County Sheriff's Office

August 13

• A woman on Jaramillo Loop in Veguita contacted a deputy to report her father's truck had been broken into and severely damaged. She said the damage and break-in happened late two days prior. The passenger side mirror and door handle were broken, both driver's passenger windows were completely shattered, the ignition key cylinder was broken off and missing, the battery was stolen, and the metal cover for the gas tank was open and gas cap was missing. There were hundreds of pieces of glass on the ground and inside the pick-up. Items stolen included heavy-duty truck jacks with stands and handles, heavy-duty truck battery, Craftsman tool box containing Craftsman tools, fire extinguisher, set of heavy-duty snow chains, crossbar, five quarts of Valvoline oil and metal funnel, Levis winter jacket, heavy-duty Ford floor mats, suede leather gloves, long-handled metal flashlight, 50' of heavy duty rope, and the truck's manual with maintenance receipts. Photos were taken of the damage. No suspects have been identified at this time.

August 21

• An officer was informed that there was some evidence that needed to be picked up at the Socorro County Detnetion Center and taken to the Sheriff's Department. The evidence had been collected by a former administrator of the detention center. It was placed into evidence.

• An officer was leaving the Socorro County Detention Center and happened on a female subject who was known to have a valid warrant. Her warrant was confirmed, and she was placed into custody and booked into the SCDC.

• An officer was dispatched at 8:30 a.m. to Escondida Lane where a vehicle had been broken into. The victim said that morning she went to get in her car and noticed that some items were missing and other things had been moved around. She did admit to not locking her car the night before. Stolen from her car were a toothbrush and toothpaste. She also found her prescription eyeglasses had been damaged. No suspect at the time of the report.

August 24

• An officer was on patrol at 4 p.m. when a report on the radio said there were two females known to have arrest warrants out of the Compliance office at a birthday party at Clark Field. At the scene, the deputy located the wanted females and confirmed their warrants through NCIC. Both suspects were arrested, processed, and incarcerated at the SCDC.

August 25

• An officer was dispatched to the Socorro County Detention Center in reference to detention officers finding narcotics during a shakedown. A brown substance wrapped in clear plastic was found in Cell 04, and was logged into evidence.

August 26

• An officer was called to arrest a male subject at the Compliance office. The suspect was wanted on a warrant. He was transported to the Socorro County Detention Center.

August 27

• An officer was contacted at 1 p.m. by a Socorro police officer in reference to a male who was pulled over on a traffic stop. The driver had an active warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken to the Sheriff’s office for booking paperwork and then to the detention center.

• An officer responded to a domestic in progress at a residence on County Road 91 which began as a disagreement and turned into a scuffle between female 1 ands female 2. As the officer walked up to the home, female 2 stated, "I did not assault her. I just took the phone away." She said female 1 started filming her and her elderly mother with a cell phone, and she did not like that and told her to stop. According to female 1, who was the sister of the elderly woman, she was documenting the way female 2 was taking care of the elderly woman. She said it started in the bathroom when she was helping her elderly sister and cleaning her. As they finished in the bathroom area, she asked female 2 to help carry her back to the living room couch. The female 1 said that female 2 became agitated and was roughhousing the woman and said, “This is why she needs to be in hospice.” She said that as they got to the couch, female 2 was pushing woman onto the couch, where she fell off. The couch did have a smooth surface. After the woman was placed on the couch, female 2 got upset about her mother being dirty and that she needed to change her pants. Female 1 said she was not dirty and then went to find her cell phone, and when she did she started filming female 2. Female 1 told the officer that female 2 grabbed her by the neck. The officer noted bruising on her arm. Feamle 2 denied causing the marks on female 1's arm and said she just wanted to take the phone from her. Female 1 left to spend the night with a neighbor. No one pressed charges, and a report was taken by the deputy.

August 28

• An officer assisted a Magdalena Deputy Marshal who was investigating a stabbing in Magdalena. The officer located the suspect, who had been identified by the victim a few days after the stabbing. The suspect’s girlfriend said she and he had been at a friend’s house where the victim also was, and that the victim was “picking on” the suspect, using derogatory terminology, so they decided to leave. While they were walking down the road, she said the victim came out of the home with a gun and started threatening the suspect. There was an altercation, and the suspect ended up stabbing the victim with a screwdriver he had in his pocket. The suspect was charged with aggravated battery and child abuse, since he was holding a child at the time of the stabbing.

