blotter crash 6-18-2020

The Toyota Camry (right), driven by Fred Montoya, Santa Fe, was partially blocking the southbound lane of South Riverside Drive at 3:30 p.m., June 18, when the gray Dodge (left), driven by Berenice Hernandez-Molina, could not stop in time or swerve to miss him. Montoya was transported to Española Hospital with minor injuries. Hernandez-Molina had no injuries. Neither vehicle’s air bag deployed.

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:

Pay to stay

June 7

3:07 a.m. A Medanales caller reported they had extinguished a fire that had started under a crawl space but wanted firefighters to make sure.

10:49 a.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a woman had wandered away in sweatpants and a hospital gown.

11:34 a.m. A Motel 6 caller said the desk clerk was kicking her out for no reason. Police found she had not paid for another night.

1:42 p.m. A man called from outside El Rey Liquor saying his son was passed out under a tree and he could not move him.

3:24 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Police officer was pursuing a red Mustang south on Riverside Drive that was in the north lane and would not stop. The driver bailed at McDonald’s and officers chased him back to McCurdy Road but did not catch him.

8:14 p.m. A Motel 6 caller reported she did not know where she was and she and her friend needed to get out. Police determined they were both “under narcotics hallucinating everything.”

9:26 p.m. A caller near Familia Dental reported three children throwing rocks at the office windows. Police turned the juveniles over to their parents.

Head banger

June 8

3:51 a.m. A Lomita Lane caller reported a neighbor burning plastic. He was issued a warning.

4:25 a.m. Española police responded to an alarm going off at San Pedro Shell. They arrested a man at the scene. While en route to the emergency room to be checked out, the man was banging his head on the cage.

11:01 a.m. A Motel 6 manager called about the same woman not wanting to leave from the night before. Police gave her a ride to Days Inn.

1:23 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported his son was threatening him. Police gave the father a ride to the casino.

2:18 p.m. A Calle Chamisal caller reported her mom was getting calls that the caller had been kidnapped and they need $500 to let her go. Police explained the scam.

5:18 p.m. A Monterey Lane caller reported tin from a neighbor’s roof blew off and scratched her car.

5:55 p.m. A Chrysler Dodge dealership caller reported an employee who quit threw oil containers and trash “all over the floor.”

7:17 p.m. A reckless driver was pulled over by Holy Cross church. The officer found a handgun and controlled substances on the driver, who was arrested.

Slow service

June 9

2:57 a.m. An officer contacted a driver parked at the Methadone clinic. He was waiting for it to open.

7:29 a.m. A Paseo de Oñate caller reported finding a handgun in his yard. Police ran two serial numbers, neither of which came up as stolen. The guns were held for destruction.

9:57 a.m. A Chimayó caller reported his brother poisoned his dog. Deputies determined the man could not prove who did it.

11:49 a.m. A Valley Drive caller said a man with a cup was yelling at her.

12:16 p.m. A Godfrey Lane caller reported he gave his vehicle to a man to repair it 18 months ago and the mechanic still had it.

12:32 p.m. A caller by the Santa Cruz Post Office reported a truck was partially blocking the road. Police could not locate it.

1 p.m. A different caller reported a fight where the truck was. No one wanted to press charges, it was a family affair.

1:55 p.m. An Oliver’s in Ojo Caliente caller reported a man came into the store, threw a soda and bag of chips on the floor and left.

4:23 p.m. A Washington Federal fraud investigator reported a man negotiated a fraudulent $24,400 check on May 18.

5:42 p.m. A Vista del Rio Apartments caller reported being robbed at gunpoint.

7:33 p.m. A Hernandez caller reported a car parked behind a tree. Deputies determined the car had been driven into the tree and stolen in Albuquerque. It was towed.

10 p.m. An alarm activated at Creative Kids Child Care Center. The manager could see burglars inside with her cameras. When the burglars stepped out the front door, police greeted them. A television was recovered.

11:08 p.m. An Ohkay Owingeh caller reported a man walking around her property looking for a bed.

Lookin’ for love

June 10

2:38 a.m. An Española Hospital caller reported a possibly stolen vehicle in the lot. Police found the windows were broken and ignition damaged.

10:38 a.m. A customer at Century Bank said people had kidnapped her daughter. She gave them no money and wanted a record of that.

2:34 p.m. An Española Police officer reported he was retrieving a stolen gun at Desert Sun. It belonged to someone in Tierra Amarilla.

4:39 p.m. A Truchas caller reported an abandoned vehicle in the forest with windows busted out and a knife on the front seat.

4:56 p.m. An EZ Way Laundry caller said a woman “higher than a kite” was banging her head on machines. Twenty minutes later she called again and said she was holding the woman down until officers arrived.

6:12 p.m. A Walmart caller reported a man circling the parking lot talking to women. Police could not locate him. Another caller reported the same thing a half-hour later. Police told him to stop.

7:11 p.m. A man on his way to Coyote called to report local teens breaking windows at his mother’s house. Deputies made contact with the suspects’ sister and would return later for a conversation.

