All posts by Lyndell Stansell

Fatal Vehicle Crash – 2100 Blk N. Thornton – 11/24/2016

On November 24th 2016 at approximately 8:32 am, Officers with the Clovis Police were dispatched to the 2100 Block of North Thornton for a single vehicle crash.

When Officers arrived they discovered Edward Altieri (Albuquerque) (25) had passed away due to injuries sustained in the crash. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

The vehicle was travelling north on Thornton, crossed the intersection of 21st at a high rate of speed, and lost control. The vehicle struck a utility pole and came to rest in the drainage ditch north of the intersection.

Clovis Police Departments Major Crash Team was activated and responded to the scene. Crash investigation is on-going, details of the crash will be released at a later date.

Vehicle/Home Burglaries During Holiday Season – 11/21/2016

Every Holiday Season there are several reported vehicle and home burglaries in which the victim’s property was targeted as a crime of opportunity. Doors to vehicles and homes had been left unlocked by the victims and the burglars were looking for such unsecured property as an easy opportunity to steal.

The other issue is that of securing high value items such as purses, wallets, firearms and gifts that are left in personal vehicles while people are out shopping at the local mall and merchant stores during the Christmas Holiday Season. Please remember to secure these items and not leave them in your car overnight or when going shopping, as these items are the target of opportunity for these thieves. Secure gift purchases in the trunk or covered area in your vehicle out of sight of prying eyes. Make trips home to secure high value gifts. Please remember to “LOCK IT, HIDE IT, OR LOSE IT!”

Always be alert to your surroundings while shopping and going in and out of parking lots at retailer’s stores. Would be burglars and thieves are looking for you; you should be on the lookout for them! The Clovis Police Department would like to remind people to please report suspicious activity that you see in the community and in your neighborhood this Holiday Season. Don’t deny the problem!

Contact the Clovis Police Department at (575) 769-1921 or in case of an emergency dial 911.

Aggravated Battery – 400 blk East 2nd – 10/24/2016

On October 24, 2016, at about 12:58 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 400 block of East 2nd Street in reference to an injured subject.  Once on scene, Officers made contact with a 25 year old male who had sustained a bullet wound to his upper left thigh.  The victim was stabilized and was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment.  At PRMC, the victim was interviewed by a Detective but refused to assist law enforcement in identifying his assailant.
Detectives of the Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit were activated and the investigation into this event continues.
Anyone having any information about this case is asked to contact the Clovis Police Department.

Homicide – 1800 block E. Howard – 10/18/2016

On 101816, at about 12:08 a.m., Clovis Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a male subject requesting an ambulance to the 2800 block of South Tennessee (the address was subsequently identified as the 1800 block of East Howard Street) because someone had been hurt and that there was a “man down” named Jimmy Stotts (61 years of age). The male caller, his voice quivering, said he had heard  screaming, and was told to call an ambulance. In the background of the call, a female voice is heard crying and stating “he’s not breathing”.
On arrival, Deputies made contact with Wilma Stotts (69 years of age) near the front door of 1801 East Howard Street.  According to Deputies, Wilma stated “he stabbed him”. Contact was also made with another person on scene who told Deputies that “he” was hurt “real bad”. Deputies asked Wilma where “he” was and were told  behind the front door. When asked who did this, Wilma Stotts stated her son, Ricky Goodman (42 years of age), had done this. Deputies went to the front door of the trailer and tried to get inside but the door was blocked. Deputies and Officers of the Clovis Police Department pushed open the front door, immediately noticing a black male subject lying on the floor. The male subject, later  identified as Jimmy Stotts, did not appear to be breathing and there was a pool of blood around his head. Deputies and Officers entered the home conducting a security sweep of the residence. No other persons were found in the home.
Shortly after this, an ambulance arrived on scene.  Just after their arrival, Clovis Fire Department ambulance crew discontinued
life saving measures. Following this, Detectives from the Clovis Police Department were contacted and the Major Crimes Unit
(MCU) was activated.
At about 1:40 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Deputies of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office located Ricky Goodman (42 years of age) at a residence in the County, south of the crime scene. He was transported to the Clovis Police Department for interview.
At the Clovis Police Department, Ricky Goodman was interviewed by members of the MCU after advising him of his rights.  During the interview, Ricky Goodman recounted an argument that turned physical between himself and Jimmy Stotts. The argument eventually became a physical fight, Ricky Goodman stating he was getting beaten by Jimmy Stotts and during this, Goodman “started hitting him” (Jimmy Stotts) with his knife.
An arrest warrant for an open count of Murder was generated for Ricky Goodman. Goodman was transported to the Curry County Detention Center and is being held on $250,000.00 bond.

