The Blotter (7/18/2013)

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Socorro County Sheriff’s Department
Jan. 19
• The Children, Youth and Families Department contacted a deputy with a report of possible criminal sexual penetration of a minor between September 2010 and Jan. 5, 2013. The deputy conducted a safe house interview with the victim in Albuquerque. The victim then underwent a medical exam and the case was presented to the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s office, which declined to prosecute.

April 15
• A Socorro man reported another Socorro man who had been working for him stole an auger, including a bit and shaft, and pawned it. The deputy went to the pawn shop and took the auger into possession of SCSD, then obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect. The victim then said he had already been paid by the suspect and did not want to pursue charges. The deputy met with the DA’s office, who said to arrest the suspect and take him before the judge. The judge had the suspect released.

May 10
• A Socorro woman told a deputy she had reported an April 25 assault to the Socorro Police Department but police had done nothing. She wanted to know about a protection order. A deputy helped her fill out the paperwork. When the woman went to file the order in District Court, she was told the form was incorrect. She then filled out the correct form and got it filed. The suspect, a Socorro man, was served with the order. The woman then called another deputy to help her retrieve her personal property. She tried to take a vehicle she said she bought, but another deputy told her she could not take the vehicle because it was not considered personal property.
• A deputy was serving an order to a Bosque man when the man reported someone had damaged his door, but nothing was taken. Another Bosque man said he saw a woman there but could not tell who she was.
• A Veguita woman reported that her grandson, who is in state custody but allowed to stay with her, was taken by her daughter, the boy’s mother. The boy had gotten into his mother’s car when she told him to and they drove off. The incident was reported to CYFD for further action.

May 12
• An officer investigating a domestic disturbance in Veguita discovered the man at the residence had an outstanding warrant. The man was arrested and jailed.

May 19
• A resident of a road off U.S. 60 reported he noticed a vehicle traveling down his road, where only he and another resident live. When he checked his neighbor’s house, he noticed the siding on his neighbor’s mobile home had been taken off. The owner of the trailer was out of town.
• A deputy was dispatched to an accident on Highway 380 about 9:57 p.m. An antelope had jumped in front of a Hondo woman’s vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was slight and the woman was able to drive from the scene.

May 20
• A deputy was dispatched to Lemitar where a man reported someone had removed the property marker, a one-inch steel pipe, from the southeast corner of his property. He also reported a wooden fence post missing.

May 21
• A deputy stopped a Magdalena man for speeding on U.S. 60. The deputy discovered the man had an outstanding warrant for driving without a license. He was arrested and jailed at the Socorro County Detention Center.

May 22
• A deputy met with a Silver City woman to take a report of harassment. The woman said she had driven from Silver City to pick up her children from school for summer break. While waiting for her children, she said an SPD officer and a Socorro woman drove into the parking lot and began making obscene gestures toward her and her children. She said they also yelled at her. She spoke to the SPD chief and assistant chief about the matter but was unhappy with their response, so she wanted to document the incident with SCSD.
• While on routine patrol on Interstate 25, a deputy stopped to check on a motorist who appeared to have car trouble. The deputy discovered the driver, a Socorro woman, had an outstanding warrant. The deputy arrested the woman.
• A deputy stopped a Santa Fe woman on I-25 for speeding about 8:30 p.m. The deputy discovered the woman’s license had been revoked with an arrest clause due to a previous DWI, so the deputy arrested the woman.

May 23
• A Lemitar woman reported her vehicle had been taken from the property without her permission sometime between Feb. 1 and May 20. Also, she said two 15-inch tires had been removed from a GMC pickup and the single pane windows had been broken. The woman found her vehicle at Amador Recycling. A deputy met with an employee there and received a bill of sale but no ID. The case is pending further investigation.

May 24
• A deputy assisting the county misdemeanor compliance office determined a Socorro man had a warrant for his arrest. The man was arrested and jailed.

May 25
• A deputy was dispatched to Lemitar following a report from the Socorro Fire Department of a deceased man. The fire department was called because the man was unresponsive, and upon arrival determined he was deceased. The deputy reported the body to the Office of the Medical Examiner, which responded and assumed the investigation. The man’s brother said the man had been in poor health for several years and had been feeling ill over the past few days. He said when his brother did not come out of his room that morning, he became concerned and checked on him. He called an ambulance when he found him unresponsive.

May 26
• A deputy was dispatched to Veguita about 1:30 a.m. During investigation of a separate incident, the deputy was told a Bosque man had been struck in the face by a Veguita man. After being jailed for a separate charge, the Veguita man was questioned. He admitted to striking the Bosque man in the face after the Bosque man had attempted to calm him down, telling him to cooperate with police. The Veguita man said it made him mad and he struck the Bosque man, knocking him down the stairs.
• A deputy was dispatched to Highway 304 near Veguita for a hit-and-run accident about 6 p.m. A Veguita woman said that as she slowed down to turn in to the Veguita Trading Post parking area, the vehicle behind her struck her vehicle, then continued driving north. She complained of back pain and was transported to the hospital. The deputy later identified the driver of the second vehicle as a 79-year-old Belen man and issued him a traffic citation.
• A Veguita woman reported her brother was trying to get a wheelchair out of her shed for his mother. The mother called the Veguita woman, saying she did not want the wheelchair and asking her not to let the man take it out of the shed. The man then started to take the hinges off the shed door. The Veguita woman told him she was calling the police and he left the area.

