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Release Date: May 5, 2015

Incident Type: ***UPDATE - Mother of Victim Arrested In Child Homicide Investigation In Clovis, NM

Contact Person:  Patrick Whitney, Captain, Support Services Division/PIO (575) 763-9436

Clovis, NM – May 5, 2015 – On Monday, May 4, 2015, at approximately 3:57 am, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received a call from the Plains Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in Clovis requesting police officers respond in reference to the suspicious death of an 18 month old boy. The unresponsive 18 month-old was brought in to the hospital by the mother of the child. Hospital emergency room staff worked to revive the child without success and pronounced the child dead a short time later after arrival. The child had multiple suspicious injuries giving rise to the attending physician requesting police criminal investigation into the death.

After an intense investigation on Monday by members of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit consisting of the District Attorney’s Office, Clovis Police Department, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office was conducted, the investigation reached a point to present evidence to the 9th Judicial District Attorney Office on a first degree felony charge of Abuse of a Child Resulting in Great Bodily Harm against the mother of the child, 25 year-old Rocio D. Montanez of Clovis, NM. An arrest warrant on this charge was approved by the District Attorney Office and a 9th Judicial District Judge in Clovis. The arrest warrant was served on Rocio D. Montanez on the evening of Monday, May 4, 2015. Montanez was subsequently transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center and booked on the first degree felony charge of Child Abuse Resulting in Great Bodily Harm of a Child. A Cash Only Bond of $75,000 has been set for Rocio Montanez by a 9th Judicial District Judge. The booking photo of suspect Rocio D. Montanez is attached below on the second page.

The 18 month-old male victim has been identified as Noah Trujillo, the biological son of suspect Rocio D. Montanez. The next of kin, to include the biological father of Noah Trujillo, were notified of the death and the on-going investigation. The child victim’s body was sent to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, NM for autopsy to determine manner and cause of death. Investigators will not be releasing specific information about the injuries until the autopsy of the child has been completed at a later date and a report given to investigators.

Investigators are waiting on initial autopsy results from the Office of the Medical Investigator, which is scheduled to take place sometime today, to decide if further charges may be filed in this case. The preliminary results, however, often take up to 3 days to be presented to investigators. An update will be provided by press release at a later date or as soon as new information in the investigation can be released.

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 ww.tipsubmit.com, or call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

 

Suspect  Rocio D. Montanez - 25 Years-Old of Clovis, NM

 

Release Date: May 4, 2015

Incident Type: Child Homicide Investigation – 2900 Block of Lisa Street In Clovis, NM

Contact Person:  Patrick Whitney, Captain, Support Services Division/PIO (575) 763-9436

Clovis, NM – May 4, 2015 – On Monday, May 4, 2015, at approximately 3:57 am, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received a call from the Plains Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in Clovis requesting police officers respond in reference to the suspicious death of an 18 month old boy. The unresponsive 18 month old was brought in to the hospital by the mother of the child. Hospital emergency room staff worked to revive the child without success and pronounced the child dead a short time later after arrival. The child had multiple suspicious injuries giving rise to the attending physician requesting police criminal investigation into the death.

The death of the little boy is being investigated as a homicide due to the suspicious nature of the injuries on the child. The specific injuries to the child are being withheld at this time due to the on-going investigation and so as not to jeopardize the investigation. The 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit consisting of the District Attorney’s Office, Clovis Police Department, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office were activated to conduct this investigation. The potential crime scenes are being actively investigated at this time and potential evidence gathered from the scenes by Detectives.

The 18 month old male victim is not being identified due to this being a child abuse homicide investigation. The next of kin have been notified of the death and the on-going investigation. The child victim’s body will be sent to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, NM for autopsy to determine manner and cause of death. Investigators will not be releasing information about the injuries until the autopsy of the child has been completed at a later date.

The investigation continues with the processing of evidence and interviews. The mother of the child, other children from the home, as well as other possible witnesses are being interviewed by investigators to determine who may have caused the fatal injuries to the child. The New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families protective services have also been notified of the investigation and will be involved.

No other information is available at this time due to the on-going investigation. An update will be provided by press release at a later date or as soon as new information in the investigation can be released.

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 ww.tipsubmit.com, or call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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Release Date:  04/02/2015

Incident Type: National Traffic Safety Campaign – “U Text, U Drive, U Pay” Campaign

Contact Person: Lieutenant Steve Cope, Traffic Division Coordinator, Phone: 575-763-9413

Clovis, New Mexico – 04/02/2015 - On Monday, April 6, 2015, Officers of the Clovis Police Department will participate in the National “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” Campaign. The campaign is for high visibility enforcement, which will combine periods of intense anti-texting enforcement coupled with advertising and media outreach. The goal is to make safer roadways for the citizens of Clovis, New Mexico through voluntary compliance with the Anti-Texting and Driving Law. We remind the motoring public texting and driving is as statistically unsafe as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, so please don’t text and drive.