8:58 p.m. A Dixon woman reported being threatened by a drunk man, who later texted to her, “I am going to get rid of you.”

9:07 p.m. An El Paisano caller reported a man with a sword chasing another through the Walgreens parking lot.

Stolen handgun recovered?

June 11

12:39 a.m. A fight was reported on Fish Pond Lane.

3:09 a.m. A caller by McDonald’s reported a man hitting windows. Police found the man had a bloody face and was missing a tooth. He walked home.

9:03 a.m. A Walgreens caller reported a child left in a car for more than 20 minutes.

12:50 p.m. A Food King caller reported his handgun was stolen from his vehicle at the gas station.

1:15 p.m. A caller by McDonald’s reported a black handgun on the curb. Police recovered it and entered it into evidence.

3:12 p.m. A Rio Arriba County deputy in Dixon changed a tire for a motorist.

7:58 p.m. Two callers reported a woman running down the middle of the road in Ojo Caliente, one said she was suicidal. A deputy spoke to her. She was trying to catch her dog.

11:41 p.m. A man en route to the emergency room said he had been stabbed and his sister was bringing him to the hospital. He was stabbed five times in the chest and arms and did not want police to investigate.


June 12

8:01 a.m. An Abiquiú caller reported a vehicle parked in the middle of an unnamed road. Rio Arriba County deputies determined it had been reported stolen and contacted the owner.

8:55 a.m. A Fairview Pharmacy employee reported a man digging behind the building. Police moved him along.

10:56 a.m. A Total Secure employee said she got to work and discovered one of the vehicles they had towed had been taken.

2:24 p.m. A Chimayó caller reported a house on fire. The fire was controlled quickly and the house was determined to be abandoned.

3:54 p.m. A Rincon de Estrella caller reported a man against whom he had a restraining order was cutting weeds in the yard. Española police looked at the order and found all parties live at the same address.

4:06 p.m. A Days Inn caller reported an unnamed man broke into a room and stole a refrigerator from the hotel.

11:49 p.m. Española Police officers cleared traffic from the Walmart parking lot, then dispersed a crowd in front of the Speedway. One person was arrested.

Too tired to walk

June 13

2:12 a.m. A man wearing a wrestling belt was reported charging his phone in front of Las Lomas Apartments.

3:02 a.m. A traffic stop was conducted on a driver on Riverside Drive. The driver got a ride home and the car was towed.

4:08 a.m. A woman called and advised she and her sister and brother-in-law were walking home and could not walk any more.

7:34 a.m. A Lower San Pedro Road caller reported a naked woman with rocks and sticks walking. Police could not locate her.

12:55 p.m. A Camino Cielo Grande caller did not speak but dispatchers could hear yelling about a boy trying to hurt himself. Española police officers responded and found the boy in the hills behind the house. He was released to a relative.

4:43 p.m. An Española Family Dollar store manager called and said he was following a woman who stole many things from the store. He was advised to stop following her. He followed the woman to her house on Ash Loop. Española police recovered the stolen merchandise.

4:49 p.m. A State Police officer had a man in custody for an outstanding warrant. The man provided a Santa Clara Tribal I.D. and was transferred to tribal police.

7:35 p.m. An off-duty State Police officer reported two men shooting signs from a truck. He lost sight of the truck.

7:45 p.m. A North Riverside Drive caller reported six Razor vehicles driving between Fairview Lane and the Walmart parking lot. An Española Police officer made them park at Mariscos.

9:44 p.m. An Española Police officer pulled over a driver who was antagonistic. The officer advised dispatchers to make a note the driver was purposely trying to get pulled over.

11:20 p.m. An Española Police officer tried to pull over a driver, who fled. The officer and driver reached speeds of 90 mph on North Riverside Drive. The chase was canceled at Ohkay Owingeh Casino.

Guns out

June 14

9:37 a.m. A Sunset Drive caller reported her vehicles had been egged and they had called the previous night about a disturbance but no police responded.

11:23 a.m. A Valley Drive caller reported his neighbor called him and said a man was helping a woman over the caller’s gate. The caller was out of town.

Noon, A caller reported people would gather at the Dreamcatcher Theater parking lot and then go knock down the Oñate statue in Alcalde.

12:14 p.m. A caller in front of the Rio Grande SUN reported there was a domestic fight between her son and his girlfriend’s family. Guns were out but no shots had been fired. Police said no one was there.

4:34 p.m. A Walmart security caller reported a Santa Cruz man was editing drivers’ licenses and creating tribal I.D.s. He had a copy in his office.

6:07 p.m. A man riding his motorcycle on State Road 76 near Truchas reported he had crashed in the desert and could not move. The call was transferred to Santa Fe County and Agua Sana assisted.

8:55 p.m. A Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park caller reported a woman chasing and harassing people at the park. Police helped her find her phone.

10:28 p.m. A woman outside Española Hospital reported her friend was inside the emergency room. The friend’s boyfriend had intentionally run over her leg in Alcalde. The call was transferred to State Police.

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