Facebook by an employee in the Los Alamos School District who wanted to take pictures of her, smoke and hang out. A Rio Arriba County deputy was going to contact the mother and the District Attorney’s Office.

8:48 p.m. A North McCurdy Road caller reported a vehicle abandoned in the middle of the road. Española Police had it towed.

9:30 p.m. A Ross Bustos Lane caller reported a drunk woman at her house she wanted removed. The caller said the drunk woman had abandoned a vehicle on North McCurdy Road. She was processed for DWI through State Police and the emergency room.

10:22 p.m. A caller from the Ohkay Owingeh Laundromat said when employees left, they locked her inside. Tribal Police were able to get the woman out through an emergency exit.

10:35 p.m. A Jemez View Street caller reported a couple fighting. Española Police found they were playing hide and seek.

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