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Release Date:  04/29/13

Incident Type: DWI Sobriety Check Point And Saturation Patrols Scheduled for May 2013

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

On May 4th, 5th, 15th, and 25th Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrols within the City of Clovis. There will also be DWI Check Points on May 10th, 18th, and 27th 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 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, You Drive, You Lose!

The Clovis Police Department will also be participating in the National Click it or Ticket operations starting May 20th through June 2nd.

 

 

 

Release Date:   April 21, 2013

Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Accident - Norris Street and Mabry Drive

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

Clovis – April 21, 2013 – On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 11:30 PM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the intersection of Norris Street and Mabry Drive on a report of a semi tractor trailer versus an automobile collision.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers located a silver in color 2003 Ford Mustang south of the intersection.  The vehicle sheared a rail road crossing arm and mount, along with a speed limit sign before coming to rest in the 400 block of south Norris.

Independent witnesses to the collision stated the silver Mustang was travelling at a high rate of speed, south on Norris Street crossing at the intersection of Mabry Drive.  The semi-tractor trailer was travelling west on Mabry Drive.  Witnesses indicated the East/West traffic had the right of way with a green traffic control light.  Therefore, the preliminary cause of the collision is a failure to stop for the steady red-light for the driver of the Mustang.

The driver of the silver Mustang was ejected from the vehicle.  As a result, the male driver did not survive the injuries he sustained and was pronounced dead on the scene by fire\rescue personnel.  There were no other passengers in the Mustang vehicle.

The deceased is identified as Enrique Tomas Zuniga. A dairy farm worker from California.  Mr. Zuniga's family has been notified of the accident.

The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center.  Although uninjured, the semi driver submitted to a routine blood draw because of the nature of the crash.

The use of alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a contributing cause to the collision as unopened cans of beer and paraphernalia used in the consumption of controlled substances were found in the silver Mustang.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Clovis Police Department's Major Crash Team and the investigation is continuing.

There is no other information available at this time.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 07:27 )
 

Release Date:  04/19/2013

Incident Type: Clovis Man Charged With Open Count of Murder In January 2013 Robbery of Victim Joe Garcia

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

 

Clovis – April 19, 2013 – On Friday, April 19, 2013, an arrest warrant was completed and served on Mr. Daniel Murrell III for the charge of one Open Count of Murder. The beating of Mr. Joe Garcia was perpetrated by Mr. Murrell during the commission of a violent felony crime of Robbery that had occurred on January 4, 2013 in an alley located just north of the Allsup’s Store at 11th and Mitchell in Clovis. Mr. Murrell has been held in the Curry County Adult Detention Center since his January arrest on charges of 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 murder arrest warrant was served on Mr. Murrell at the Curry County Adult Detention Center by a member of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit today, where Mr. Murrell is currently being held on related charges to the Robbery incidents from January on a $50,000 bond. Mr. Murrell is now being held on a No Bond charge of Murder.

On January 7, 2013, an ambulance was sent to a home on Gidding Street in Clovis. Upon their arrival, they found victim Joe Garcia to be unresponsive and not breathing. Mr. Garcia was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center where he died in the Emergency Room. Detectives learned Mr. Garcia had been released from the hospital in Lubbock, Texas on January 5, 2013, where he had been transported following the beating that had occurred on January 4, 2013 during the Robbery.

A subsequent autopsy investigation and review by the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, New Mexico resulted in a finding of cause of death of blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was ruled homicide.

Based on the findings of the Office of the Medical Investigator, the cause and manner of death was presented to the 9th Judicial District Attorney for review and an Affidavit For Arrest on an Open Count of Murder for Mr. Daniel Murrell III was presented to and approved by a local Curry County Magistrate Judge finding probable cause for the arrest.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 10:21 )
 

 

Release Date:   March 30, 2013

Incident Type: Fatal Stabbing - 1300 blk of Reid Street - UPDATE

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

Clovis – March 30, 2013 – On Saturday, March 30, 2013, at approximately 12:19 AM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the 1300 blk of Reid of street on a report of a large disturbance/public affray.  Upon the arrival of the patrol officers, it was determined three men, ages seventeen, twenty-one and twenty-three, had been victims of a stabbing.

The seventeen year old male, identified as Devin Saiz, was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center in a private vehicle with a stab wound to his torso.  Mr. Saiz later succumbs to his injury and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Jose Lopez, twenty-three years of age, and Havier Bara, twenty years of age, were also treated for stab wounds at Plains Regional Medical Center.  Their wounds are non-life threatening.

The investigation is being conducted by the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit (MCU) in conjunction with the Clovis Police Department.

At approximately 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 30, 2013, the MCU obtained an arrest warrant for Ricardo Sena, age 27, for an open count of Murder.  The MCU also obtained an arrest warrant for a seventeen year old female, as a juvenile shall not be identified, for Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

The female juvenile and Mr. Sena have been taken into custody without incident.  Mr. Sena has been booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center with a bond of $500,000.00 cash only.  The female juvenile is being held at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center without bond. There are no booking photos available at this time.

The investigation is continuing as other charges may be filed at a later date.

There is no other information available at this time.

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 March 2013 19:06 )
 

Release Date:   March 30, 2013

Incident Type: Fatal Stabbing - 1300 blk of Reid Street

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

Clovis – March 30, 2013 – On Saturday, March 30, 2013, at approximately 12:19 AM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the 1300 blk of Reid of street on a report of a large disturbance/public affray.  Upon the arrival of the patrol officers, it was determined three men, ages seventeen, twenty-one and twenty-three, had been victims of a stabbing.

The seventeen year old male was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center in a private vehicle with a stab wound to his torso.  This victim later succumb to his injury and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The twenty-one and twenty-three year old men were also treated for stab wounds at Plains Regional Medical Center.  Their wounds are non-life threatening.  The names of the victims are being withheld to ensure the notification to their families have been accomplished.

The investigation is being conducted by the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit, which is comprised of the Clovis Police Department, Portales Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

At this time there is no clear motive for the incident and suspect(s) are being sought.

Anyone having any information about this case is asked to contact the 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.

There is no other information available at this time.

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