socorro police department

The following items were taken from officers’ reports

Socorro Police Department

Dec. 29

A caller from Domino’s Pizza reported a female suspect came to the drive-through window to pick up a pizza and tried to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill. When told the bill was fake the suspect became upset, claiming that it was a real $20, and then paid with a real $20 bill. She got her pizza and left, still in possession of the fake money. Another employee at the business was able to identify the suspect through Facebook.

A man on Cuba Road reported his 1972 Ford F100 pickup truck was stolen from his yard. The victim told the officer that a neighbor showed him a picture of a recycling company picking up the truck along with another male. He stated he went to the recycling company and spoke with the owner, who claimed a male suspect sold the truck to the recycling company for $100. The owner provided a name and paperwork for the sale. Charges are pending.

Dec. 30

An officer called to a home in the 700 block of Bursum for a domestic where the suspect had already left. The victim said she confronted the suspect about him cheating with another female. An argument ensued with the suspect striking her several times on the head, face, arms and body with a fist. She said he also shoved her head and face into the wall several times. The officer did see bruising and swelling to the victim’s body. The victim said she tried calling the police several times but each time the suspect would take the phone away and not allow the calls to be completed. The victim said the assault took place for several hours until the suspect left with their daughter. She believed he was possibly headed to an address in Valencia County. The officer documented the injuries to the victim. The victim called police later in the day to advise the child was returned back to her. Charges are pending in the case.

Dec. 31

An officer on patrol noticed the door to a fireworks stand on California St. had a door damaged and the stand appeared to have been burglarized. The officer checked the building, noting the damage, and finding a shoe print and a firework outside the stand. The owner was contacted and told of the break-in. The owner checked the inventory but was not sure what items were taken. The officers were later assisting the Sheriff’s department on another case and found the fireworks in the back of his car. The deputies arrested the suspect on other charges. The suspect was interviewed and admitted to breaking into the fireworks stand.

A driver was pulled over at Neel and Mt. Carmel for a traffic violation who appeared to be intoxicated. The driver failed field sobriety tests and admitted to consuming an alcoholic beverage. He was placed under arrest and agreed to be tested after being advised of the New Mexico Implied Consent warning. After a 20 minute deprivation period, he provided two breath samples with the results being .24 and .23 BrAC (Breath Alcohol Content); three times the legal limit. The suspect was processed and booked SCDC. The vehicle was towed by Baca’s towing.


Socorro County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 27

Officers responded to a call at 10:30 a.m. to the 200 block of Spruce Street in Magdalena for domestic violence. On arrival, officers found the male suspect near the front door sitting in a wheelchair. The male complainant walked outside and told officers the suspect is his uncle and that both men lived in the house and both tested positive for COVID-19. The complainant said that the suspect has a drug problem and he wanted to borrow his car to buy drugs. The complainant refused and the two men argued. The suspect menaced the complainant with a knife, so the complainant knocked him to the ground and locked him out of the house. The suspect reported that he wanted to use the car to visit a friend, that Sisneros had locked him out of the house, and that he was using his knife to attempt to pick the lock of a side door to the house. Near the side door on the east side of the house, officers found a three-inch, black, locking-blade knife. Both men claimed to be COVID-19 positive and had nowhere else to stay, but each said he was not in fear of the other. The men agreed that they could avoid one another for the time being, and officers saw no cause to make an arrest.

Dec. 7

An officer was dispatched at 2 a.m. to a residence on State Road 1 in San Antonio in reference to a vehicle being stolen. The victim stated he had woken up and looked outside and saw that his truck was not in his yard. He said he left the keys in the truck along with his wallet and his wife’s purse.  He said his gate was left open and he had last seen the red 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup at around 11 p.m. The truck has Texas plates and a Texas registration on the driver’s side of the windshield. The officer checked the area where the truck had been parked but did not see any footprints. A BOLO on the truck was issued and it was entered into NCIC as stolen.

The sheriff received a phone call at 10 a.m. from a woman reporting that her stolen car, a 2020 Nissan, had been located on the side of Highway 169, north of Alamo. The sheriff proceeded to the location Highway 169 and had confirmation it was the vehicle that had been reported stolen. It was locked and there was no key in the vehicle. There was nobody in the vehicle and a suspect was not in the area. It did not appear the vehicle had been crashed or damaged. With the permission of the registered owner, the sheriff utilized a vehicle lockout kit to gain access to the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the fenced area at the Socorro County Annex for safekeeping. New Mexico State Police Dispatch was advised of the vehicle recovery.

Dec. 10

A sheriff’s detective was contacted by a man who said that on Dec. 7 his employee had his truck stolen from his home in San Antonio. He added that the truck had been recovered the next day by Truth or Consequences police after it had been used by a suspect in a vehicle pursuit. The man said that the day after the truck was stolen the owner saw a gray SUV parked near his home and that it was still there today. The detective found the SUV at that location and the license plate was gone and the doors were locked. The detective was able to view the VIN on the dash and it was confirmed by dispatch that the SUV was entered as stolen through the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Information on the vehicle theft was provided by Bernalillo County. While on the scene the victim arrived and explained the same situation, adding that he saw the gray SUV the morning after his truck was stolen, but that it wasn’t there the afternoon before his vehicle was stolen. He said that after his vehicle was recovered, he picked up his truck in T or C and found a receipt inside from the Bernalillo Police Department. The receipt appeared to be part of an arrest on Dec. 3 in the City of Bernalillo. The suspect was found to have a history of burglaries and auto theft along with narcotic offenses. The close proximity to the home of the victim, and the fact that the vehicle was left there the same night that the victim’s vehicle was stolen linked the incidents together. The receipt located in the truck linked the suspect to the theft or the transferring of the stolen truck to Sierra County, where a pursuit occurred ending when the driver abandoned the stolen truck and fled on foot. All evidence at this time suggests that this incident and the truck theft on Dec. 7 are linked.

