Police Blotter: Throttling Your Landlord One Way to Lose Deposit

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Emergency services responded at 4 p.m., Nov. 27 to reports of a structure fire on Calle Borrego. The fire was extinguished within an hour, with many police and fire departments responding.

Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place Nov. 13 through 19. 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:



Nov. 13

12:55 a.m A Velarde caller reported a truck was blocking the road and two men approached her saying they were out of gas.

9:56 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a driver was chasing him around and throwing rocks at his car.

11:29 a.m. A Tierra Amarilla caller reported that there was an injured, bloodied horse behind the First Judicial District Courthouse.

2:36 p.m. All available units were directed to assist escorting the Capitol Christmas Tree.

3:46 p.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported a man broke into her home and hit her and was walking by the Rio Grande SUN.

4:34 p.m. A North Riverside Drive Wells Fargo caller reported a man on a bike was weaving in and out of traffic. An officer told him not to ride his bike in traffic.

5:12 p.m. A Calle de Parajito caller asked to file a police report because someone was banging on the walls a couple hours ago. An officer told her no.

5:13 p.m. A Burger King caller reported a man robbed the restaurant at gunpoint and left in a car. Employees told officers he did not get away with money.

5:56 p.m. A “pretty heated” Ohkay Owingeh caller asked for help finding her daughter who probably wrecked her car, and to file a report on the wrecked vehicle.

6:31 p.m. An Española caller reported their nephew may have broken into their home and accidentally left his drugs behind.

7:46 p.m. An Española caller reported her son and his girlfriend were fighting and there was a hole in the wall of her home so it may have gotten physical.

8:50 p.m. A Camino Miramontes caller reported there were lights flashing in the abandoned home next door.

9:51 p.m. A Chama caller reported a delirious man walking around with a stick and yelling.

10:52 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a man who had been kicked out of the store threatened to assault him.

11:23 p.m. An East Laguna Street caller reported a man who lives behind Allsup’s Convenience Store fires his gun every night and had fired about ten shots.

11:23 p.m. A Vista Del Rio Apartments caller reported hearing gunshots.

11:38 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported a woman was running through the halls knocking on everyone’s doors and there were people sleeping all over the lobby.


All furniture

must go

Nov. 14

1:31 a.m A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported people were fighting with knives.

1:34 a.m. The Española Fire Department responded to an alarm at the Santa Clara Apartments.

10:01 a.m. A Johnny’s Standard Motor Parts caller reported hearing gunshots and seeing a man run behind the store.

4:29 p.m. A Dixon caller reported someone broke into their house and stole all the furniture.

5:29 p.m. A Paseo Melendez caller reported a man hit her.


Strange collection

Nov. 15

12:26 a.m A Chama caller reported a man was drunk and would not let anyone into the home.

12:46 a.m. An Española caller reported a man had a registered sex offender in his house and he had a daughter in the home.

7:39 a.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported people were sleeping in the lobby and had bags of feces by the door. An officer had them leave.

8:13 a.m. An East Laguna Street caller reported he heard about 20 gunshots behind Allsup’s Convenience Store the night before and just heard another 20 shots.

11:15 a.m. The Tierra Amarilla Fire Department transported a woman having a heart attack to the Española Hospital.

1:01 p.m. A Hair Depot caller reported he found a possible human bone.

3:04 p.m. A Hernandez woman flagged down a deputy to report her 11-year-old granddaughter was hitting her from the back of her car. The deputy told dispatchers the child’s mother “attempted to cause a scene but she left.”

4:23 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported he was being chased by a man in a car who had a gun.

6:38 p.m. A Walmart caller reported people were doing burnouts in the parking lot.

7:44 p.m. A Food King caller reported a man left behind a backpack with “probably stolen” items and narcotics.

9:33 p.m. A Calle Parajito caller reported a woman was drunk and he wanted her to be removed. Officers arrested her on charges of aggravated assault. The arresting officer requested dispatchers note in the call log that his lapel camera was running throughout the arrest and the woman fully undressed herself in the back of his car. Another officer reported he kicked them both in the head and at the jail she claimed she was raped by “everyone she came in contact with” but that everything was recorded on video.


Pocket salt!

Nov. 16

12:26 a.m An Allsup’s Convenience Store caller reported a man was limping down the street toward the store yelling and holding his stomach and told the caller he had been stabbed. The man told an officer he was not injured and just had a bad knee.

1:53 a.m. A Velarde caller reported a man was walking around their property with a wagon and would not leave when asked.

10:24 a.m. A West Bond Street caller reported a man was outside their house trying to fight them and threatening to burn down their house. Officers arrested the man on an outstanding warrant.

3:10 p.m. A Walmart caller reported she accidentally left her wallet in a basket and an employee took it to customer service, but now no one could find it. She asked to make a police report and to view security footage.

3:57 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a man threw salt at her and stole $20.

5:07 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported her brother hit her in the head.

7:50 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported family members were getting physically violent in arguments over his father’s funeral arrangements.

9:50 p.m. A Norton Lane caller reported someone with guns broke into their home.


Conflicting accounts

Nov. 17

1:01 a.m A Calle Vigil caller reported a woman he did not know was kicking his door and threatening him.

9:53 a.m. A La Joya Street caller reported she just saw a man who previously broke into her house walking around.

10:38 a.m. Officers arrested a woman allegedly shoplifting in Food King on an outstanding warrant.

12:15 p.m. A Motel 6 caller reported a customer assaulted him during a dispute about a cash deposit of which the employee had no record.

12:34 p.m. A Motel 6 caller reported she put down a $100 deposit and the employees would not give it back.

2:03 p.m. A Dixon caller reported two women jumped her at her boyfriend’s house the night before and hit her on the head with a jack and a mirror. She said she was in the hospital and when she called 911 at the time of the incident no one responded.

2:23 p.m. A Walgreens caller reported a man in the store was demanding change for a fake $100 bill and would not leave.

3:00 p.m. A Tierra Amarilla caller reported his landlord walked into his home and threatened he was going to go get a gun. Five minutes later, a second caller reported he had a belligerent tenant who grabbed him by the throat while the landlord was watering plants.

5:37 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a man dropped his narcotics.


Suspicious flowers

Nov. 18

6:52 a.m An East Pueblo Street caller reported he previously filed his truck as stolen and was now following the car. The driver fled from officers in the truck, but was caught and arrested. Officers returned the vehicle to the owner.

11:06 a.m. An Española caller asked to have a man removed from their property, saying he was drunk and kicking the door. The caller reported he broke the bedroom window while police were on the way, before fleeing.

11:44 a.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported people broke into his house and locked themselves inside.

4:33 p.m. A Calle Loma caller reported people with a bouquet of flowers were walking back and forth between a trailer and a car.

4:37 p.m. A Hernandez Elementary caller reported hearing about 10 shots fired by the playground. The school was locked down for about 45 minutes.


Costly copper

Nov. 19

8:47 An Española Public Schools caller reported copper was stripped from about 20 light poles in the parking lot of Alcalde Elementary.

9:19 a.m. A North Railroad Avenue caller reported a man pulled a gun on him at the methadone clinic and left in a car.

2:12 p.m. An Española caller reported her father threatened to kill her and that he hit her.

3:22 p.m. A Santa Clara Apartments caller reported his son was drunk and trying to force his way into his apartment.

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