UPDATED: The Blotter (5/16/2013)
Socorro County Sheriff’s Department
• A deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop after midnight on Highway 304, but the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle instead maintained a high rate of speed and kept crossing the line on the roadway. When it finally did stop, the driver, a Belen man, got out and started running. The deputy caught the man and arrested him. The man was taken to Socorro General Hospital for bloodwork. He was medically cleared then booked into jail.
• A deputy was dispatched to Veguita about 6:30 p.m. regarding a person peeling out in the complainant’s yard and driving fast. While on patrol, the deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description the complainant provided so he stopped the vehicle. The driver, a Belen man, had a valid bench warrant so he was arrested.
• A Luis Lopez man reported someone entered his camper sometime between March 30 and 31, stealing his guitar and guitar case. The guitar is valued at $1,000. There were no suspects as of the time of the report.
• A Socorro man reported someone was shooting and a round hit his trailer on North Chaparral Drive. The deputy saw a small, round hole in the trailer that did not go all the way through. There were no spent rounds on the ground in the area. A Socorro Police Department officer said two other men were shooting rounds earlier. The deputy met with the two men, who believed their shots would not travel as far as the man’s trailer.
• A deputy assisting the county’s DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro man with a valid warrant. He was taken to the hospital for a medical clearance, then to jail.
• A deputy assisting the county’s DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro man who had a valid commitment order but had not turned himself in. The deputy and a compliance officer went to the man’s residence and arrested him, then transported him to jail.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro man with a valid warrant about 7:05 p.m. He was taken to SCDC.
• A deputy responded to Schmittle Road in Lemitar about 9:40 p.m. regarding a burglary. The man reported they had been gone since July, and when they returned home found two windows broken and things missing. The deputy advised the man to make a list of missing items.
• Sometime after 8 p.m., a deputy met with a Bosque man on Highway 116, who said his vehicle was broken down and they would push it off the road and find a way to tow it. A second person said they would continue to push the vehicle on the road until they get it home, which was 150 feet away. The vehicle had no light. The deputy had the vehicle towed and issued tickets for no driver’s license, no insurance, expired registration and vehicle in roadway.
• A deputy pulled a Lemitar man over by county Road 91 and Santillanes about 11:50 p.m. The deputy noticed the truck had no license plate. The vehicle was towed and the driver ticketed for speeding, no insurance and tail lamps required.
• A Socorro man reported about 1:24 p.m. a black SUV hit his vehicle from behind at the corner of California and Wal streets when he slowed down, and the SUV then drove off. The Socorro man followed the SUV to America’s Best Inn. The suspect, a Socorro woman, said the man slowed down at the intersection for no reason and that’s when she hit him.
• A deputy pulled over a Socorro man about 3:38 p.m. on I-25. The man was unable to provide proper insurance for the vehicle, so the vehicle was towed and the driver cited for no insurance.
• A deputy was dispatched to a traffic crash about 12:53 p.m. on I-25. The left rear tire had blown out, damaging the left side of the vehicle. The driver, a Las Cruces man, also had a suspended or revoked driver’s license, so he was arrested and taken to jail.
• A deputy was dispatched to a crash about 4:11 p.m. on Channel Road. The driver, a Socorro woman, said a honey bee flew into the vehicle, and she is allergic to bee stings. She then lost control of the vehicle and it flipped into the ditch.
• A deputy met with a Veguita woman about 8:58 p.m. She reported she and her husband had been drinking all day. When they returned home she was tired and wanted to sleep, but her husband became angry and damaged property in the home. She and her husband were advised to stay away from each other.
• A deputy learned Brett Jones-Theophilious, of Veguita, has failed to register as a sex offender since December 2010. Several attempts were made to contact Jones-Theophilious, but all were unsuccessful. The deputy learned Jones-Theophilious is incarcerated in Puerto Rico and facing federal prosecution for failure to register as a sex offender. The online state sex offender registry reports Jones-Theophilious was convicted of sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona in 1998.
• A Navajo woman reported she left to visit family. When she returned home to pay her electric bill, the company said they would not connect her electricity because someone had connected jumpers to get free electricity. She said she believed someone stayed at her home while she was away, and she didn’t know the person. Any further action will be handled by Navajo police.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro man with a valid warrant about 3 p.m. and transported him to jail.
• A deputy met with a Socorro woman about 4 p.m. at the DWI compliance office in reference to identity theft. She said she misplaced her letter from the Social Security Administration. She believes she left it at her cousin’s home but she wasn’t sure. Since then, she received a letter from Verizon stating the company was glad for her inquiry but needs a $125 deposit, but she had not made any inquiry with Verizon. The deputy then arrested the woman on a valid bench warrant and transported her to jail.