Vehicle Crash Involving Ambulance – 7th/Main – 09/06/2016

On September 06, 2016 at approx. 9:21 Am calls were received by the Clovis Dispatch Center advising that a motor vehicle crash had occurred on 7th and Main and that a Clovis Fire Department Ambulance was involved.  Members of the Clovis Fire Department and Police Department arrived and discovered a two vehicle crash happened just south of the Clovis Carver Library on 7th.

An Ambulance was travelling west on 7th when it was struck by a pickup truck traveling East.  Three patients were transported from the scene by Clovis Fire Department Ambulances to PRMC-Clovis.  An additional patient was airlifted from the scene by AeroCare to a Lubbock hospital.

Patient conditions at this time are unavailable. At this time the crash is under investigation by Clovis Police Department Major Crash Team.  Any further details will be made available at a later time

Suspect Arrested in Connection with Shooting of Clovis Police Officer

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at about 5:10 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 900 block of Mitchell Street, Lindsey Law Office, in reference to Anthony Baca (34 years of age).  Anthony Baca was wanted on an outstanding felony arrest warrant of Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony on a Peace Officer, for an incident that occurred in Clovis on August 29, 2016. Officers arrived on scene, made contact with Baca and took him into custody without incident.
The peaceful end to this search was only possible because of a coordinated effort involving multiple members of the community, the Baca family, the Lindsey Law Office, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the New Mexico State Police, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Portales Police Department, and the Clovis Police Department.
Anthony Baca was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Arrest warrants for Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony on a Peace Officer ($75,000.00 cash), Failure to Appear ($40,000.00 cash), District Court Violation of
Conditions of Release (Hold Without Bond), and District Court Failure to Appear for Pre-Trial ($5,000.00 cash) were served on
him.

Clovis Police Officer Shot – 900 blk. Wallace – 08/30/2016

On Monday, August 29, 2016, at about 11:37 p.m., Officer Caron of the Clovis Police Department was patrolling the area of the 900 block of Wallace Street in Clovis, New Mexico, when he conducted a traffic stop of a bicycle for a minor traffic offense.
Officer Caron made contact with the rider of the bicycle who was identified as Anthony Baca (34 years of age). A warrant check was run on Baca and Clovis Police Department Dispatched relayed Baca had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for failure to appear in court for his person. Officer Caron told Baca he was under arrest and as he attempted to handcuff Baca, Baca resisted Officer Caron’s attempt to arrest him and fled on foot. Officer Caron gave chase and informed dispatch he was in a foot pursuit. During the chase, Baca attempted to scale a fence. Officer Caron ordered Baca to stop and deployed his Taser ECD in effort to gain control of Baca. Baca was not incapacitated by the Taser. Officer Caron stated Baca raised his right arm, he heard a loud bang, saw the muzzle flash from a firearm and immediately felt a burning sensation in his left thigh. Officer Caron went to the ground and was able to draw his pistol, but by this time Baca had fled the scene. Officer Caron radioed
dispatch relaying a “shots fired” call.
Additional Officers from the Clovis Police Department arrived on scene. Officer Caron was given first aid and was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center by Clovis Fire Department  ambulance. Officer Caron was treated for his wound and was
subsequently released from the hospital. A perimeter was set in the area of the shooting. Officers of the Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police searched for Baca but were unable to locate him.
An arrest warrant has been generated for Anthony Baca for; Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony Upon a Peace Officer (2nd degree felony), Aggravated Battery on a Peace Officer (3rd degree felony), and Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing a Police Officer (misdemeanor). The bond for the warrant is set at $75,000.00 cash only. The Clovis Police Department is asking for the community’s help in finding this violent suspect. If you have any information as to Anthony Baca’s whereabouts, please contact law enforcement, 911, Crime Stoppers or TipSoft.

