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Release Date:  01/17/2013

Incident Type: Shot Fired During Robbery In Apartment On Gayland Drive In Clovis Overnight

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

Clovis – January 16, 2013 - A local man identified as 52 year-old Curtis Hager was hit over the head with a gun and beaten by a man as he and his girlfriend’s apartment was robbed of electronics as his wheelchair bound girlfriend and her son looked on last night at approximately 10:00 pm in an apartment in the 300 Block of Gayland Drive in Clovis. The suspects were described as a Hispanic male that fired the gun and beat Mr. Hager and two Hispanic females that gathered up electronics such as a television, a computer and all of the phones in the apartment. One of the Hispanic female suspects named “Angel” was known to the victims. The bullet fired traversed into another apartment, but nobody was shot by any gunfire.

The Hispanic male suspect was described by the girlfriend as approximately 6 feet in height, thin build, short hair with a thin, light mustache wearing a gray, white and black horizontal striped polo shirt. One of the female Hispanic suspects was described as light skinned, approximately 5 feet 4 inches in height, medium build/weight, with dark mid-back length hair pulled back in a pony tail wearing a black jacket and white tennis shoes going by the name “Angel”. The other woman was described as a Hispanic female, very light skinned, a thin build with “sucked in” cheeks, with long hair, wearing a white t-shirt and a grey jacket. Suspects were last seen leaving the area in what was described as possibly a dark colored Ford Mustang with dark tinted windows and custom rims.

The victim Curtis Hager was injured with wounds to the head from the pistol beating and from being kicked repeatedly. Mr. Hager was transported by Clovis Fire Department Ambulance to Plains Regional Medical Center for injuries and was later released. Mr. Hager’s girlfriend and son were not harmed during the Robbery.

The suspects were not located in the area. Clovis Police Detectives were dispatched to the scene. This case is under active investigation at this time. Anyone having any information about this case is asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 or Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 January 2013 13:23 )
 

Release Date:   January 14, 2013

Incident Type: Follow-up to Robbery Investigations

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

Clovis – January 14, 2013 – The Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit in conjunction with members of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit have been conducting the investigations of two incidences of Robbery. The first Robbery was reported to the Clovis Police   Department on January 2nd, 2013 in the area of Stone Place. During this incident, an 82 year-old male was confronted by a suspect, struck in the head with a pistol and robbed of his wallet.

The    second Robbery was reported to the Clovis Police Department on January 4th, 2013 in the 1100 blk of Mitchell Street in the alley. During this incident, 61 year-old Joe Garcia was attacked in the alley. He was severely beaten about the head and face. During the attack, the suspect took Mr. Garcia’s wallet and cellphone. Mr. Garcia required medical attention. He was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center and was later transferred to UMC Hospital in Lubbock, TX for further treatment.

O n January 7th, 2013, an ambulance was sent to a home on Gidding Street.  Upon their arrival, they found Mr. Garcia to be unresponsive and not breathing.  Mr. Garcia was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center where he expired in the Emergency Room.  Detectives           learned Mr. Garcia had been released from the hospital in Lubbock on January 5th, 2013.

At first, the Clovis Police Department had no evidence linking the two robberies.  As the investigation into Mr. Garcia’s case started to unfold, Detectives were able to a link a red colored Ford Mustang as being in the area in both cases.  Detectives were able to locate           the vehicle and started to investigate the users of the vehicle as potential suspects in both cases.

After conducting several search warrants and a number of interviews, the Detectives were able to indentify 23 year-old Daniel Murrell III, as the prime suspect involved in both the robberies.  Detectives also indentified 20 year- old Terrill Smolar as an accomplice in the                 case.

On Saturday, January 12th, 2013, an arrest warrant was completed for Terrill Smolar for the following charges: Accessory to Robbery and Conspiracy to commit armed robbery.   Mr. Smolar was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Curry County Detention Center where Mr. Smolar’s bond is set at $35,000.00.

On Sunday, January 13th, 2013, an arrest warrant was completed for Daniel Murrell III for the following charges:  Robbery  (2-counts), Aggravated Battery (1-Count), Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Intimidation of a States Witness, Theft of a credit card, Fraudulent use             of a Credit Card, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Tampering with Evidence.   The warrant was served on Mr. Murrell at the Curry County Detention Center where he is currently being held on an unrelated charge. Mr. Murrell’s bond is set at $50,000.00.

The Detectives are awaiting information from the New Mexico Office of Medical Examiners as to whether or not Mr. Garcia’s death can be attributed to the injuries he sustained during the robbery. Until such information is obtained, the investigation is continuing with the                 processing of evidence and further interviews of witnesses.

At this point in the investigation, there is no other information at this time.

 

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:41 )
 

Release Date:   January 09, 2013

Incident Type: On-going Death Investigation Of Robbery Victim From West Alley of 1100 Mitchell Street On 01/04/2013

Contact Person:  Patrick Whitney, Captain, Public Information Officer (575) 763-9436

Clovis – January 09, 2013 On Friday, January 04, 2013, at approximately 7:46 AM, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call with information someone had been robbed of his wallet and cell phone and beaten in the west alley of the 1100 block of Mitchell Street just north of the Allsup’s Store. Officers made contact with the victim identified as 61 year-old Joe Garcia of Clovis at his apartment located in the 1500 block of North Mitchell Street. Mr. Garcia had sustained facial and head injuries from being tackled and beaten in the alley near the Allsup’s at 11th and Mitchell. Mr. Garcia was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center to be treated. From there, Mr. Garcia was subsequently transported to UMC Hospital in Lubbock, Texas to be treated for a broken jaw in three places and brain bleeds in his head believed to be caused from the beating during the robbery. Mr. Garcia was subsequently released from the hospital in Lubbock, Texas on the next day on Saturday, January 5, 2013 and returned home to Clovis to an address on Gidding Street to be cared for by his daughter’s family.