• A deputy was dispatched to a crash on Highway 380 about 7:11 a.m. The driver, an Alabama man, said a deer jumped in front of the vehicle. There was damage to the front and passenger side of the vehicle, and no enforcement action was taken.
• A Socorro County Road Department employee reported a camera had been left in a truck overnight and was missing. The camera was a Kodak Z9900 worth $400.
• A deputy responded to a crash on the ditch bank by Frontage Road about 9:10 p.m. The driver, a San Antonio woman, had attempted to cross the crossover and the vehicle veered left and fell into a ditch. The vehicle was removed by the owner.
• A deputy met with a Socorro man at the sheriff’s office about 9:16 a.m. and arrested him on a commitment order.
• A deputy was dispatched to I-25 and met with the driver of a vehicle, a Socorro woman. She said she pulled over and the vehicle caught fire. The vehicle was a total loss.
• A deputy was dispatched to a crash at Santa Fe Lane and Hefner about 10:28 p.m. A Socorro woman had backed her vehicle into a Socorro Police Department unit.
• A Lemitar woman reported an account at Ax Propane had been opened in her name on Nov. 26, 2007, and was kept until March 2012 with a balance of $245.13. She said she did not live here during that time.
• A deputy was dispatched to a crash on Interstate 25 about 6:40 p.m. An El Paso, Texas, man had lost control of his vehicle and hit the guard rail when he attempted to avoid hitting a Rio Rancho woman’s car. The man was ticketed.
• A jail employee called a deputy about an Albuquerque man who wanted to turn himself in. The man had a valid bench warrant and was arrested.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Veguita woman on a valid warrant about 9 p.m.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro woman on a valid warrant about 10:30 p.m.
• A deputy helped a paramedic with a patient who was paranoid in Bernardo. The patient believed people were shooting at him, and his father said the patient had not slept for a couple of days. The patient has a history of mental illness. The patient was handcuffed, placed in the back of a patrol unit and taken to Socorro General Hospital.
• A deputy met with a Bank of America representative at a residence on Badger Lane in Veguita. The representative said the house was under foreclosure and upon his inspection of the home, he found a swimming pool pump had been taken from the property. The pump is valued at $3,800.
• A deputy assisting at the DWI compliance office arrested an Albuquerque man on a valid bench warrant.
• A deputy was called to the San Antonio General Store about 2:25 p.m. regarding a gas skip. An Alto woman put gas in her vehicle and tried to pay with her credit card but the machine was offline, and she was told it would be a few minutes. After 10 minutes she left without paying. A deputy spoke to the woman by telephone and told her to call the store and pay for the gas.
• A deputy performing court security in District Court arrested a Socorro man on a judge’s order.
• A deputy was dispatched to a crash on Interstate 25 about 9:32 p.m. The driver and a witness, two Florida men, said there was a mechanical failure in the right dual wheel and the vehicle caught fire. The Socorro Fire Department was called to distinguish the fire.
• A deputy met with county employees, who reported the suspect, a Socorro woman, gave two weeks’ notice at the Socorro County Senior Center. She was told to turn in her keys on April 5, but she never turned them in. On April 19, the reporting parties went into the woman’s office to access time sheets and found the hard drive on the computer had been deleted. Charges are pending.
• A deputy was called to a traffic accident on the ditch bank by the frontage road. The driver of the semi said his girlfriend was having a seizure and he stood up to catch her before she fell from the sleeper. He then lost control of the semi and it crossed Interstate 25 and the frontage road, finally coming to a stop with the cab hanging over the ditch. Both the driver and his girlfriend were transported to Socorro General Hospital with minor injuries.
• A deputy was dispatched to a traffic accident on I-25 near the rest area. The driver said he put the car in drive when he meant to put it in reverse, then drove forward and hit a brick wall, deploying the air bags.
• A Socorro man was unable to provide a driver’s license on a traffic stop. The deputy got his information and processed it through the National Crime Information Center, discovering the driver’s license was suspended or revoked. The Socorro man was arrested.
• A deputy conducting a traffic stop found a Socorro man with a valid bench warrant and arrested the man. The deputy then checked the passenger of the vehicle, a Socorro woman, for a valid driver’s license and found she had a valid bench warrant. She was also arrested.
• A deputy conducting a traffic stop on I-25 discovered the driver had a suspended license. The vehicle was towed and the driver cited.
