On Wednesday, May 9, at about 1200 hours, Officers of the Clovis Police Department responded to 5100 North Thornton Street, Gattis Middle School, in reference to threats. On arrival Officers contacted school personnel who relayed information about a Carlos Anchondo (33 years of age), threatening to shoot up the school. The statement was heard by school employees and relayed to office personnel. Anchondo was angry that he had not been given information he demanded about his child’s attendance. Anchondo was not listed as the primary custodian of the child.
As a result of the threats, Gattis Middle School was placed on a level 1 lockdown. Officers were stationed at Gattis Middle School in the event Anchondo returned. As the investigation continued, Officers were dispatched to and stationed at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy, 1400 Cameo Street, because another of Anchondo’s children attended that school.
Additional Officers were detailed to locate Anchondo. At about 1300 hours, Anchondo was located and detained in the 700 block of Mitchell Street by Officers of the Clovis Police Department and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. The schools were taken off of lockdown shortly after it was verified Anchondo was detained.
Carlos Anchondo was arrested for interference with members of staff; interference with the educational process.
Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrols within the City of Clovis throughout the month of May.
On May 12th and 25th Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints within the city of Clovis. 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 and controlled substances that may impair their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The ENDWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.
Clovis Police Officers will also be conducting Seat Belt enforcement operations. The BKLUP Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.
Law Enforcement Officers throughout New Mexico will be out in force to make sure that impaired drivers don’t cause tragedy on the roads this year. “HELP ENDWI.”
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, at about 8:26 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Clovis Fire Department Emergency Medical Services responded to the 100 block of West Tierra Blanca Road in reference to a suicidal subject. The caller reported that her husband, a 33 year old male, had locked himself in the home and was possibly suicidal.
On arrival to the scene, Officers noted the male, who was screaming, had barricaded himself in the home. As Officers approached the home they smelled the scent of natural gas emanating from the home. Clovis Fire Department personnel were able to shut off the gas to the residence.
Because of the escalating level of danger to the community, the Clovis Police Department Special Response Team, which is comprised of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Crisis Negotiations Unit, were activated. SWAT Team members and the Negotiator tried to convince the subject to surrender. The subject, who had armed himself with various knives, would communicate intermittently, but would not comply.
After continued communication, the subject exited the home and surrendered at about 11:25 p.m. As he was being escorted to an awaiting ambulance, the subject began struggling with SWAT Team members and injured an Officer. The Officer’s injuries were not life threatening. Once the subject was under control he was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment.
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, at about 1800 hours, the Clovis Police Department received a complaint of a person posting flyers at Hillcrest Park. Shortly after this, another complaint of a person posting flyers in the area of 21st and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
In its opening line, the flyer states “Breaking news… We are under a threat!” This statement caused concern and subsequent reporting of the flyers to law enforcement. Within the body of the flyer are statements about how mass shootings are happening more often and that the writer wants to make this a topic of discussion.
The Clovis Police Department is forwarding this information to notify the community about the flyers and that there has not been any reported event.
On Monday, April 23, 2018 at approximately 12:55 PM Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Clovis Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to 2100 East Mabry Drive for a traffic accident involving a semi-truck and van. Upon their arrival, emergency personnel found the van off the roadway in the ditch, next to the Pilot truck stop. The semi-truck tractor was partially off the roadway and was jack-knifed with the front end having extensive damage. The van was in the bar ditch with heavy damage to the passenger side of the vehicle and side curtain air bags were deployed. The travel trailer being pulled by the van was over- turned on its side in the west bound lanes of traffic on East Mabry Drive, with debris from the trailer on both sides of the roadway.
Mabry Drive was shut down between Humphrey Road and Sugar Beet Road, due to the amount of debris on the roadway. Clovis Emergency Services Personnel requested air ambulances to be launched for both passengers of the van. The male driver of the van
was identified as Jeffrey Jones, 64 years of age, from Diamond Springs, California. The female passenger was identified as Barbara Jones, 61 years of age, also from Diamond Springs, California. A landing zone was set up in front of the Pilot travel center, with
Aero-Care landing on scene to transport Mr. Jones to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas for further advanced medical treatment. Mrs. Jones was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center-Clovis and was then taken by CareFlight to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. The driver of the semi-truck was identified as Randy Strickler, 64 years of age. Mr. Strickler was not injured and was checked by emergency responders.
Initial information from witnesses given to investigators indicates the semi-truck was west bound on Mabry Drive approaching the Pilot truck center. There was another semi-truck coming out of the Pilot truck stop, turning to go eastbound. The Nissan van, driven by Mr. Jones, was headed eastbound and was going to turn into the Pilot truck stop. The semi-truck turning east had gotten onto the highway; the van was coming across the westbound lanes and did not see the semi-truck which was traveling westbound. The semi-truck struck the van on the passenger side, sending it into the ditch. The van sustained heavy damage to the passenger side, with the semi-truck having front end damage and a hydraulic tank being ripped open due to the collision. New Mexico State Police was contacted to have a Commercial Motor Vehicle inspector respond, along with an Emergency Response Hazardous Materials Officer,
due to the amount of fuel on the roadway.
US 60/84 was closed in both directions between Sugar Beet and Humphrey Road for approximately 3 hours, while the Clovis Police Department Major Crash Team conducted their investigation and the roadway was cleared of debris from the accident. City of Clovis Road Department and New Mexico Highway Department personnel
assisted with cleaning up the debris and fuel from the accident.
Information obtained from University Medical Center this morning listed Mr. Jones in serious condition and Mrs. Jones in stable/satisfactory condition.
