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Release Date:  01/21/2014

Incident Type: Clovis Police And Clovis Fire Department Fire Marshal Investigating Suspected Arsons In Clovis

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

Clovis, NM – January 21, 2014 – The Clovis Police Department in conjunction with the Clovis Fire Department Fire Marshal are actively investigating three recent cases of suspected Arson taking place over the past holiday weekend.

Suspicious fires were found in the 400 block of Prince Street and Sycamore Street within about a 90 minute time frame on Saturday evening, January 18, 2014 and one in the 600 block of Maple Street on Monday evening, January 20, 2014. These fires are considered suspicious due to no utilities being active at any of the fire locations.

These cases are under active investigation at this time by Clovis Police Detectives in conjunction with the Clovis Fire Department Fire Marshal. Surveillance camera system reviews at businesses and neighborhood canvas interviews are taking place in the affected areas, along with increased police presence in the areas. At this early stage in the investigations, we are asking that citizens be on the lookout for suspicious behavior, particularly in people lurking in alleyways and around out buildings and abandoned houses, particularly in the evening hours after dark. If someone appears to be out of place for the neighborhood and appears to be looking around a lot as to be trying to avoid detection, please call the Clovis Police Department at 575-769-1921 so that we may check out the situation. If it is a situation in which a person appears to be lighting or have lit a fire, contact the police and fire departments immediately by dialing 911.

Anyone having any information about these cases of suspected Arson is asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 or 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 anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:39 )
 

Release Date:   January 6, 2014

Incident Type: Tipsoft Lead Results In An Arrest For The Sale Of Synthetic Marijuana

Contact Person:  Steve Sanders, 575/763-9420

Clovis – January 6, 2014 – On Thursday, January 2, 2014, agents of the Region V Drug task force conducted a “buy bust” operation in the area of the 2800 blk of N. Prince Street.

Agents received information from a Tipsoft report where a male person was openly selling synthetic marijuana.  The tip indicated the suspect is an employee of the “Up in Smoke” shop located in the 200 blk of Prince Street.

The agents made contact with the male and purchased a 5 gram bag of synthetic marijuana for $20.00.  The male was placed under arrest and indentified as Jesus Loya, 22 years old.  Mr. Loya is a resident of Clovis.

During the arrest, Mr. Loya was wearing his “Up in Smoke” employee shirt when he sold the synthetic marijuana to the agents.  The agents seized 70 grams of the synthetic marijuana from Mr. Loya during the contact.

The agents also learned the “Up in Smoke” shop stopped selling the synthetic marijuana about two weeks earlier when the new ordinance prohibiting the sell of the synthetic marijuana was passed.  So, Mr. Loya admitted he was selling the drug on the street.  Mr. Loya was also in possession of suspected methamphetamine and cocaine.  Currently, the “Up in Smoke” shop is no longer in business.

Mr. Loya was transported to the Curry County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession with the intent to traffic.

A photo of Mr. Loya is attached with this release.  No other information is available at this time.

 

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Release Date:  12/07/2013

Incident Type:  Suspect Eric Gutierrez Arrested By Clovis SWAT Team Following A Several Hour Standoff in Clovis After Shooting At Clovis Police Officers

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

Clovis, NM – December 07, 2013 – On December 07, 2013 at approximately 5:37 am, Clovis Police were dispatched to 320 Hinkle Street in Clovis in reference to a “Remove Intoxicated Violent Subject” call. The caller stated his son, 30 year-old Eric Gutierrez, was intoxicated and being violent and they wanted him removed from the residence. The caller had already left the home and met Officers at another location a few blocks away.

Upon arrival of Clovis Police Officers and the father at 320 Hinkle Street, the father went in with Officers to have Eric Gutierrez removed. Clovis Police knocked on Eric Gutierrez’s bedroom door and announced their presence and asked him to come to the door. Eric Gutierrez yelled back through the door to give him a minute. Within seconds, Eric Gutierrez fired several bullets from a gun through the bedroom door at Officers. Nobody was hit by any of the bullets. Officers drew their weapons and commanded Gutierrez to drop his gun. Gutierrez opened the door and looked at Officers briefly before shutting the door. The Officers backed out of the home with the father and set-up a perimeter to contain Eric Gutierrez in the house.

Because Eric Gutierrez was armed with a firearm and just shot at police officers, the Clovis Police SWAT Team was deployed along with the Clovis Police Crisis Negotiation Team. A Clovis Police Crisis Negotiator attempted for several hours by phone and loud speaker to talk Eric Gutierrez into surrendering himself. Eric Gutierrez refused, demanding Officers come in and get him. A few minutes after the Clovis Police SWAT Team breached the front door for an impending entry; Eric Gutierrez walked out the front door and surrendered himself without incident to the Clovis Police SWAT Officers deployed around the home.

Eric Gutierrez was placed under arrest for 1 count of Felony Attempted Murder, 2 counts of Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer, 1 count of Felony Aggravated Assault Against a Household Member, 1 count of Felony Shooting At or From a Dwelling and 1 count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and transported to the Clovis Police Department for questioning by Clovis Police Detectives. As of the time of this press release Clovis Police are still actively searching and processing the home for evidence.

No further comment will be made on this arrest until Monday. A past booking photo of Mr. Gutierrez has been attached to this press release.

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 December 2013 17:03 )
 

Release Date:  12/05/2013

Incident Type: DWI Saturation Patrols Scheduled for December 2013

Contact Person: Sgt. Robert Denney, 575-763-9444

On December 9, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014 Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols within the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and drug impaired drivers. We ask that people please remember that it is also illegal to drive under the influence of prescription drugs that may impair their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The ODWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you that Law Enforcement Officers throughout New Mexico will be out in force to make sure that drunk drivers don’t cause tragedy on the roads this year. Remember, Sobriety Checkpoints are everywhere and if you “Drink and Drive, You Lose!”

Clovis Police Officers will also be conducting Seat Belt enforcement operations during this holiday season. The OBD Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.


 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:27 )
 

Release Date:  November 26, 2013

Incident Type: Suspicious Package

Contact Person: Douglas R. Ford, Captain

Clovis – November 26, 2013 – On Tuesday November 26, 2013 at approximately 06:50 hours, Officers of the Clovis Police Department were sent to the area of 7th and Hall for a suspicious package. Upon arrival, Officers observed a package lying on the ground just inside the fence of the old Municipal Golf Course. The package was wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper, but was obviously placed in this location.

Because of how the package was placed and inability to know what was inside the package, the decision was made to contact an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team to deal with the package.

Clovis Police Officers secured the area from 7th and Norris to just east of the intersection of 7th and Georgia.  Citizens in the immediate area were evacuated from their residences for their safety and barricades were brought into close the streets down in the immediate area.

The New Mexico State Police EOD and Cannon Air Force Base EOD responded to assist with the incident.  The Cannon EOD team was able to evaluate the package with their advanced technology and informed us there was nothing of concern in the package.

The two EOD teams examined the package, which contained packing material. The box was collected to be processed by the Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit (SOU) and all follow up will be conducted by Detectives of SOU.

The incident was completed and all citizens who had been evacuated from their homes were contacted and told the issue was resolved.

Any additional information can be obtained from Captain Douglas R. Ford, Support Services Division Commander at the following E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you can call: (575) 763-9432.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:38 )
 
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