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 New Mexico State Police responded to the following calls:

Welfare check not ‘life or death’

May 1

3:27 a.m. A Paisano Market alarm was activated and police found a room with a safe open. The door was reportedly tampered with but the “suspect never made entry.”

10:49 a.m. A woman wanted a welfare check on her brother. She was told police would not go unless it was a life or death situation.

10:57 a.m. A Calle don Leandro caller reported a woman stole her son’s wallet, keys and military ID overnight. An Española Police officer said no one’s story matched.

11:30 A Lowe’s Home Improvement customer reported a brown hound dog ran into the store. The owner was found and removed the dog.

12:40 p.m. A Walgreens caller said she was taking $600 out of the ATM when people approached her, she became scared and left the money there.

2:29 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported a Holmes Towing Service driver driving aggressively and flipping people off.

3:41 p.m. A Gil’s Rental caller reported someone was living in their storage shed.

10:53 p.m. A Mountain View Street caller reported her son took her car. Española Police checked the son for warrants and found he had one from Colorado. It was not extraditable.

11:16 p.m. A Speedway on Riverside Drive caller reported her daughter was going to jump out of her car to buy heroin. The daughter left with two men.

11:36 p.m. An Española man wanted to report drug dealers but only directly to the chief.

Keep the change

May 2

1:49 p.m. A Chimayó caller wanted a restraining order against her roommate who allegedly was diagnosed with COVID-19.

2:55 p.m. A Cook’s Trailer Park caller reported people standing too close to each other at a yard sale.

6:18 p.m. An Española Family Dollar store employee reported a man did not want to wait in line to pay so he left $6, flashed his badge and left.

8:23 p.m. A Chama caller reported a group of four-wheeler ATVs driving on the highway without headlights.

8:46 p.m. A caller from western Rio Arriba County on U.S. Highway 550 reported the fifth wheel camper he was pulling was on fire. 

Not her way

May 3

4:35 a.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a fire by the Chama River. He called back and said someone in a truck was extinguishing the fire.

9:56 a.m. A Blake’s Lotaburger caller reported a truck pulling a trailer with boards flying out of the trailer.

10:53 a.m. A woman called and said a Burger King employee gave her the wrong order. The employee said the woman was irate with the service and threw the bag at him.

11:09 a.m. Animal Shelter staff reported someone broke into the shelter and stole dog food.

4:08 p.m. A Paisano Market caller reported being yelled at as he cleaned up a homeless camp.

10:42 p.m. Española Police followed a rolling domestic violence incident until they reached Chimayó. It was turned over to State Police. 

Donut shopping

May 4

2:40 a.m. A Calle Duran caller reported a man with a gun was banging on his window. The man with a gun was upset that a girl had been arrested for dealing drugs.

10:33 a.m. A Coyote caller reported a large pile of wood caught fire. The one-quarter-acre fire burned five vehicles.

12:18 p.m. A New Mexico Treatment Center employee reported a nurse was fired for embezzlement. She is alleged to have taken a bottle of methadone.

3:42 p.m. A Middle San Pedro Road caller reported a neighbor threw miniatures at his head and brandished a handgun.

8:08 p.m. A South Riverside Drive caller reported a bunch of vehicles in front of Lovin Oven, looking in the windows.

10:54 p.m. A Paseo de Paulina caller reported people fighting in the street and shots fired. One person was cited for drug possession.

Found your truck

May 5

12:50 a.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a disorderly patient. He was removed.

5:58 a.m. A Chama caller reported a Dodge pickup was on fire at U.S. 285 and State Road 74. Responding firefighters advised it was a stolen Rio Arriba County vehicle.

9:23 a.m. A Margaritas in Tierra Amarilla caller reported an “old-fashioned” safe with about $4,000 in it was stolen.

11:45 a.m. A Lucero Center caller reported a woman for being in a vehicle and holding a rubber band.

12:08 p.m. A Medanales caller reported he was arguing with a neighbor over land he was filming.

8:28 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported a man was sleeping in the road.

Cleaning needs

May 6

12:10 a.m. A Keith Street caller reported a tenant he had evicted was revving his engine in the yard.

1:17 a.m. A Las Lomas Apartments caller reported a woman knocking on doors asking for disinfectant.

8:16 a.m. An Alcalde caller reported a man put a knife to her throat and stole her car. Rio Arriba County deputies took the woman to a safe location and looked for her vehicle behind Harbor Freight.

 8:37 a.m. A Walmart caller said homeless people were congregating by the dumpster and a man was beating up a woman.

10:45 a.m. Santa Fe Regional called to report a bicycle had been hit by a car. Española Police found a bicyclist had hit a board and did not want medical attention.

3:20 p.m. Española police officers stopped a man on Riverside Drive going north in the southbound lane. He was cited for DWI.

3:26 p.m. An Española police officer cited a person in the Walmart parking lot for leaving their dog in the car unattended.

Two guns

May 7

6:47 a.m. The Speedway on Riverside Drive hold up alarm was activated. Police made contact with a man but arrested no one.

9:58 a.m. A man reported a driver hit a fence and another car at El Llano and Simmons Lane, possibly hitting a gas line. The driver fled the scene. Española Police found the driver on McCurdy Road.

1:44 p.m. An Upper San Pedro caller said he had spoken to an Española Police officer previously about a man on a dirt bike harassing them. He was still harassing them.

2:35 p.m. An Española Police officer stopped a vehicle because he suspected it was the man who had taken a woman’s car at knife point the previous day. He was arrested.

6:09 p.m. A man called to report another car’s tire came off and hit his own. Española Police responded.

7:30 p.m. A Bobcat Lane caller reported two 17-year-olds stole two bicycles. She caught them and got the bikes back but wanted to file a report.

8:58 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported she pulled a pellet gun on a dog chasing her and the dog owner pulled a gun on her.

9:05 p.m. A Spruce Street caller reported a woman was staring into the sky.

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