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Release Date:  02/06/2013

Incident Type: Armed Robbery At Gunpoint, 700 Block of Hondo Street In Clovis Tuesday Night, February 05, 2013

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

Clovis – February 5, 2013 - A local man identified as 62 year-old Raymond Villa was robbed at gunpoint of jewelry and his 60” television last night at approximately 11:45 pm in the 700 block of Hondo Street in Clovis. Mr. Villa stated that three Hispanic males wearing bandanas over their faces forced their way into his house and into his bedroom. Mr. Villa stated that one of the men pointed an assault style rifle into his forehead and told him to get on the floor of the bedroom and not look at them. One of the men was also armed with an aluminum bat. Mr. Villa stated that one of the men took his gold Seiko watch and gold colored ring from his hand and wrist. Mr. Villa stated that the suspects had told him not to move or call police or they would come back and kill him. Mr. Villa stated that he remained on the bedroom floor until he heard the men leave and heard a vehicle start outside and drive away. Mr. Villa stated he then got up and called police. Once he got up and went into the living room, Mr. Villa discovered that his 60” flat screen television, his leather jacket and a Japanese style Katana sword had also been stolen. Mr. Villa was not seriously harmed in the incident.

Clovis Police arrived on-scene within a few minutes of the 911 call and began searching the area for the described suspects. A Clovis Police Officer in the area responding to the call saw a maroon Nissan Maxima run a stop sign at MLK and Cesar Chavez coming from the area about a half mile from the scene. The Officer followed the car to the 900 block of Cypress Street where the vehicle stopped and several subjects ran from the vehicle. Two of the subjects from the car were captured by Clovis Police. The two men, identified as 22 year-old Marco Rivera and 22 year-old Leeroy Martinez of Clovis, were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery and Conspiracy To Commit Aggravated Burglary; second and third degree felonies respectively. Some of the stolen items were recovered from the suspects and the aluminum bat and an air-soft assault style rifle were recovered from the suspect vehicle. Detectives are working to identify the other suspects that fled the vehicle.

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, 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 ( Wednesday, 06 February 2013 13:06 )

Release Date:  02/04/13

Incident Type: DWI Saturation Patrols Scheduled for February 2013

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

On February 6th, 9th, 14th, and 22nd Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a 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 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!


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Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2013 11:28 )


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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