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Release Date:  05/15/15

Incident Type: Burglary Suspect Arrested In Home Invasion

Contact Person: Roman Romero, Lieutenant, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423

Clovis, NM – May 15, 2015 – On Friday, May 15, 2015, at around 7:44 AM ,Clovis Police Officers responded to a report of a “Burglary In Progress” called in by the resident in the 1300 block of N. Lea Street.

A resident in the 1300 block of N. Lea Street called Clovis Police Department Dispatch stating two males and one female subject had entered the home. One of the males was in possession of a pistol. The suspects’ nicknames and first names were known to the victim. The victim stated “Cisco,” later identified as suspect Francisco Lujan, was in possession of a pistol. Francisco Lujan threatened to hit her with the pistol. The victim believed she would be beaten with the handgun. During the interaction inside the home the female suspect opened the front door and the victim was able to run to a neighbor’s home on N. Lea Street to contact the police.

As officers converged on the area and noticed a person running across the 1200 block of N. Lea Street. A witness in the area saw an individual jump off of the roof of a house in the 1200 block of N. Lea Street. The male subject who was running was ultimately detained. He was subsequently identified as Francisco Lujan.

The victim positively identified Mr. Lujan as the person with the pistol. A Glock 23 pistol, an extended magazine for a Glock pistol, and a pair of gloves were located by police near the area where Mr. Lujan was captured.

Francisco Lujan was arrested on charges of Aggravated Residential Burglary, Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Tampering with Evidence and was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Mr. Lujan had a previous outstanding arrest warrants for Failure to Appear and Aggravated Burglary. Mr. Lujan’s booking photo is attached to this release.

The two other suspects were not located by police at the time. These persons are wanted for questioning. One subject is a Hispanic male known to the victim as “Mark”. The suspect “Mark” is described as approximately 32 years of age, approximately 5’6” tall, weighing approximately 250 pounds, dark brown hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a green shirt. The female suspect is known to the victim as “Clarissa.” The victim was unable to describe the female suspect at the time.

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.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 May 2015 10:39 )
 

Release Date:  05/18/15 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Incident Type: Clovis Police Department Records Section Temporarily Closed This Week

Contact Person: Lt. Roman Romero, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423

Clovis, NM – 05/18/2015 – The Clovis Police Department Records Section will be closed Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd, 2015, for renovations to the office space.  The Records Section will reopen Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 8:00 am, following the Memorial Day Holiday.

Fingerprinting services scheduled for Thursday, May 21st, 2015, will be offered on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Please plan accordingly for any police report, background checks, or other records related services, as the records section will be closed Thursday, Friday, and the Monday holiday.

 

Release Date: May 11, 2015

Incident Type:

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

Clovis, NM – May 10, 2015 – On Sunday, May 10, 2015, at approximately 7:12 pm, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received a call from independent crash scene witnesses of a pickup truck flipped over into a yard in the 1800 Block of East Brady Avenue in Clovis. Witnesses reported the pickup was smoking and one person had been ejected from the vehicle and one person was still trapped inside the overturned pickup truck. The Clovis Police Department’s Major Crash Team consisting of Officers specially trained in Crash Reconstruction were activated within minutes of the crash due to the extent of the driver’s life threatening injuries.

Independent witnesses to the collision stated a maroon colored Dodge Ram single-cab pickup was travelling east on East Brady Avenue when the pickup crossed over the center lane divider double lines into the west bound lanes. The witnesses reported the pickup began “fishtailing” into a sideways yaw, lost control as it drifted back over into the east bound lanes of East Brady Avenue, left the roadway to the south and struck a wooden Xcel Energy utility pole with the bed portion of the pickup and came to rest on its driver side. Although damaged, the power pole remained intact in the ground. Xcel Energy was contacted about the damage to the utility pole.

The female driver of the 2008 maroon colored Dodge Ram pickup truck was ejected from the vehicle and thrown through the bottom of a chain link fence and came to rest in an adjacent yard. It does not appear the driver was wearing her seatbelt. As a result, the female driver sustained life threatening injuries to her head and body. The driver was transported by Clovis Fire Department Ambulance to a waiting Aerocare air ambulance at Clovis Municipal Airport for transport to UMC Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. The driver is identified as 46 year-old Victoria Zavala of Clovis. Ms. Zavala is an employee at Cargill meat processors in Friona, Texas. Ms. Zavala's family has been notified of the accident. Ms. Zavala’s last known status was Critical Condition in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UMC Hospital in Lubbock, Texas with severe trauma to the brain and lungs.

There was one other passenger in the pickup, who was extricated from the pickup and transported to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis by ambulance with unknown injuries. The passenger of the pickup was identified as 40 year-old Aracelia Saldivar. As of the time of this release her medical status is unknown, however, the passenger Aracelia Saldivar was alert and conscious after the crash.

The use of alcohol by the driver Victoria Zavala is suspected to be a contributing cause to the collision as cans of beer were found in and around the pickup at the crash scene. A subpoena for medical records will be sought for the driver Victoria Zavala in order to ascertain her blood alcohol level and any possibility of drugs in her system at the time of the crash. Driver Victoria Zavala’s Texas driver license status is suspended and she has an extensive New Mexico traffic citation history. The crash investigation is being conducted by the Clovis Police Department's Major Crash Team and the investigation is continuing.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 May 2015 10:23 )
 

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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