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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 )
 

Release Date:  01/21/2015 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Incident Type: Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 5 pm MST Thursday Declared By National Weather Service In Albuquerque, NM – Hazardous Driving Conditions In Clovis Area Expected

Contact Person: Sergeant Daron Roach, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9427

Clovis, NM – 01/21/2015 - There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 5 pm MST Thursday, January 22, 2015.

***THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW FOR EAST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO, WHICH INCLUDES THE CLOVIS AREA... 12” to 14” of snow are predicted in the local area with white out conditions possible with winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour. Hazardous Driving Conditions are expected!***

Clovis Police would like to remind drivers when icy/snowy conditions exist on the roadway ice may be hidden underneath a thin layer of blowing snow, so their vehicles ability to stop and maneuver is greatly diminished and extra distance and significantly slower speeds must be exercised in order to drive safely. Of particular hazard are overpasses and roadway intersections. The last snow storm in early January this month resulted in 59 crash reports reported to the Clovis Police Department from January 2 – 9, 2015 due to driving too fast for the treacherous roadway driving conditions over that period.

The only two things which will stop a vehicle are time and distance. Anti-lock brakes, Traction Control Systems and four-wheel drive are no replacement for time and distance. Due to the predicted icy/snowy road conditions, everyone needs to slow their speed of travel significantly if inclement road conditions exist. PLEASE STAY OFF OF THE ROADS UNLESS TRAVEL IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY ONCE SNOW AND ICE START TO ACCUMULATE ON LOCAL ROADWAYS!

 

Release Date:   12/02/2014

Incident Type: **UPDATE #4** - Goodwin Trails Homicide Suspect Identified/Arrested In Murder Investigation In Clovis, NM

Contact Person: Sergeant Daron Roach, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9427

Clovis, NM – December 02, 2014 –Update #4 - On Sunday, November 9, 2014, at approximately 7:26 am, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received 911 calls from people at the Goodwin Lake Trails Walking Park saying a deceased woman had been found along the walking trail east of the main entrance to Goodwin Trails. A man found a 6 year-old boy in the parking lot of Goodwin Trails who wandered up to him who was later found to be the deceased woman’s son. The little boy was uninjured.

The victim was positively identified as 23 year-old Ariel Ulibarri of Clovis, New Mexico. Investigators with the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit consisting of the District Attorney’s Office Investigators, Clovis Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. The death was ruled a homicide by preliminary autopsy findings from the Office of the Medical Investigator as well as facts obtained during the investigation. The manner of death was stabbing by knife.

The investigation, conducted by member agencies of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit (MCU), developed probable cause to suspect a local Clovis man based upon a unique male DNA profile match identified from the state crime lab from the murder weapon located at the scene. An interview was conducted, search warrants were completed and the investigation led to the identity of 25 year-old Matthew P. Jennings of Clovis, NM , as the perpetrator of this crime. A photo of Mr. Jennings is attached to the e-mail release.

Mr. Jennings was taken into custody from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at about 4:00 PM, where he was being held on unrelated charges to the homicide. Mr. Jennings was brought to the Clovis Police Station where he was interviewed by investigators of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit. Mr. Jennings acknowledged his participation in the homicide of Ms. Ariel Ulibarri as the stabber and gave a confession as to her murder.

The family of victim Ariel Ulibarri were notified in person by members of the Major Crimes Unit of the identification and arrest of Mr. Matthew Jennings for the murder prior to any notification being made to the public.

The investigation is continuing as the investigators work to establish a motive for the murder.

An arrest warrant is being completed and will be served on Mr. Jennings. He will be charged with an open count of 1st Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence. Mr. Jennings will be booked into the Curry County Detention Center on these charges.

There is no other information available at this time.

PHOTO OF MATTHEW JENNINGS


 


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:22 )
 

Release Date:  November 21, 2014
Incident Type: **UPDATE** - Persons Of Interest Sought For Interviews In Goodwin Trails Homicide Investigation Located In Clovis
Contact Person: Daron Roach, Sergeant, Public Information Officer, Telephone: (575) 763-9427

Clovis, NM – November 21, 2014 – Update – On Friday, November 21, 2014, at approximately 4:45 pm, 22 year-old Lloyd Bagwell and 20 year-old Shannon Buckmaster of Clovis, New Mexico, who were being sought for questioning in connection with the homicide case of Ariel Ulibarri, were located in the 900 block of Mitchell Street in Clovis, NM by Clovis Police Officers based upon an anonymous tip called into the Clovis Police Dispatch Center. We would like to thank the public and media outlets for their help and tips in locating these two individuals wanted for questioning. The police department received dozens of tips since sending the request for help in locating these individuals out to the public.


Investigators will attempt to interview Lloyd Bagwell and Shannon Buckmaster about any knowledge they may have about the homicide of Ariel Ulibarri. These two people are not suspects in the murder of Ariel Ulibarri at this point in the investigation, but rather they may have information pertaining to the homicide investigation. Shannon Buckmaster has outstanding arrest warrants for Probation Absconder from the NM Department of Corrections and a Drug Possession Arrest Warrant, which she will be booked on at the Curry County Adult Detention Center.


The homicide investigation of Ariel Ulibarri is on-going. There is no other information available for release at this time with the investigation being active.


Anyone having any information about this case is asked to contact the Clovis Police Department at 911. 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 Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

 

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 November 2014 18:45 )
 
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