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Release Date:  July 14th, 2014

Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Accident – 7th Street and Norris Street

Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis – July 14th, 2014 – On Sunday, July 13th, 2014, at approximately 2:27 AM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the intersection of 7th Street and Norris Street on a report of a single vehicle rollover collision.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers located evidence a black Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed, westbound on 7th Street at the intersection of Marlene Blvd. The evidence indicates the Hyundai lost control and traveled into the parking lot of 2400 E. 7 th Street and struck a protective barrier for the fire hydrant located there.

The Hyundai continued westbound through the parking lot of 2300 E. 7th Street and struck the west curb line of the lot. This caused the Hyundai to roll several times, ejecting the passenger from inside the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle was fatally injured and pronounced dead on the scene.

The occupants of the Hyundai are Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base with off base residences in Clovis. The owner and driver of the Hyundai has been identified as 20 year old Tylan Bolden. The passenger is identified as 22 year old Andrew Padilla. The crash investigation is being conducted by the Clovis Police Department's Major Crash Team. The investigation is continuing as speed and alcohol are factors in the collision.

No charges have been filed, but the team is working in conjunction with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

There is no other information available at this time.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 10:49 )
 

Release Date: July 12, 2014

Incident Type: Homicide Investigation - 413 N. Sheldon Street; Arrest of Eric Valdez

Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis – July 12, 2014 – On Monday, July 7, 2014, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Clovis Police Department responded to 413 N. Sheldon Street on a report of a dead body found in a vacant house bathroom. Patrol officers found Jose Barrera, age 33, inside the home. Mr. Barrera is the victim of a gun-shot wound to the head.  The New Mexico Office of Medical Investigators provided a preliminary finding of homicide for Mr. Barrera.

The investigation, conducted by member agencies of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit (MCU), developed a time line of Mr. Barrera's activities before being discovered by officers. Several interviews were conducted, search warrants were completed and the investigation lead to the identity of Mr. Eric Valdez, also known as “SPANKY,” as the perpetrator of this crime.

Mr. Valdez was taken into custody on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at about 6:40 PM on an unrelated charge. Mr. Valdez was brought to the Clovis Police Station where he was interviewed by detectives. Mr. Valdez acknowledged his participation in the homicide of Mr. Barrera as the shooter. The motive for the homicide stemmed from a conflict between Mr. Barrera and Mr. Valdez involving Mr. Valdez's minor daughter.  Detectives  are continuing the investigation to provide greater detail to the motive.

An arrest warrant was completed and served on Mr. Valdez. He was charged with an open count of 1st Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence.  Mr. Valdez has been booked into the Curry County Detention Center and his bond is $100,000.00 cash.

There is no other information available at this time.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 10:43 )
 

Release Date:  July 10, 2014

Incident Type: Person Of Interest Sought For Interview In Homicide Investigation – 413 N. Sheldon Street, Clovis, NM - UPDATE

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

Clovis, NM – July 10, 2014 – On Monday, July 7, 2014, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Clovis Police Department responded to 413 N. Sheldon Street on a report of a dead body found in a vacant house bathroom. Upon the arrival of the patrol officers, itwas determined a Hispanic male, later identified as Jose Barrera, was victim of possible foul play due to blood around his head area. A preliminary finding by the NM Office of the Medical Investigator found the manner of death to be a Homicide. Investigators are not releasing the specific cause of death at this time due to on-going interviews of witnesses and possible suspects involved in the case, so specifics of the crime are being withheld.

Investigators need assistance in locating a person of interest in the Clovis area they would like to speak to about this homicide investigation. Investigators are attempting to locate 40 year-old Eric Valdez, also known as “SPANKY”, of Clovis. Eric “SPANKY” Valdez is described as a Hispanic male with Brown Hazel colored eyes, with or without glasses, a bald or close shaved head, approximately 5’-09” in height, weighing approximately 260 pounds, with a last known address of 608 N. Axtell Street here in Clovis, NM. Photos of Eric Valdez are attached to this release. Anybody with any knowledge of the whereabouts or how to contact this man are asked to contact the Clovis Police Department Dispatch at 575-769-1921 and ask to speak with a Detective or one of the members of the Major Crimes Unit.

The investigation is being conducted by member agencies of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit (MCU) consisting of the 9th Judicial District Attorney Office, Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and with assistance from the New Mexico State Police.

The investigation 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 575-769-1921. 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.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:40 )
 

Release Date:  July 8, 2014

Incident Type: Suspicious Death Investigation – 413 N. Sheldon Street, Clovis, NM - UPDATE

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

Clovis, NM – July 8, 2014 – On Monday, July 7, 2014, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Clovis Police Department responded to 413 N. Sheldon Street on a report of dead body found in a vacant house bathroom. Upon the arrival of the patrol officers, it was determined a Hispanic male was victim of possible foul play due to blood around his head area.

Through examination of evidence obtained at the scene the victim was positively identified as 33 year-old Jose Barrera with a Tucumcari address on his driver license print out. Further investigation revealed Jose Barrera has been living in Clovis for some time in a transient manner with no permanent address. Jose Barrera’s parents were located in Clovis and told of his death late Monday night.

Although several interviews have been conducted, investigators need assistance in locating two people of interest in the Clovis area they would like to speak to about this death investigation. Investigators are attempting to locate 42 year-old Frank Campos of Clovis and 37 year-old Lorenzo Medina (AKA “Torro”) of Clovis. Anybody with any knowledge of the whereabouts or how to contact these two men are asked to contact the Clovis Police Department Dispatch at 575-769-1921 and ask to speak with a Detective.

The investigation is being conducted by member agencies of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit (MCU) consisting of the 9th Judicial District Attorney Office, Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and with assistance from the New Mexico State Police.

The investigation is on-going at this time. Mr. Barrera’s body was sent to the NM Office of the Medical Investigator for autopsy for cause of death determination. The autopsy is an on-going process at this time. A preliminary result is anticipated sometime this afternoon. 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 575-769-1921. 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.

 

 

Release Date:   July 7, 2014

Incident Type: Suspicious Death Investigation

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

Clovis, NM  – July 7, 2014 – On Monday, July 7, 2014, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a property manager advising she went to check on a residence for unpaid rent. The property manager said upon entering the house she found legs laying out of a bathroom doorway. As the property manager went to look closer she discovered a dead body in the bathroom. The property manager said she immediately left the house and called 911 for help. The residence is located at 413 North Sheldon Street in central Clovis.

Clovis Police Officers arrived on the scene to find a deceased Hispanic male laying on the bathroom floor. The death is suspicious due to the amount of blood found on the victim and the fact the house should have been vacant. The 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit consisting of the District Attorney’s Office Investigators, Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Portales Police Department were activated to conduct this investigation. The death is being investigated as a homicide at this time. The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator was notified and responded to the scene. The body has been sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, NM for autopsy for determination of cause and manner of death.

The victim has been positively identified by evidence gathered at the scene. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time until a next of kin can be notified of the death.

The investigation continues with the processing of evidence and interviews. As of the time of this release, there is no identified suspect at this time.

No other information is available at this time due to the on-going investigation. An update will be provided by press release on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 when new information may be released.

 
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