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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.

Near Drowning – Hillcrest Park – 07/04/2017

On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at approximately 2:04 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Emergency Medical Services of the Clovis Fire Department were dispatched to 1201 North Sycamore Street, Hillcrest Park, in reference to a near-drowning victim. On arrival, they attempted to recover a 12 year old male who was submerged under the water, in a pond at the park. Clovis Police Officers and Clovis Fire Department personnel jumped into the water and were able to recover the 12 year old male. The child was relayed to Clovis Fire Department ambulance for transport to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The child was stabilized and has subsequently been transported via Aerocare helicopter to a Lubbock, Texas pediatric intensive care unit. He is listed in critical condition.

Agg. Battery – 3100 blk Gidding – 06/22/2017

On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at approximately 7:57 p.m., officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 3100 block of Gidding Street for a possible motor vehicle crash. The caller relayed to Dispatch that there was a male who was bleeding in the front yard of a house and there were other males trying to fight.
On arrival, Officers noted a person later identified as Paul Apodaca Sr. (42 years old) lying on the ground, bleeding from his head. Another male, later identified as Paul Apodaca Sr.’s child, a 16 year old juvenile, was seen limping around the area, appearing to have an injured right leg. The 16 year old juvenile was arguing on scene with another person identified as Isaac Sena (20 years of age). Sena and the 16 year old juvenile were separated by arriving Officers.
Clovis Fire Department ambulance transported Apodaca Sr., the 16 year old juvenile, and Sena to Plains Regional Medical Center.
The Clovis Police Department Crash Team was activated to conduct the crime scene investigation because of the involvement of a vehicle. Detectives of the Special Operations Unit were dispatched to investigate the incident.
Officers contacted a witness who relayed they had seen a silver in color Nissan Altima, occupied by three subjects (Paul Apodaca Sr., a 16 year old juvenile, and a 14 year old juvenile) and a silver in color Ford Fusion occupied by one subject (Isaac Sena) stop at a parking lot near Llano Estacado and Wallace Streets. The occupants of the Nissan exited their car and began battering the occupant of the Ford Fusion. The witness said that he honked his car horn and watched the as the occupants of the Nissan returned to their car and drove off. Isaac Sena got back into his vehicle, the Ford, and followed the Nissan to a residence in the 3100 block of Gidding Street. The witness reportedly followed the two vehicles to the 3100 block of Gidding Street where he said he could see two people, Paul Apodaca Jr. and the 16 year old juvenile, underneath the Ford Fusion, Isaac Sena’s vehicle.
Paul Apodaca Sr. was subsequently transported to a Lubbock, Texas area hospital because of the extent of his injuries, and is listed in critical condition. The 16 year old juvenile and Isaac Sena were treated at Plains Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
The Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit is investigating this incident. Updates will be forwarded when they become available.

Shooting – 500 blk Sheldon – 06/16/2017

Clovis –June 16, 2017–On Friday, June 16, 2017 at approximately 1:07 PM; Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 508 Sheldon, for a gunshot victim. Upon arrival Officers encountered a female subject, later identified as Charity Helker (32 years of age), sitting on the curb in the front of the residence.
Ms. Helker was able to tell Officers she had gotten into an argument and altercation with her boyfriend, identified as Joshua C. Martinez (32 years of age). Ms. Helker told Officers she was struck by Martinez in the face and then he produced a black handgun. She stated to Officers she was trying to fend Martinez off when the gun went off striking her in the arm/wrist area. She then told Officers the gun was fired a second time and she was hit in the head.
Clovis Fire/EMS personnel transported Ms. Helker to Plains Regional Medical Center-Clovis for treatment. She has been taken to surgery for the gunshot wound to her head to remove the bullet from under her scalp.
Clovis Police Officers set a perimeter of the immediate area and a K-9 unit was called to the scene to try and locate Martinez. Officers were in the area trying to locate him and he was encountered in the 1000 block of Ross and taken into custody without further incident. Martinez already had arrest warrants from a previous incident on May 12, 2017 for: Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Assault Against a Household Member, Aggravated Assault Against a Household Member, Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member, Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Firearm or Destructive Device by a Felon and Burglary of a Vehicle. Martinez was booked into the Curry County Detention Center on this warrant and his bond is $50,000 cash only.
The investigation is being conducted by Clovis Police Department Special Operations unit.
The investigation is continuing at this time and updates will be released when information becomes available.

