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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.

Homicide (Updated) – 1000 blk. Martin Luther King – 04/20/2017

On April 20, 2017, at about 4:15 a.m., Clovis Police Department Dispatch received a telephone call from a subject who stated a person had been “shot” in the “back” at an apartment in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officers responded to the apartment where they found a 43 year old Hispanic male, lying on the floor unresponsive. Officers and ambulance crew of the Clovis Police Department began lifesaving measures but were unsuccessful, and the 43 year old male succumbed to his injury. This male subject has been identified as David Lopez (43 years of age) of Clovis, New Mexico.

During the initial call to the apartment complex, Officers responding to the scene located a vehicle near the intersections of Aspen Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. The vehicle had run off the road and had impacted a block fence. Officers contacted the driver, a Hispanic male about 30 years of age, who had no signs of life. This male subject has been identified as Carlos Gallegos (25 years of age) formerly of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Major Crimes Unit, consisting of members from the 9th Judicial District District Attorney’s Office, the Clovis Police Department, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, and the Portales Police Department began investigating the two suspected homicides. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the two crime scenes were connected, and the deaths were related.
David Lopez and Carlos Gallegos have been transferred to the Office of the Medical Investigator for autopsy.

The Clovis Police Department is continuing the investigation into these homicides. Additional updates will be provided about the case in the near future.

Aggravated Battery – 300 Blk. Thornton – 04/12/2017

On April 12, 2017, at about 11:25 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department responded to the 300 block of Thornton Street in response to a call of shots fired. The reporting caller told Clovis Police Department Dispatch they heard what sounded like one gun shot. Officers arrived in the area but didn’t locate any victims or overt damage.

At about 11:51 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to Plains Regional Medical Center for an injured subject. On arrival, Officers made contact with a 20 year old male subject who had received a gunshot wound to his right thigh. A Detective of the Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit was dispatched to the hospital to continue the investigation. The Detective contacted the wounded subject who would not answer any questions posed by the Detective.

Officers and Investigators cleared from the hospital and conducted a canvas of the area surrounding the original shots fired call. No information was developed as a result of the canvas.

The 20 year old male was subsequently transported to a Lubbock, Texas hospital for follow on care.

If anyone has information relevant to this investigation, please call the Clovis Police Department (575-769-1921) and ask for a Detective. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Curry County Crime Stoppers (575-763-7000), or utilize TipSoft.

Wanted Suspects Captured in Ruidoso, NM – 04/12/2017

On April 10, 2017, two subjects, Kim Moore (35 years of age), and Dominic Carver (25 years of age) who were wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants, were taken into custody in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

On 040817, the Clovis Police Department relayed information to the Ruidoso Police Department in reference to Kim Moore and Dominic Carver. The Ruidoso Police Department located one of the vehicles known to be used by Kim Moore. The driver of the vehicle fled from Officers, abandoning the vehicle. On 041017, Officers of the Ruidoso Police Department responded to a cabin in reference to a domestic violence call. Suspects at this call barricaded themselves inside of the cabin, but were ultimately located by Officers. Kim Moore and Dominic Carver were identified as the suspects of the domestic violence call. Both subjects were arrested for their outstanding arrest warrants and other additional criminal charges.

The search for Kim Moore has been ongoing since December 2016, after Kim Moore was placed on furlough following a guilty verdict in a Curry County District Court. Moore failed to report to custody on December 19, 2016, and had been evading capture since.

Investigators of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the Ninth Judicial District, District Attorney’s Office Investigators, and the Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit had been working together for the last four months, following leads and executing search warrants on businesses and persons who may have assisted Kim Moore. As information was developed and it was realized that Kim Moore and Dominic Carver may be together outside of Curry County, these agencies enlisted help from the Albuquerque Police Department and ultimately the Ruidoso Police Department. Without this interagency cooperation and sharing of information, both Moore and Carver would have evaded capture for a much longer time. Our appreciation goes out to all agencies involved in this capture, and all of the information forwarded by the citizens of Curry County and Clovis, New Mexico.

Kim Moore and Dominic Carver are awaiting extradition from Lincoln County, New Mexico.

Robbery – 420 W. 21st – 03/29/2017

On 03/28/17, at about 9:55 pm, Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 420 West 21st Street, to the Family Dollar store in reference to a report of a robbery. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with persons in the store who advised the suspect had fled.

A Detective from the Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit was activated and dispatched for an investigation into the robbery. During interviews of the victims, Officers were given a description of the suspect. According to a victim, a black male subject who was wearing a black bandanna covering the majority of his face, entered the store and walked directly to the cash register. The victim recounted how the suspect pulled a handgun from his clothing and pointed the handgun at an employee demanding money. Employees removed money from the register and gave it to the suspect. While the suspect was distracted, employees ran to the rear of the store and called the Police. By the time Police arrived, the suspect had fled.

The suspect is described as a black male, who is about 5’08” tall, with a slim build. The subject was armed with a handgun. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black shoes, and wore a black bandanna covering his face below his eyes.

The Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit is investigating this case and asks anyone having any information to contact the Police Department (575-769-1911) and ask for a Detective. If you wish to remain anonymous, please provide the information via TipSoft. Text users can text “TIPCPD plus their crime tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). Citizens can submit anonymous tips using their PC or mobile phone by going to ww.tipsubmit.com, or call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

Assault w/ Intent to Commit a Violent Felony – 100 blk S. Prince – 02/27/2017

On 022717, at about 11:26 a.m., Clovis Police Department Dispatch received a call from a subject who stated a Jared McDaniel (20 years of age) was shooting at her. There were two vehicles involved in the incident, a black Dodge truck, later identified to be McDaniel’s vehicle, and a gray truck which was being driven by the victims. Officers responded to the area of Grand Avenue and Prince Street, where they were waved down by the occupants of the gray truck. The suspect’s and victim’s vehicles were parked alongside a business in that area.

Officers made contact with a male and female victim who reported the incident along with the suspect, Jared McDaniel. Officers contacted McDaniel, detained him and advised him of his Miranda rights. The victims recounted how they were chased in their vehicle by McDaniel who was driving a black Dodge truck. Witnesses in the area contacted Officers and recounted how a black truck, McDaniel’s, had rammed the back of a gray truck, the victims, on the overpass in the 100 block of South Prince Street. The witness also stated the male in the black truck (McDaniel) had shot a pistol at the gray truck. All subjects were transported to the Clovis Police Department for interview.

Detectives made contact with the victims and McDaniel. During interview with a Detective, McDaniel relayed he did possess a 9mm handgun in his truck and had discharged his firearm to get the attention of the persons in the gray truck, but would not admit to shooting at the gray truck. McDaniel and one of the victims recounted that they were involved in an ongoing personal relationship until recently.

A search warrant was generated and executed on McDaniel’s truck. A 9mm handgun was recovered pursuant to this search. Jared McDaniel was arrested for Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony (3rd degree felony), Assault Against a Household Member with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony (3rd degree felony), Aggravated Assault (4th degree felony), Aggravated Assault on a Household Member (4th degree felony), Shooting At or From a Motor Vehicle (4th degree felony), and Negligent Use of a Firearm (misdemeanor). Jared McDaniel was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center without incident and is being held on a $35,500.00 cash only bond.