August 30

Officers were dispatched at 6:30 p.m. to Lopezville Road where a mother said her minor daughter would not return home from a friend's house. The deputies went to retrieve the daughter, telling her she needed to stay home and not to run away again. The mother picked her up but got scared when the daughter threatened her. At 7:30 p.m. the deputies were called back to the residence for a battery that had occurred while the mother was driving the daughter back home. The daughter was transported to the hospital to be evaluated because of suicidal threats. A JPO officer was advised of the incident and said a complete evaluation would be made on the daughter. The daughter was allowed to stay with a relative for the night. Charges are pending.

September 2 

Officers were dispatched at 4:38 p.m. to mile marker 37 on Highway 380 in reference to a domestic in progress. The calling party stated a male was trying to kill his father. Both father and son were still inside the vehicle screaming and yelling at each other, and both were intoxicated. The mother of the son told dispatch they were not OK and tried telling the son to get away. Dispatch also advised there was a handgun in the vehicle. Upon arrival, the deputy saw a male sitting on a hill beside a black Ford pick-up truck. The male was asked what had occurred, and he stated nothing happened, that he was just trying to find his father. The man said he was a cop and is employed with the Albuquerque Police Department for almost 13 years. The man stated his ankle was hurting and could hardly move. The man’s mother and father were hiding behind a tree on the other side of the road, and the mother told the deputy they were on their way home to Fruitland and the father and son had been drinking. The son was in the back seat and told her to drive faster and then said he was going to jump out of the truck. She stated she was scared and the next thing she knew the son started choking his father from behind the seat. She said that she immediately pulled over to the side of the road, jumped out of the vehicle and flagged down another vehicle for help. The father stated his son did choke him from behind and punched him once to the left side of his face. He stated he was punching back trying to get him to stop choking him. The father then said when he had the opportunity, he got the handgun and hid it in the vehicle where Leighton could not get it. A witness who was traveling behind them was flagged down by the mother and was asked to call for help. The witness stated she saw the son chasing his father around their vehicle. She pulled over to the side of the road and was with the mother. A deputy retrieved the son’s APD duty weapon from the truck where the father hid it and secured it in a patrol unit. The son was placed under arrest and put in another patrol unit. The son was transported to the hospital due to the severity of his ankle. The parents said they were scared of their son because he told them he was going to kill his father. The vehicle was released to the parents, and the son was later booked and incarcerated into the SCDC.

September 3

• An officer was patrolling at 7:06 p.m. and went to check on a male subject on Pinto Road in Veguita, who was working in the bed of a white Ford Ranger. The deputy entered the license plate number into NCIC which showed it was stolen from Albuquerque. The man told the deputy he just got done putting a fuel pump in the truck. He was asked where he got the truck and he explained he got it from his niece but would not tell her name. He was Mirandized and said the truck was stolen. The man immediately disagreed. When asked again where he got the truck he said he got it from his nephew and paid $500 for it. He also said he had the truck in his possession for nearly two months and had no knowledge of it being stolen. He even said he had the keys and title, but that his ex-girlfriend arrived shortly before the deputy got there and stole the keys and title from him. The registered owner’s daughter was contacted and told the truck was recovered. She stated they still have the keys and title. Due to the suspect’s medical conditions, he was not placed under arrest and was charged with receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, a 4th-degree felony.

• An officer patrolling in a marked Sheriff's Department vehicle on Interstate 25 was passed by a white Buick clocked at 95 miles per hour. A traffic stop was initiated, and the driver explained was going 95 because he wanted to get home to Albuquerque. While speaking to the driver, the deputy noticed that he had bloodshot watery eyes and he was speaking with a slurred speech. While he was looking for his vehicle information, he was fumbling around and was having issues picking up and holding onto the paperwork. An odor of an alcoholic beverage was emitting from the interior, and the driver claimed he drank two beers four hours ago. He was asked to perform Standard Field Sobriety Tests but had trouble getting out of his car and keeping his balance. After failing the tests, he was arrested for DWI and Open Container. A breath test on the IR8000 measured .20 and .18, making it an aggravated offense. Additional charges were speeding and failure to use signals. He was incarcerated, and his Buick was towed from the scene.