May 28
• A deputy assisting the county misdemeanor compliance office discovered a Socorro man had a warrant for his arrest. The man was arrested and incarcerated.
• A deputy assisting the county misdemeanor compliance office discovered a Polvadera man had a warrant for his arrest. The man was arrested and incarcerated.
• A deputy was dispatched to Lemitar to take a burglary report. The homeowner said he left home at about 3:30 p.m. and returned at about 5 p.m. to find the front door had been kicked open. His 26-inch television was missing, as well as a chainsaw he stored in an unlocked shed. He had no paperwork on either item showing a serial number.

May 29
• A deputy assisting the county misdemeanor compliance office discovered a Socorro man had a warrant for his arrest. The man was arrested and incarcerated.
• A deputy served an arrest warrant on a Socorro man at the man’s residence about 5:20 p.m. The man was taken into custody without incident and incarcerated at the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy saw a Socorro man at a gas station whom the deputy knew to have an outstanding warrant. After confirming the warrant, the deputy arrested the man.

May 30
• A deputy met with an Alamo School Board employee about stolen chainsaws. The suspect, an Alamo man, had parked a vehicle at his girlfriend’s home unattended. He told the employee he had parked it at the Alamo motor pool. The suspect then reported the chainsaws missing sometime between May 3 and May 6.
• A San Antonio woman reported her daughter was being harassed by a Socorro man. The woman said the man had gone to her home when she was absent against her stated wishes, thus trespassing. During the interview of the woman and 15-year-old daughter, the deputy discovered the daughter had invited the man to the residence against her mother’s wishes. The daughter said her grandmother had walked in while she was speaking with the man in her room. The deputy advised the mother no trespass or harassment had taken place since the man was invited.
• A deputy stopped a Colorado man on I-25 for speeding about 8:15 p.m. During the stop, the deputy found the vehicle had been stolen from Colorado, and that the man was driving without a valid driver’s license. The man was arrested and incarcerated at the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy was dispatched to Veguita twice on complaints of harassment, witness intimidation and use of a dangerous explosive. The deputy met with a man and his mother, who said their neighbor, a Veguita woman, had fired a pellet gun at the man. When the deputy spoke with the neighbor, she said she was shooting at dogs belonging to the man, although the dogs were in his yard. She said she shot at them because they are always coming into her yard and the man does nothing to stop them. The deputy was later called back to the same residence on the report of a Molotov cocktail being thrown into the yard of the man and his mother. Charges were filed regarding the Molotov cocktail and witness intimidation. The man was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant, so he was arrested and jailed.

June 1
• A deputy was assisting a Veguita man with his vehicle when an ambulance was sent to the man’s address. The deputy then gave the man a ride to his address.

June 2
• A deputy conducted a traffic stop with an Albuquerque man on I-25. The deputy could smell an alcoholic beverage on the driver. The man failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. The man agreed to a breath test, and results were .16 and .16.

June 3
• A deputy met with a Luis Lopez man who reported two swamp coolers were missing from the roof of a home. The deputy then spoke to a representative of the company that owns the home; the representative said the home is in foreclosure. Two deputies entered the home through an unlocked back door to find several other items missing: a water heater, washing machine, dryer, two sinks, a furnace, a toilet and a kitchen stove.

June 5
• Two Socorro women reported another woman missing from her boyfriend’s home in Westminster, Colo. The woman had disappeared, leaving her personal items, including her purse and wallet containing her identification. Later in the day, one of the Socorro women received a call from a Colorado man who said the missing woman was staying in Thornton, Colo., to get away from her abusive boyfriend.
• A deputy was called to District Court to serve an arrest warrant on a woman. The woman was arrested and jailed.
• A deputy met with a Socorro man at his residence after the Adult Probation Office issued an arrest order for the man. The man said he had expected the order, and he was taken into custody without incident.

June 8
A La Joya man reported he was checking on his cattle near Escobar Road in Veguita when he saw a Veguita man chasing his cattle on a four-wheeler. The La Joya man confronted the cattle chaser, telling him to stop. The man said as he was opening the door to get out of his vehicle, he saw the Veguita man pull a pistol from his holster. The Veguita man pushed the vehicle door closed and said he would shoot the La Joya man. The La Joya man drove away, noticing where the other man was headed, and called the sheriff’s department to report the incident. The deputy then spoke to the Veguita man, who said he chased the cattle off his property and had words with the La Joya man. The Veguita man believed the La Joya man was going to hit him, so he pulled his pistol and told the La Joya man he would not fight with him. The case was declined for prosecution.

June 9
• A deputy was dispatched to Calle Bonita in Socorro to help with a person who had requested an ambulance. The person was a Socorro man who had been assaulted, but he refused to identify his assailant.

June 10
• A deputy assisting the county misdemeanor compliance office determined a Socorro woman had an arrest warrant issued by Magistrate Court. She was arrested and jailed at the Socorro County Detention Center.
• A deputy assisting the compliance office arrested a Belen man on a warrant and took him to jail.
• A deputy assisting the compliance office arrested two Socorro men on warrants and took him to jail.
• A deputy responded to a traffic accident about 1:20 p.m. on I-25. A Lynnwood, Wash., man was driving north when he reached for something on the floor. He then swerved to the right, colliding with a guard rail. He was transported to the hospital for his injuries and the vehicle was towed.
• A deputy was dispatched to a dirt lot near U.S. 60 and Granada for a vehicle doing donuts there. The deputy met with the donut performing driver, a Socorro man, who was standing by the vehicle when the deputy arrived. When asked if he had been driving, the Socorro man said “yes.” The deputy smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the man and conducted a field sobriety test. The man performed poorly so he was placed in the patrol unit. He agreed to take a breath test, and results were .12 and .11 breath alcohol content. He was booked into jail.