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Shots Fired – 500 block East 11th-09/27/2017

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at about 3:38 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of Wallace for a domestic dispute.  As Officers approached the residence they heard the report of gunfire in close proximity to their position.  Officers spoke to residents in the 500 block of East 6th Street and were directed to a residence on the south side of the roadway.  Witnesses relayed that a female at the residence stepped out of her home and yelled for someone to not “mess” with her.  The female reportedly discharged a firearm and went back into her home.  The suspect was identified as Maria Martinez (60 years of age).

Officers set a perimeter on the suspect’s home and at 4:05 p.m. and began making announcements to contact Martinez via a public address system. On the arrival of the SWAT armored vehicle, the SWAT Negotiator tried to communicate with Maria Martinez, via a public address system and attempted to call and text her, but did not receive any response from her.  An arrest warrant was generated for Maria Martinez and a search warrant was generated for her residence.  Since September 1, 2017, there had been three other shots fired calls in proximity to the 500 block of East 11th Street.

At 7:08 p.m. the search warrant was executed after the negotiator had attempted countless requests for contact via a public address system, 29 phone calls, and 58 text messages.  Maria Martinez did not respond to any attempts to communicate with her.  Windows to the home were “breached”, broken open, and cleared of obstructions.  At about 8:46 p.m., Maria Martinez was located, by Officers, standing in the kitchen of the residence and was taken into custody without further incident.

Maria Martinez was arrested on the charges of negligent use of a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct and was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

ATM Skimming Devices – 09/21/2017

The Clovis Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the suspect(s) involved in placing electronic card reading devices, also known as skimmers, at local ATM machines. These skimming devices are attached to an ATM card slot and read personal card information stored on a victim’s card, to include PIN numbers. Since Friday, September 15th, 2017, three skimming devices have been removed from three local ATM machines.

The Clovis Police Department and the banks involved have obtained footage and still images of the suspect (pictured below) placing the device but have been unable to identify the individual. The footage shows an Hispanic male in his mid 20’s driving a light tan in color 4-door Chevy Malibu, approximately a 2002 model.

The Clovis Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding the suspect(s), or of any other cases of ATM tampering, to contact the Clovis Police Department. We also ask members of the community to be aware and examine an ATM before using it by searching for anything that looks suspicious.

The investigation is being conducted by the Clovis PD Special Operations Unit. For information regarding this event contact Detective Randy Pitcock at 575-763-7491.

(UPDATE) Homicide – 1000 N. MLK – 09/07/2017

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, at about 1:58 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department responded to the Clovis Apartments, 1000 North Martin Luther King Boulevard, for a report of shots fired. The caller reported hearing gun shots behind their apartment complex and further stated they saw a male lying on the ground. Officers arrived on scene, contacting multiple people including the victim, identified as David McDonald (30 years of age). David McDonald was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment. David McDonald did not survive and was pronounce deceased at 3:24 a.m.

The Major Crimes Unit, consisting of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, the Clovis Police Department, and the Portales Police Department, was activated to investigate this incident. Darryl Turner (30 years of age) has been identified as a suspect in the homicide. There is an active arrest warrant for Darryl Turn for an open count of murder.

If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of Darryl Turner, please contact the Clovis Police Department at 575-769-1921, or your local law enforcement agency.

Darryl Turner

Homicide – 1000 N. MLK – 09/05/2017

On September 5, 2017 at about 1:58 a.m. officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 1000 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard (Clovis Apartments) for a call of shots fired. A caller reported hearing shots behind their apartment complex and the caller further described seeing a male lying on the ground. The male was seen lying on the ground near the office area of the apartment complex.

The first officer arrived on scene and came across a black male who had received a bullet wound to the right shoulder area. This male was identified as David McDonald (30) years of age.
Clovis Fire Department EMS also responded to the scene. Once on scene, EMS personnel loaded McDonald into an ambulance and began driving him to Plains Regional Medical Center. At about 2:32 a.m., EMS relayed that McDonald was not responding to life saving measures.

McDonald was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center, where medical staff continued trying to revive McDonald to no avail. McDonald was pronounced deceased at about 3:24 a.m.
The 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit has been activated and is currently conducting an investigation into this Homicide.