• An officer met with a man in the parking lot of the Socorro County Sheriff’s office who came to report a burglary that had occurred at his residence on Poco Loco Lane in Lemitar. He said that he was gone from the house yesterday, and when he arrived back home today, he noted several items missing, including a bag of tools, a Crossman air gun and about $40 in cash he had in his trailer. He said a witness told him they saw his wife’s daughter and her boyfriend at his house. The deputy attempted to make contact with the witness but was unable to do so. The case is ongoing.

September 5

• An officer was dispatched at 1:30 p.m. to the 600 block of Center Street in reference to a burglary. The victim stated that she had been in a vehicle crash the day before in which her camper had flipped over. The camper had been towed to this location. She said when she went pick up her belongings out of the camper she discovered someone had gotten into it and stole her flat-screen TV, two propane tanks and an estimated $2,000 worth of clothing. No security cameras were working, and the deputy was unable to locate any witnesses in the area. There are no suspects at this time.

• An officer served an additional outstanding warrant on an inmate at the Socorro County Detention Center.

• An officer met with a man in Veguita at around 1:30 p.m. who reported that sometime in the last two days someone punctured the fuel tank on his Chevy Silverado and stole the gas from within. He said the truck was parked in his yard on Palo Duro Road and the tank was filled to capacity.

September 6

• An officer was patrolling in the 400 block of Grant Street at 4:30 p.m. and noticed a silver Hyundai in the middle of the street with the door of the vehicle open. A female individual approached the deputy and said the woman driving the car was not welcome at her house and wanted her gone. The deputy spoke with the driver and noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the interior. When asked how much she had to drink, the driver said, "a lot," and the deputy asked her to step out of the car. The Hyundai then started moving forward, and the driver ignored the deputy's command to put in park, and she headed south on Grant. The suspect turned right on to Spring Street traveling west and turned right again on to Highway 60 going east. She made a left turn onto Lincoln traveling north and made a right turn onto Reservoir traveling east. Then she made a left turn back onto Grant traveling north. Then a right turn onto Terry Street traveling east and cut through the parking lot of City Hall making a right on to Bernard Street. She continued to go south on Bernard and made a right onto Plaza Street which rounds the west end of the plaza and connects to Park Street. She continued south on Park and then a right onto Spring traveling west and then a right onto Grant and came to a stop where the incident began. She was handcuffed and taken to the Socorro County Sheriff's office where she failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. After 20 minute deprivation period she submitted a breath test to the IR- 8000 and produced a BrAc of .16 or greater. She was charged with aggravated driving while under the influence, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and driving while license revoked. She was booked into the SCDC.

September 8

• An officer was dispatched at 2 a.m. to Chambon Road in Lemitar in reference to a 911 hang-up call in which the caller requested an ambulance and then disconnected. The deputy arrived and was told the male victim had been jumped and was lying in the backyard. The left side of the victim's face was swollen, his top lip was split, and the right side of his face was slightly swollen. The victim told the deputy he was asleep and heard someone knocking on the back door. He opened the door to the male suspect, a person known to him, who started yelling at him about a four-wheeler and then started hitting the victim in the face repeatedly. The victim said he was able to hit the suspect at least one time. The victim fell to the ground and the suspect kicked him in the back and left. The victim said he lay on the ground for 10 minutes before anyone found him and called 911. The deputy drove to the suspect's location in Socorro, but no one would answer the door. Charges to be filed against the suspect.

September 10

• An officer was dispatched at 9 p.m. to a homein Veguita where a mother reported that her juvenile son was fighting with her and damaging her car. The deputy spoke with the juvenile, who was on probationary status with JPPO, who said he got mad at his mother because he wanted his own cell phone and jumped on her vehicle, breaking the windshield by kicking it with his feet. The juvenile had red bruising on his neck, and his mother said he chokes himself to get angry. The deputy contacted JPPO and was advised to transport him to Anna Kaseman in Albuquerque for a mental evaluation because he was choking himself. He was checked in for an evaluation and a report will be forwarded to JPPO pending the results of the assessment and treatment of the male juvenile.

• A deputy was requested to District Court in reference to a male subject with a minute order. The subject was taken into custody and booked at SCDC.