• A deputy was dispatched to Veguita about 9:55 a.m. regarding domestic violence. The victim, a Belen woman, said the suspect, a Belen man, accused her of being unfaithful. She tried to leave, but the suspect stood in the doorway and prevented her from leaving. When she finally was able to leave, the suspect pulled her hair and purse. She said the man started following her as she walked down the road, so she went into a pasture. She said the man then started to do doughnuts with his truck and she feared for her life. The woman contacted a friend who picked her up. The man said the couple had been in an argument and the woman left the property, and he followed her. He said she picked up a rock and threw it at his truck. When she threw a second rock, he got angry, did a doughnut-style turn and left. The two were separated and advised not to have contact with each other.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro man with a valid warrant.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Lemitar man with a valid warrant about 12 p.m.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Lemitar man with a valid warrant about 2 p.m.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro man with a valid warrant about 3 p.m.
• A deputy assisting the DWI compliance office arrested a Socorro woman with a valid warrant about 5:30 p.m.
• A deputy was asked to call a victim, a Magdalena man, who said he was being followed and had a gun pointed at him. The deputy met with the victim at his residence. The victim said a red Dodge pickup had pulled up behind him and he thought it was a police officer pulling him over. The pickup pulled up beside him and then sped away. The victim followed the pickup to a driveway, but didn’t see the private driveway sign. The victim then left the property and stopped at the gate where he saw the red pickup. He said he then saw a second suspect, another Magdalena man, coming toward him with a pistol. The victim drove away, but he was followed by the two Magdalena men. He turned in at a friend’s house and called 911.
• A deputy was dispatched to Bosquecito about 9:06 p.m. regarding a domestic disturbance. The suspect, a Socorro man, was bleeding from his right arm. Emergency medical services personnel responded and transported the man to Socorro General Hospital. The three victims reported the suspect had fallen out of his chair and hit his face on the ground. When they tried to help him, he pushed them. He then pushed one woman again. Another tried stopping him from doing anything else to that woman, but he pulled her hair and twisted her arm, pushing her to the ground. A man stepped in and was hit in the side of the face. The man removed the suspect from the home, which is when the suspect punched a kitchen window and broke it. The suspect had a severe cut in his arm. The deputy then picked up the suspect from the hospital and transported him to jail.
• A deputy was called to a traffic accident on I-25 about 3:30 a.m. The driver, a Colorado man, said something ran in front of his vehicle and he swerved to miss it, losing control of the vehicle. No enforcement action was taken.
• A deputy responded to a traffic accident about 2:45 p.m. on the north end of Chaparral Road. The pickup was engulfed in flames when the deputy arrived. The driver had burns on his body, face and hands. EMS took the victim to the hospital and the fire department extinguished the fire.
• A deputy responded to a traffic accident on U.S. 60 about 9:30 a.m. The driver, a Willard woman, said a herd of deer ran in front of her and she struck two small deer. Her vehicle sustained moderate damage.
• A Polvadera woman reported her purse stolen. It contained personal belongings and $10 cash.
• A deputy conducting a traffic stop for an unsecure load about 10:33 p.m. requested the driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, but the driver, an Albuquerque man, could only provide a vehicle registration. The deputy discovered the driver’s license was suspended or revoked. The vehicle was towed and the driver arrested.
• A deputy met with a Socorro man at the DAV. The man said another man was driving around with National Guard plates on his truck that belong to him and the plate is not registered.
• A deputy stopped a Socorro man by Leroy and College. The deputy noticed the man’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, he had slurred speech and he smelled like an alcoholic beverage. The driver failed a sobriety test and was arrested, as well as cited for speeding and running a stop sign.
• A deputy was dispatched to a traffic crash on Hope Farm Road about 4:45 p.m. The driver, a Socorro man, said he took his eyes off the road and hit a fence post. He was cited for careless driving and failure to report an accident.
• A deputy met with a San Pedro man at the man’s home. The man said he left his semi parked at his house for several days. he was gone the night of April 26, but his elderly parents were home. On April 28, he noticed his fuel gauge was lower than it was when he parked the semi. He believed someone siphoned about $200 worth of fuel out of the semi.
• A Western Mercantile employee reported a person taking pellets from the store. The suspect drove a red Toyota truck.
• A Magdalena man reported someone cut the fence and traveled up the road to Waldo Mine. the man also said someone had been throwing trash in the area and he believes someone is poaching.
• A Ruidoso man reported farming equipment had been stolen. He said he left a border marker, valued at $800, attached to his tractor and someone unhooked it and took it sometime between April 28 and 29. He believed the suspect had a large tractor because of the tracks.
• A deputy conducted a traffic stop about 8:28 p.m. The driver, a Datil man, was unable to provide any documents. The deputy smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver gave consent to search, and the deputy found marijuana and paraphernalia. The vehicle was towed and the man was cited.
• A deputy responded to a traffic crash on Interstate 25 about 10:58 p.m. The driver said as he was driving down the road, the trailer came unhooked from the truck. Both truck and trailer came to a stop on the right side of the road. The trailer was towed and no enforcement action was taken.