Agg. Battery – 6th & Ash – 08/16/2016

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at about 8:53 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the area of 6th and Ash Streets to locate a male who appeared to be injured. City of Clovis Public Works employees noted the injured subject and called his description into Clovis Police Department Dispatch. The subject was described as having been shot or stabbed by the initial callers.
Officers located the subject, a 32 year old male, in the area of 8th and Walnut Streets. The subject had an injury to his right hand, and what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his lower left leg. When questioned about his injuries, he stated he was hit by a car. His injuries were not consistent with injuries received by a person struck by a motor vehicle. Officers administered first aid to the injured man and Clovis Fire Department ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene. Aerocare medical air ambulance was flown in to the area, collected the male, and transported him to a Lubbock, Texas area hospital.
Officers coordinated their efforts with Detectives of the Clovis Police Department. Blood droplets were followed to the area of
2nd and Sycamore Streets. Video surveillance in the area was checked, leading Officers and investigators to a hotel in the 1500
block of East Mabry Drive. Droplets of blood were followed to a room at the hotel. No other persons were found in the hotel room. The room was secured and a search warrant was executed for items of evidentiary value from the room.
The investigation into this incident continues. The 32 year old male is listed in stable condition at a Lubbock, Texas area hospital.

Kidnapping – 2100 blk W. Grand – 7/29/2016

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at about6:19 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to Plains Regional Medical Center in reference to report of Criminal Sexual Penetration. On arrival, Officers made contact with the 29 year old female victim. The victim recounted how she had gotten home to her apartment in the 2100 block of West Grand Avenue, when she was approached by a male subject who said he was looking for his wallet. The male was described as being Hispanic, about 29 years, about 5’07” tall, weighing around 175 pounds. He had multiple tattoos and a fade style haircut. The male subject asked to use her phone, which she allowed. When the calls were completed, the victim turned her back to her assailant, who pushed his way into her home. She resisted him, spraying him with pepper spray, but he
overcame her. The victims’ infant child was in the home, so she minimized her resistance, fearing for her safety and the safety
of her child.
The female victim was held against her will from about 10:30 p.m. on July 26, 2016 until about 5:30 p.m. on July 27, 2016.  During this nearly 20 hour ordeal, she had been sexually assaulted, forced to use a controlled substance, and was not freed until her mother arrived to check on her. Only then did her assailant allow her to leave with her child, but not before ordering her to not tell anyone.
On July 27, 2016, shortly after initial contact with the victim, Officers searched the area of the victims’ apartment but were not
able to locate the suspect. Clovis Police Department Detectives were activated, beginning the investigation into this Kidnapping and to conduct crime scene investigations. Through the combined efforts of the Patrol Division and Special Operation Divisions of the Clovis Police Department, Roy Cavazos (29 years of age) was identified as the suspect Friday morning, July 29, 2016.
Arrest warrants were generated for Roy Cavazos (29 years of age), for Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Criminal Sexual Penetration (7 counts), Aggravated Burglary, Assault with Intent to Commit a violent Felony, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Abuse of a Child, Tampering with Evidence, and Larceny. At about 1:30 p.m. on July 29, 2016, Roy Cavazos was found in the 2000 block of Chapparal Circle. On contact with Officers, Roy Cavazos ran, but after a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody without further incident. Roy Cavazos is being held on a $250,000.00 bond.

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive – 07/19/2016

The Clovis Police Department would like to invite everyone who can, to come and support the Battle of the Badges on July 22, 2016. The Clovis Police Department will be going head to head with the Clovis Fire Department in hopes to collect the most blood. Supporters can donate blood and pledge their support for whichever Badge.

United Blood Services will be collecting the donations at 320 Mitchell (Fire Station 1) Friday, July 22, 2016. Times are 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. People donating blood will receive a free T-shirt.

The Clovis Police Department thanks all of the citizens of Clovis who support all of the first responders who risk their lives on a daily basis.