The investigation into this accident continues and no further information is available at this time.
On Thursday, April 5, 2018, at about 11:21 p.m., Clovis Police Department Dispatch received a telephone call in reference to threats against Clovis High School. Officers responded to the complainant’s home where they were presented with a screen shot of a Snapchat social media posting. Within the posting was a photo of a person holding a rifle, and captions stating “F*** CHS I’m going out with a bang” and “don’t go to school tmrw”. Shortly after this, the department received additional calls in reference to this posting.
A Detective was activated and responded to the Police Department to investigate the incident.
The person in the photo was identified as a juvenile, a 17 year old male. Officers responded to the suspects address assisted by Deputies of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Officers and Deputies responded to the juvenile’s home where they contacted him. After receiving a waiver of his rights pursuant to the Children’s Code, the juvenile was interviewed by a Detective. During the interview, the juvenile confirmed the picture was of him, but relayed that he did not post the captions to the post. As the interview continued, the juvenile ultimately stated he did create a portion of one of the captions, “F*** CHS.”
An arrest warrant was generated for the juvenile for the delinquent act of Aggravated Assault on a School Employee. He was taken into custody without incident. The initial portion of the investigation progressed efficiently with the cooperation of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the Clovis Municipal Schools. An increased law enforcement presence may be seen at our local municipal schools.
The Clovis Police Department is continuing the investigation into this incident.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on March 22, 2018, a jury found that a 12 year old child had committed Aggravated Assault upon a School Employee and Unlawful Carrying of a Deadly Weapon on School Premises.
On February 8, 2018, the child entered Marshall Middle School with a loaded Airsoft pistol. Several students reported to Principal Todd Morris that the child was carrying a weapon, and school officials immediately acted to apprehend the child and to secure the weapon. After removing the child from the halls and getting him into Principal Morris’ office, the child made several threats, including “how would you like to be shot by a twelve year-old?”
School officials contacted Clovis Police Department, who quickly responded to the scene. Officers then confiscated and disarmed the pistol and arrested the child. Even after being arrested, the child continued to make threats and remarks about “shooting-up” the school.
The Honorable Fred Van Soelen presided over the trial and, noting that it would be an understatement to call the child’s behavior “disturbing,” ordered the child to undergo a fifteen day evaluation at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. The Court will hold a disposition hearing at a later date.
The case was prosecuted by Lara Maierhofer, Assistant District Attorney. The child was represented by Assistant Public Defender, Jeremiah Hall.
Ms. Maierhofer stated, “This is a very personal victory for the people of Clovis. Not only did our community hold this child accountable for his actions, but Marshall Middle School personnel and Principal Todd Morris acted swiftly and diligently to protect their students from harm.”
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at about 6:21 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Clovis Fire Department Emergency Medical Services responded to the 600 block of Thornton Street in reference to a 12 year old male who had hung himself. On arrival, EMS immediately transported the child to Plains Regional Medical Center. PRMC staff was unable to resuscitate the child and was pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m.
Detectives of the Special Operations Unit of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to investigate this tragic loss of life. During the investigation, it was realized that the child took his own life, and no criminal actions led to this event.
On March 22, 2018, the Clovis Police Department received queries about the child’s death being attributed to bullying and we noted that local social media quickly took this as the reasoning for his passing. The loss of a child for any reason affects most everyone. Speculating and jumping to a conclusion without facts can cause undue hysteria within that same community. This heartbreaking incident was not the result of bullying.
The Clovis Police Department asks that the public allow the child’s family privacy so they may grieve and come to terms with this painful event. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family.
On Thursday, February 1, 2018, at about 2:46 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department responded to the Curry County Adult Detention Center in reference to an inmate armed with a firearm and a possible hostage situation. Clovis Police Officers and Officers of the New Mexico State Police arrived on scene to support the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect was identified as Wesley Flores (28 years of age) who had been taken into custody for a failure to appear Bench Warrant out of District Court, following a call for service involving him. During processing at the Curry County Detention Center, Flores produced a firearm but was confined to a small processing area. Clovis Police Department SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene to assist the Curry County Sheriff’s Office during this incident.
After approximately four hours of continual negotiations, Flores refused to cooperate or surrender himself. As other tactics were employed, Flores discharged the pistol into his lower right jaw. Flores was extracted from the room and was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center with life- threatening injuries from the self inflicted wound. Flores has subsequently been transported to a Lubbock, Texas area hospital for treatment.
On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at about 8:47 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to 720 East 1st Street, Allsup’s Convenience Store, in reference to a robbery. On arrival, Officers made contact with an employee who stated a light complected male, whose face was covered, had robbed the store while armed with a knife. According to the employee, the suspect left the store and was last seen walking west. Officers searched the area but did not locate the suspect.
The Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit responded to the scene and this incident is under investigation. A small amount of money was stolen during the course of the robbery. Because of the prolific use of credit and debit cards, convenience stores typically have less than seventy dollars in the register.
The robbery suspect is described as being a light skinned male, who was dressed in a black or dark blue jacket, and blue jeans. The suspect had covered his face with what appeared to be a white in color shirt, and was armed with a knife.
The Clovis Police Department is looking for assistance in identifying this suspect. Anyone having any information about this case is asked to contact the police department by dialing 911 and ask for a Detective. Citizens may use TipSoft to provide this information and remain anonymous. Text users can send their tip to: “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword TIPCPD. In other words, citizens can text “TIPCPD plus their crime tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). Citizens can submit anonymous tips using their PC or mobile phone by going to www.tipsubmit.com
, or call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000