Multiple Bomb Threats to Local Businesses – 08/30/2017

On Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, at about 5:08 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 701 North Main Street, The Clovis Carver Public Library, for a report of a subject with a weapon. Witnesses reported a male in front of the Library with a weapon.

Responding Officers arrived and made contact with a male that was reported to have had a gun. Clovis Police Detectives arrived also and spoke with the male who denied having any weapon. A search by Detectives in the area resulted in no gun being located.

The Clovis Police Department K-9 also responded and conducted an area search for the gun with no result.

Shortly after officers cleared from the Library the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center began receiving calls of threats to multiple businesses throughout the city. These calls included bomb threats and each incident was handled with evacuations and security checks of the businesses. These threatening calls interrupted business and caused a premature closure to several local businesses.

The Clovis Police Department is conducting an investigation into the source of these threatening calls. Once suspect(s) are identified Charges will be filed.

If you have any information about the person(s) making these threatening calls you are encouraged to call and report this information to the Clovis Police Department at (575) 769-1921.

The Clovis Police Department would also like to thank the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police and Portales Police Department for the additional assistance provided.

The Point of Contact for inquiry on this event is Lt. Robert Telles. Lt. Telles can be reached at (575) 763-9452 or via email at rtelles@cityofclovis.org.

The citizens of this community are on edge with the recent events, as would be any community. We encourage citizens to report any unusual activity as The Clovis Police Department strives diligently to keep our community safe.

(UPDATE)Mobile Active Shooter – 701 N. Main – 08/29/2017

On Monday, August 28th, 2017, at about 4:13 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 701 North Main Street, The Clovis Carver Public Library, for a mobile active shooter. On arrival, Officers contacted the suspected shooter who immediately surrendered. There have been fatalities at this incident and multiple injuries. The identity of victims in Monday afternoons incident at 701 N Main St. are as follows.

Wanda Walters, age 61 (Deceased) is a City of Clovis employee. Mrs. Walters is a Circulation Assistant at the Clovis Carver Library.

Kristina “Krissie” Carter, age 48 (Deceased) is a City of Clovis employee. Mrs. Carter is a Youth Service Librarian at the Clovis Carver Library.

Jessica Thron, age 30 is a City of Clovis employee. Jessica is a Circulation Assistant at the Clovis Carver Library and is listed in serious condition and expected to recover.

Alexis Molina, age 20 is listed in serious condition and expected to recover.

Noah Molina, age 10 is listed in stable condition and expected to recover.

Howard Jones, age 53 is listed in stable condition and expected to recover.

The four recovering victims are currently being treated at University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock, Texas.

The suspect in custody is identified as Nathaniel Ray Jouett 16 years of age. A petition will be filed on Jouett as a juvenile for the charges of Murder in the first degree (2 counts), assault with intent to commit a violent felony (4 counts) aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (4 counts) and one count of child abuse. A detention hearing will be held within 48 hours of the filing of this petition.

The State will then file a notice to seek adult sanctions and plan on taking this matter before a Grand Jury on September 8th seeking an indictment on the aforementioned charges.

Chief Douglas Ford would like to express his gratitude to the men and women of the Clovis Police Department, Clovis Fire Department and EMS Personnel. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Portales Police Department, Roosevelt County Sherriff’s Office and all other first responders that provided assistance during this incident. The professionalism and courage displayed is beyond words.

Mobile Active Shooter – 701 N. Main – 08/28/2017

On Monday, August 28th, 2017, at about 4:13 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 701 North Main Street, The Clovis Carver Public Library, for a mobile active shooter. On arrival, Officers contacted the suspected shooter who immediately surrendered. There have been fatalities at this incident and multiple injuries. The scene has been secured and the investigation into the incident is at its infancy.

The Major Crimes Unit, consisting of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, the Clovis Police Department, and the Portales Police Department, was activated to investigate this incident. Area law enforcement agencies including the New Mexico State Police, Eastern New Mexico University Police, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are assisting.

The Clovis Police Department will disseminate more information in the near future.