The Clovis Police Department will have a traffic safety operation on Monday, April 6, 2015, between the hours of 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The location of the operation will encompass the intersections of West 21st and Thornton Streets and East 21st and Prince Streets. With voluntary compliance backed up by enforcement, together we can make the roads safer to travel on!

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Release Date: March 16, 2015

Incident Type: Clovis Gebo’s and Maveric Gun Store Burglar and Arsonist Arrested In Clovis

Contact Person:  Patrick Whitney, Captain, Support Services Division/PIO (575) 763-9436

Clovis, NM – March 15, 2015 – On Sunday, March 15, 2015, at approximately 3:29 am, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received a Burglar Alarm Activation call indicating movement in the store for Maveric Sport and Tactical Gun Store located at 3204 N. Axtell Street in Clovis.

Clovis Police Officers arrived on the scene to find entry had been made to the gun store from the roof through a skylight. The gun store owner arrived a few minutes later and reported to Officers at the scene that over 20 handguns and at least one rifle had been stolen along with assorted ammunition. As the first Officer was arriving on scene, a pink in color older 1960’s model car was seen leaving the area. An immediate attempt at locating the vehicle by other responding Officers was unsuccessful. A Detective was dispatched to process the scene for evidence. Blood evidence from a suspect was found at the scene in the gun store as well as digital video surveillance evidence.

Later in the day on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at approximately 4:42 pm, a Clovis Police Officer located a suspect vehicle matching the older model 1960’s pink in color car in the Hasting’s parking lot at 1925 N. Prince Street. The vehicle was running and had been left unoccupied. A short time later the owner/driver of the vehicle, Stephen Baker, was located and consented to speak with Detectives in the Maveric Gun Store Burglary case. Subsequent search of Stephen Baker’s home, located on Mercury Street in Clovis, revealed several of the stolen guns from the Maveric Gun Store Burglary, as well as evidence linking back to the burglary and theft at Gebo’s Store of several guns, which occurred on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Further questioning of suspect Stephen Baker led to the revelation of also setting the fires at Johnson Lumber Store in Clovis as well as the fire set in a hay barn at the Clovis Livestock Auction area off of South Hull Street in Clovis on February 15, 2015 just prior to the Gebo’s burglary being perpetrated.

The suspect has been identified as 19 year-old Stephen M. Baker of Clovis, NM. Mr. Baker has so far been charged with Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Receiving Stolen Property (Over $500), Tampering With Evidence, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, in the break-in and gun and ammunition thefts in the Sunday, March 15, 2015 Maveric Gun Store burglary (Photograph Attached). Further charges involving the burglary and gun thefts at Gebo’s Store and the Arson fires at Johnson Lumber and the hay barn at Clovis Livestock Yard are pending. Stephen Baker is currently being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center in Clovis on a $16,500 Cash or Surety Bond.

The investigation continues with the processing of evidence and interviews. As of the time of this release, there is at least one accomplice being sought for questioning about possible involvement in the Gebo’s Burglary and the Arsons set at Johnson Lumber and the Clovis Livestock Barn. 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 ww.tipsubmit.com, or call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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Stephen M. Baker - 19 Years Old


Last Updated ( Monday, 16 March 2015 10:48 )
 

Release Date: March 8, 2015
Incident Type: Homicide Investigation At 1000 Beta Street In Clovis, NM – Persons of Interest Being Sought For Questioning
Contact Person: Patrick Whitney, Captain, Support Services Division/PIO (575) 763-9436

Clovis, NM – March 8, 2015– On Sunday, March 8, 2015, at approximately 3:55 am, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received 911 calls from people at 1000 Beta Street saying gun shots had been fired at that location and a man was injured and down in the front yard at that location.

Clovis Police Officers arrived on the scene to find a Hispanic male laying on the ground suffering from a bleeding penetration wound to the upper left chest. The man was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis by Clovis Fire Department Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead a few minutes later at approximately 4:37 am. The death of the man is considered a homicide due to the wound he sustained and statements made to police by several of the witnesses that were at the scene. The 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit consisting of the District Attorney’s Office Investigators, Clovis Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office were activated to conduct this investigation. The scene is being actively investigated and evidence gathered from the scene at this time.

The male victim is identified as 39 year-old Joseph L. Chavez of Clovis, New Mexico. The next of kin has been notified of his death and the on-going investigation. The victim Joseph L. Chavez body will be sent to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, NM for autopsy.

The investigation continues with the processing of evidence and interviews. As of the time of this release, there are several people of interest being sought for questioning about possible involvement in this homicide investigation. Investigators are trying to locate 32 year-old Brandon Cordova, described as a Hispanic male; 18 year-old Judas Lopez, described as a Hispanic male; and 18 year-old Marlena Wesley, described as a Hispanic female (Photographs Attached).

No other information is available at this time due to the on-going investigation. An update will be provided by press release on Monday, March 9, 2015 or as soon as new information in the investigation can be released.

Anyone having any information about this case or the whereabouts of the people of interest being sought for questioning 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 ww.tipsubmit.com, or call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

Brandon Cordova - Being Sought For Questioning In Homicide Investigation

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:29 )
 
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