Armed Robbery – 3200 blk. N. Prince – 06/12/2017

On Monday June 12th, 2017 approx. 8:02 PM Clovis Police Dispatch received a call from a female who stated a white male wearing a blue hoodie, dark clothing, and light blue bandanna walked in to the store and held a small handgun while ordering the cash from the register. The suspect had the female clerk go to a back room and lay facing down. The suspect then left the store in an unknown direction. Suspect took approx. $500 in cash.

Clovis Police searched the area but was unable to locate at the time. The Detective division processed the scene for any evidentiary value.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Clovis Police Department. 575-763-9427. Further information will be released as this incident progresses.

2016 Annual Report Released – 06/05/2017

Message from Clovis Police Chief Douglas R. Ford:

The Clovis Police Department had a very busy year for 2016. We at the Clovis Police Department continue to live up to the demands of the community and strive to, “Serve With Honor”, for our citizens and our profession.

I want to thank our officers, supervisors, commanders and civilian staff for doing such a great job and taking care of this great community. The police department has a dedicated staff of professional individuals who want to make this community a great place to live, work and raise families.

We appreciate the members of our community who support us and work with us to make sure everyone in this great city enjoys their daily activities. It is truly a partnership between the citizens, and the police department, to make our community a safe place. We look forward to a continued working relationship with everyone in this area and working together for a safer Clovis.

Click here to view the 2016 Annual Report.

Poss. of Stolen Vehicle – 200 blk. N. Prince St. – 05/12/2017

On May 12, 2017, at about 3:17 a.m., while patrolling the area of Grand Avenue and Prince Streets, an Officer of the Clovis Police Department observed a blue in color vehicle whose tail lights weren’t functioning. The Officer attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the vehicle evaded the Officer and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The suspect vehicle fled south on Prince Street, crossed Brady Street, and drove through an alley onto Lockwood Drive. The vehicle was abandoned while it was still in motion, rolling into and striking a metal pole in the 1700 block of South Prince Street. Officers set a perimeter and conducted a registration check of the vehicle, learning it had been reported stolen on May 11, 2017 from the 1300 block of South Oak Street.

Officers, including the Clovis Police Department K9 handler and his Police Service Dog (PSD) Leo, responded to the area. Based on the event, after giving announcements over a vehicle public address system, the K9 Team was deployed with a cover Officer in effort to track the people who ran from the stolen car. PSD Leo followed a scent to a residence in the 100 block of Lockwood Drive. The K9 Team located Alberto Hernandez (26 years of age) hiding in a pile of tumbleweeds along the side of the residence. PSD Leo was utilized to extract Alberto Hernandez who was then taken into custody. Alberto Hernandez was taken to a Clovis Fire Department ambulance to be treated for his injuries.

Officers and the K9 Team continued their track locating Patrick Terrazas (20 years of age) in the back yard of another residence next to a shed, in the 100 block of Lockwood Drive. Officers gave Patrick Terrazas verbal commands to get on the ground and he immediately complied. Terrazas was handcuffed and taken into custody without incident. Officers located a 9mm pistol underneath the shed next to where Terrazas was arrested.

Alberto Hernandez was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. Alberto Hernandez was subsequently transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center and was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle (4th degree felony), Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer (4th degree felony) and Resisting Evading or Obstructing an Officer (misdemeanor).

Child Dies in House Fire – 1900 blk. E. 6th – 04/25/2017

On April 25th, 2017 around 4:12 AM Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Fire personnel with Clovis Fire Department responded to the 1900 block of east 6th for reports of a home on fire. Clovis dispatch received calls stating a trailer house was on fire and children were still inside.

Once on scene, the mother told Officers only a small child was inside. It was later discovered a 2 year old girl had perished in the fire. The mother also received burns to her arms and was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center.

The investigation is ongoing and are currently waiting on State Fire Marshall to arrive on scene. More information will be given as it develops.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact either the Clovis Police Department or Clovis Fire Department.