The Point of Contact for inquiry on this event is Lt. Robert Telles. Lt. Telles can be reached at (575) 763-9452 or via email at rtelles@cityofclovis.org.

DWI Enforcement for August 2017

August 2017 Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting Enforcement Patrol Hours within the City of Clovis. The Clovis Police Department will conduct DWI Enforcement Checkpoints within the City of Clovis on August 11th, 19th, and 26th.

Operation Buckle Down is also funded by Grants provided by the State of New Mexico and are also in effect. The Clovis Police Department would like to remind everyone to wear their seatbelts while travelling in a vehicle.

Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and drug impaired drivers. We ask that people please remember that it is also illegal to drive under the influence prescription drugs that may impair their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The ODWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you that Law Enforcement Officers throughout New Mexico will be out in force to make sure that drunk drivers don’t cause tragedy on the roads this year. Remember, Sobriety Checkpoints are everywhere and if you “Drink and Drive, You Lose!”

Agg. Burglary – 2500 blk N. Ross – 07/21/2017

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at approximately 9:38 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 2500 block of North Ross Street for a burglary. The caller relayed to Clovis Police Department Dispatch that there were people in her house and that her husband had fired a “shot”. The caller stated she was in their vehicle with her children and her husband was in the home.

Officers of the Clovis Police Department responded to the scene, where contact was made with the homeowner and a 24-year-oldmale identified as Rodrick Cordova, who had a bullet wound. On the arrival of additional Officers, Cordova’s wound was treated as other Officers maintained security. It was determined that Cordova had not been the only unauthorized person in the home. Cordova was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center and subsequently flown to a Lubbock, Texas area hospital. Cordova is listed in critical condition.

Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit Detectives were activated to assist in the investigation. During the scene investigation, investigators noted that a large duffle bag containing a rifle and ammunition, jewelry and other valuable items from the home had been staged for removal from the home by the suspects. An additional firearm was found outside of the home.

Through a coordinated effort with the Patrol Division and other persons, the second suspect in the aggravated burglary has been identified as Skylar Romero (21 years of age).

An arrest warrant has been issued for Skylar Romero for Aggravated Burglary, Larceny of a Firearm and Tampering with Evidence. An arrest warrant has also been issued for Rodrick Cordova for Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Assault, and Larceny of a Firearm.

 

Shooting at/from MV – 4000 N. Prince – 07/18/2017

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, at approximately 11:59 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 4000 North Prince Street, Denny’s diner, in reference to shots fired. On arrival, Officers made contact with a 41 year old female who stated her 19 year old son had driven a truck to Denny’s at about 11:00 p.m. to pick her up from work. She stated her son had gone outside and she heard several loud bangs. She exited the business, went outside, and noticed her 2008 Dodge truck had been shot several times. The vehicle had sustained five bullet holes, and five bullet casings were recovered from the parking lot.
A Detective of the Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit was dispatched to investigate this incident. The 19 year old male was transported to the Clovis Police Department for interview. During the course of the interview Jonathan Romero (22 years of age) was identified as the suspect in the shooting. The victim described Jonathan Romero leaning out of a white in color sport utility vehicle, firing the weapon over the vehicle.
Officers located the suspect vehicle in the 2100 block of East Grand Avenue at an apartment complex. The vehicle was secured for a search warrant and the owner, a female family member of Jonathan Romero, was interviewed stating she had driven Jonathan Romero to Denny’s diner where he spoke with someone and as they were driving away, he sat out of the passenger window of her car, firing a weapon several times. She also relayed that her children, ages 6 and 4, were in the car when Jonathan Romero fired the weapon.
An arrest warrant was generated for Jonathan Romero for Abuse of a Child (3rd degree felony), Shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle (3rd degree felony), and Aggravated Assault (4th degree felony).
On Monday, July 18, 2017, at approximately 2:17 a.m., Officers patrolling the area of 7th Street and Jones observed a person who they believed to be Jonathan Romero. Officers checked out with the person, who identified himself as Jonathan Romero. Arrest warrants were confirmed for Romero, who was told he was under arrest. Jonathan Romero ran from officers and after a short foot chase was captured.
Jonathan Romero was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Jonathan Romero’s outstanding arrest warrants were served.