Police Blotter: Woman Reports Murder of Crows Killed Cat

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Española Police Department Officer Anthony Martinez, who recently completed his training on patrol, talked to fellow officer Danny Pacheco Monday outside a home on La Joya Street as they waited for Santa Clara Police Department officers to arrive and assist with a tribal member.

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: 

Naked mountain man

Sept. 14

2:52 a.m. A Calle Redonda caller reported there was loud music and a lot of traffic in the area. Officers reported everyone at the party was a legal adult.

5:06 a.m. A Los Arboles Circle caller reported seeing two men walking in the area. He said when he confronted them they warned him they would “give him a reason to call the cops.”

7:37 a.m. Sheriff James Lujan called dispatch and said a person on El Llano Road reported to him that someone had stolen their cannabis plant. Lujan told dispatchers it was hemp and had no THC and that other plants were also stolen. An hour later the plant owner asked officers not to come because he decided not to file a report.

2:39 p.m. A Canjilon caller reported a guy in a black Jeep with a yellow trailer was flipping him off and slamming on his breaks in front of him. The caller said the vehicle had Colorado license plates.

3:20 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported someone shot at her car with a BB gun and damaged her windshield.

4:54 p.m. A Center Market caller reported a man was walking around the parking lot without a shirt holding a knife.

7:52 p.m. A Colorado caller reported a man running around without clothes on Death Mountain. Dispatchers transferred the call to Conejos County, Colo. Sheriff’s Office.

9:22 p.m. A Corlett Road caller reported a woman with a ponytail who looked like a prostitute walked into her yard and she wanted officers to check it out.

9:44 p.m. A La Mesilla caller reported he took someone to a rehabilitation facility but she left and her boyfriend shot a goat at the Rio Grande so he called the Department of Game and Fish. He said a Game and Fish officer knew exactly what was going on.

11:30 p.m. An Alcalde caller reported her niece said someone robbed her at gunpoint. 

Seedy shed

Sept. 15

1:15 a.m. A Medanales caller reported her son heard someone knocking at the window but her mother heard three to four gunshots.

8:07 a.m. A Chamita caller reported her boyfriend was hitting her.

8:55 a.m. A deputy reported he was going to Coyote to do a welfare check on a child.

9:37 a.m. A Canjilon caller reported he found a human foot while hunting.

4:25 p.m. A deputy reported a man left a house in Chama.

10:12 p.m. A Wal-Mart caller reported there was a fight in the parking lot between people in two different cars.

10:26 p.m. A Mountain View Street caller reported some people in the shed next to his house.

11:33 p.m. A Dixon caller reported there was loud music at a nearby festival. Deputies told dispatchers they spoke to the event manager and there was no loud music.

11:36 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported some men in a white van were cocking guns in front of her and she wanted an officer to check out the area.

11:50 p.m. A Calle del Alamo caller reported the neighbors were having their children harass her.

Cat call

Sept. 16

2:04 a.m. A Jemez View Street caller reported a woman walking in the area with a tank top. He asked officers to patrol the area.

4:13 a.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a man discharged from the emergency room was walking in the middle of the street wearing all black.

9:15 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported finding a student with a wax pen and THC cartridge. She said she could not reach the parents.

10:09 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported an irate parent was yelling at a security guard at the gate. An officer arrived and the woman was sent to see school administrators.

10:11 a.m. A Española Valley High School caller reported a “student in possession” at the security officer. Officers reported to dispatchers they would be writing a report.

11:33 a.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller requested help with his cat. He said he bought the animal from the shelter but it got out and he couldn’t catch it to take it inside and show it love.

12:44 p.m. A Santa Cruz Country Store caller reported two men with a gun went into the store and took the money and miniatures.

12:52 p.m. A Chamita caller reported she was arguing with her husband who was very intoxicated and had a knife. She said she did not want any officers to come.

1:01 p.m. A Coyote caller reported a pack of three dogs were destroying his property and messing with his dogs.

3:03 p.m. An Old Hospital Road caller reported a white poodle was sitting in the middle of the road causing cars to swerve.

3:33 p.m. A Fairview Lane caller reported someone pulled onto her property and “started making donuts.”

3:46 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported his neighbor’s 30 sheep were trespassing in his yard and they had been there for a while.

5:23 p.m. An El Llano Road caller reported two men were fighting near the Vista del Rio Apartments.

5:30 p.m. Another El Llano Road caller reported there was a big fight and people were pulling out guns.

6:33 p.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a man left the hospital on LSD and had an “extremely altered mental status.” Officers convinced the man to return to the safety of the hospital.

8:35 p.m. A Food King caller reported a woman was arguing with security as they tried to detain her.

7:33 p.m. A Food King caller reported a white pickup drove into the parking lot and harassed employees because of how they treated the woman from the previous call.

11:02 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported someone was trying to get into the cars or the building at Desert Sun and asked officers to check it out.

‘Marijuana juice’

Sept. 17

12:45 a.m. A Dixon caller reported a musical festival was too loud and the caller was tired of it. A deputy reported he was there the night before and would check into it on his way home.

7:59 a.m. A Dixon caller reported she could hear people yelling and shooting across her orchard.

9:53 a.m. A Park and Ride caller reported a man was being aggressive and trying to get on all the buses. She said she thought the man was intoxicated. Officers reported everything was fine it was just a misunderstanding and there was no aggressive behavior.

10:02 a.m. An Española Middle School caller reported a student was “combative with security” and punching walls. Officers left the school because there was no parent or guardian present for the child.

11:03 a.m. An Española Valley High School caller reported finding a student with wax.

11:45 a.m. A North Orchard Lane caller reported someone stole his bike from his front porch during the night. Officers reported the man was intoxicated and the bike was on the side of his porch.

12:28 p.m. An Income Support Division caller reported an older man walking with a rifle near the building.

1:30 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported her grandfather went to the bank and withdrew $800 that morning, but could not find it. The caller said she thought the caretaker stole it.

1:46 p.m. A La Mesilla caller requested a welfare check for a child that had not been to school in nine days. Officers determined that the mother was at work and the child was ditching school.

2:11 p.m. An Escalante High School caller reported a student was caught with a vape pen but administrators did not know if it had “marijuana juice” or not.

2:43 p.m. An Española Elementary caller reported one girl threatened another girl over a boy. She told the girl she would be the “next missing child in Española.” The caller said they wanted an officer to come to the school due to the “severity” of the threat.

5:08 p.m. A Dixon caller reported a mayordomo was harassing a man and his children.

6:26 p.m. An Old Hospital Road caller reported her cat was stuck in a tree and crows were attacking it. An animal control officer spoke to the caller by phone 20 minutes later and learned the crows had murdered the cat.

9:57 p.m. A Camino Don Jose Merced caller requested officers to make a report about telephone harassment, but when officers got there, he said he should have reported it sooner and asked officers to disregard his call.

10:09 p.m. A La Joya Street caller reported a man and woman were yelling at each other and the woman was crying and asking the man to return her money. Officers patrolled the area and could only locate a man walking alone,quietly.

11:11 p.m. A Speedway on North Paseo de Oñate caller reported the clerk had the door locked and would not let her in to buy cigarettes. She said other people were being allowed to go into the store and it looked like there was drug activity. She told dispatchers it “looked all weird like she was on something.”

Looking for the police blotter for Sept. 18 through Sept. 20, 2019? Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan instructed Española/Rio Arriba E-911 Dispatch Center Director Petro Gutierrez and Deputy Director Josh Archuleta not to release the dispatch logs in their original, unredacted format. Lujan can be reached at 753-3329.

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