A deputy was called at approximately 2 p.m. to the Socorro County Detention Center where an inmate attempted to escape. The detention officer said one of the female inmates attempted to escape through the vent in the ceiling located in the laundry room. The deputy watched the video which shows the inmate talking to another female in the laundry room. She then went to the closet located in the back of the laundry room. She could be seen climbing up the shelf and out of the camera’s view. The shelf remained wobbling throughout the video, as she was continuing to use it as a ladder. The other female was standing at the closet doorway looking up toward the ceiling. She then walked to the laundry room door entrance to see if anyone was coming, returned back to the closet entrance, and continued looking up toward the closet ceiling. A short time later, the female’s feet reappeared in the frame, dangling from the top of the doorway. In the video, it seemed that the accomplice was warning her that a corrections officer was coming. The inmate began to climb down but fell from the top of the shelf injuring herself from the fall.

Dec. 12

An officer was dispatched at approximately 6 p.m. to Bonita street in Polvadera in reference to a stolen vehicle. The victim said that around 6 a.m. that morning she was at her home in Belen when a friend she had known for a short period of time asked her for a ride to Socorro. She gave him a ride to his family’s house on Bonita Street. When they arrived he asked if he could check her vehicle’s fluids to repay her for the ride. She agreed and gave him the keys to her Nissan. She went inside for a few hours and when she came back outside, both he and her black 2004 Nissan Maxima were gone. She said his family asked her not to call the police at that time while they attempted to find him and get the vehicle back. The victim searched around Socorro and then eventually called 911 after not being able to locate her vehicle. She said she was in the process of moving and had a lot of her personal belongings in her vehicle including her cell phone, a tub full of clothes, some blankets and pillows, a jewelry box and a file folder with personal documents inside it such as the title to that vehicle. She told the officer she called her own cell phone number and spoke to him. He replied not to worry and he would bring it back. After waiting several hours and never hearing anything from him she called 911. The vehicle is entered into NCIC as stolen.

Dec. 14

An officer was dispatched at 8 p.m. to Lorella Court in reference to a woman’s ex-boyfriend coming to her house and threatening her with a gun. The suspect had fled on foot by the time the officer arrived and a search around the area proved futile. The complainant told the officer she heard her ex-boyfriend banging on her door. She asked him through the door what he wanted and he pointed at her and said to let him in. She did not open the door for him and he got mad and kept banging on her front door. He then put his left hand behind his back like he was reaching for something. She said she never actually saw a gun but she had heard that he bought one and was scared that he was going to try to hurt her. After this, the suspect went around the back of her house and tried to open the back door but was unsuccessful. She said the last time she saw him he was walking away from her backyard going northwest and then she heard five gunshots coming from that direction. The officer again patrolled the area but was not able to locate him. Later, the victim called again and said the suspect was parked on the corner of Palo Duro and Badger Lane in a blue Cadillac. The victim described to the officer a home on Palo Duro where he was hiding. At that location the officer found him hiding inside a blue Cadillac parked behind a shed. He was detained and told the officer that he had gone to the victim’s house because she was being held against her will, so he went over there to check on her because he said he heard gunshots. During the interview with the suspect, the officer learned that he was using a fake ID so he could get work in the United States. He was told charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, assault and harassment would be staffed with the District Attorney’s office.

Dec. 15

An officer was contacted at 4:40 p.m. about a suspect who had a Minute Order from District Court and needed to be arrested. The officer went to the suspect’s address on Chaparral and waited for 20 minutes for him to show up. When he arrived he was told there was an arrest order for him. The officer conducted a search and found a used syringe and a used blue tourniquet in his inner jacket pocket. The suspect said he did not know he had them in his pocket. He was handcuffed behind his back and transported to the Sheriff’s office then to the hospital for medical clearance, then booked into SCDC for the Minute order.

Dec. 16

An officer was in the area of State Road 1 at 3:20 p.m. attempting to locate a male subject in reference to a domestic dispute and noted a red four-door Ford driven by a male known to be an absconder from Adult Probation and Parole for failure to comply with conditions of release. The officer turned around and got behind the vehicle to pull the vehicle over. The suspect attempted twice to evade the officer, and eventually drove to a residence where it came to a stop. The officer exited the patrol car and approached the driver with weapon drawn. The driver was physically removed from the vehicle and put in into custody with the force necessary to do so. A check with NCIC confirmed the arrest warrant. The suspect was medically cleared for incarceration.

Dec. 17

A deputy was dispatched at 3:30 p.m. to Olive Lane in reference to a delayed burglary report. The reporting party said that someone tried to break into his house while he was at work. The front door appeared that someone was trying to pry it open. No suspects at this time.

Dec. 26

A deputy was dispatched at 9 a.m. for a delayed larceny report at a residence on Kimble. The victim told the officer that a male was staying at her house on Christmas Eve. When he left the residence she noticed that her DVD player and some food out of her refrigerator were missing. The value of the DVD player was approximately $40 and the estimated total cost of the food $60.