On January 7, 2013 at approximately 6:47 PM Clovis Fire Department Ambulance was dispatched to the home on Gidding Street in reference to Mr. Joe Garcia not breathing and being unresponsive. Medical crews tried to revive Mr. Garcia at the scene and during transport to Plains Regional Medical Center without success. Mr. Garcia was pronounced dead by emergency room personnel shortly after arriving at the hospital. Clovis Police Detectives were notified of the death by Clovis Police Field Officers due to the robbery and beating that had occurred to Mr. Garcia just the Friday before and the possibility that his death could be attributed to the beating and injuries incurred during the robbery. Mr. Garcia’s body was transported to the Office of the Medical Investigator for autopsy in Albuquerque for an official determination of manner and cause of death.

An criminal investigation is being conducted by members of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit and Clovis Police Department Special Operations Detective Unit. The investigation continues with the collection of evidence and interviews. There is no identified suspect in this case at this time.

No other information is available at this time due to the on-going investigation. An update will be provided at a later date when a suspect is developed in the case.

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Release Date:   1/09/2013

Incident Type: Fatal Automobile/Pedestrian Crash In 2400 Block of East Mabry Drive

Contact Person: Patrick Whitney, Captain, Media Relations Officer, (575) 763-9436

Clovis, New Mexico - On Wednesday, January 09, 2013, at approximately 4:04 AM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the west bound lanes in the 2400 Block of East Mabry Drive on report of a fatal pedestrian/vehicle auto crash involving a pedestrian and a Charcoal Gray colored Chevrolet Avalanche SUV. Upon arrival of the patrol units, they found a deceased 56 year-old Clovis man in the west bound lanes of Mabry Drive roadway from an apparent vehicle strike. The vehicle and driver of the vehicle were on scene of the crash as well. The driver had contacted police by cell phone after the crash occurred. Clovis Police were already enroute to the area just prior to the crash due to a call from a truck driver about a man jumping into traffic on Mabry Drive.

The Chevrolet Avalanche was occupied by only a driver. The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries at the scene from the blunt force trauma from being struck by the SUV. The driver was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for a routine blood draw due to the fatal nature of the crash, but he was uninjured in the crash. The deceased pedestrian is indentified as 56 year-old Steve Plyler of Clovis. Mr. Plyler’s family has been notified of his death. Police had dealt with Mr. Plyler a short time earlier transporting him from the Westward Ho Motel to the Motel 7 on Mabry Drive, where he had just obtained a room.

The driver of the Chevrolet Avalanche was identified as 42 year-old Trevor Steward of Clovis. Mr. Steward was travelling back home to Clovis from Texas at the time of the crash.

There is no indication of alcohol or drug intoxication at this time on the part of the driver Trevor Steward, but a routine blood test of the driver involved was taken voluntarily for lab evaluation due to the fatal nature of the crash. Alcohol is believed to be a causative factor on the part of the deceased pedestrian Steve Plyler that had entered the roadway. It is unknown at this time why Mr. Plyler left his motel room and kept walking into traffic on Mabry Drive until he was struck. Mr. Plyler’s body was sent to Albuquerque to the Office of the Medical Investigator for autopsy and official cause of death determination. The investigation is on-going by the Clovis Police Department’s Major Crash Reconstruction Team.

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Release Date:  01/02/2013

Incident Type: Armed Robbery At Gunpoint, 2000 Block of Stone Place In Clovis Wednesday Morning, January 02, 2013

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

Clovis – January 2, 2013 - A local man identified as 82 year-old David Shober was hit over the head with a gun and robbed of his wallet at gunpoint this morning at approximately 7:22 am just outside of his home near the driveway in the 2000 Block of Stone Place in Clovis. An undisclosed amount of money was in the stolen wallet.

A male suspect was described by Mr. Shober as a black male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches in height, wearing a multi colored beanie hat and a bandana covering his face. The male suspect surprised Mr. Shober near the driveway as Mr. Shober was going to get into his vehicle. The male suspect brandished a pistol and demanded money from Mr. Shober. At some point during the confrontation Mr. Shober was struck in the head by the male suspect and the suspect took Mr. Shober’s wallet with an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on foot. The suspect was last seen running north on Stone Place.

Clovis Police arrived on-scene within a few minutes of the 911 call and began searching the area for the described male suspect. Fresh acceleration marks were found from a vehicle in a nearby alleyway. Mr. Shober’s wallet was found about an hour later near the intersection of 14th Street and Sycamore by a Clovis Police Officer checking the area. The money was missing from the wallet.

The victim David Shober was injured with a gash to the head from the pistol. Mr. Shober was checked by Clovis Fire Department Ambulance for injuries, but was not transported. Mr. Shober was able to give a statement and cooperate with police at the scene.

The suspect was not located in the area. Clovis Police Detectives were dispatched to the scene. This case is under active investigation at this time. Anyone having any information about this case are asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 or Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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