Release Date: 10/15/2014
Incident Type: US Bank Armed Robbery Suspect And Accomplice Arrested In Clovis, NM
Contact Person: Captain Patrick Whitney, Support Services Division Commander/PIO, 575-763-9436
Clovis, NM – October 15, 2014 - On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at approximately 9:38am, Clovis Police Officers responded to 2501 North Prince in reference to a Bank Robbery. A US Bank employee called Clovis Police with information regarding an unknown male wearing blue jeans, green camouflage jacket, and a green mask, who had entered the US Bank, brandished a silver handgun and demanded money. An unknown amount of cash was given to the suspect and he left the area heading south on foot.
During the evening of October 14, 2014, several tips were received via TipSoft, Curry County Crime Stoppers and other Social Media implicating different people in the armed robbery of the US Bank in Clovis. Clovis Police Investigators followed up on several of these tips leading Officers to the home of a 59 year-old Clovis resident named Richard Little in the 200 Block of Redwood Street in Clovis in search of a suspect by the name of Matthew Gonzales, a 25 year-old resident of Clovis, NM.
Mr. Richard Little was questioned about the whereabouts of Mr. Matthew Gonzales and his interactions with Mr. Gonzales the morning of October 14, 2014 when the bank robbery occurred. While Officers were at the residence of Mr. Little, several hundred dollars of the marked stolen money from US Bank were recovered from the residence as well as the vehicle belonging to Mr. Little. A two-toned semi-automatic pistol matching the gun used in the bank robbery was also recovered in Mr. Little’s residence. Based on the evidence gathered at Mr. Little’s residence and out of his vehicle, an arrest warrant for felony Receiving Stolen Property over $500 was approved by the 9th Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb and Mr. Little was placed under arrest and booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center.
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at approximately 10:00 am, Clovis Police Officer Russ Gould located Mr. Matthew Gonzales walking at 7th and Cameo Streets. Mr. Gonzales was asked to come speak with Clovis Police Detectives and he agreed. Upon being questioned by Clovis Police Detectives about the bank robbery, Mr. Matthew Gonzales made a full confession as being the man that robbed the US Bank at gunpoint in Clovis on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 and implicated Mr. Richard Little as a co-conspirator in the bank robbery as well by driving the “get-away” car and profiting from the robbery by counting and keeping some of the stolen money.
An arrest warrant for Mr. Matthew Gonzales for Armed Robbery, 2 Counts of Aggravated Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Tampering with Evidence was approved by 9th Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Mr. Gonzales will be booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on these charges. In addition, District Attorney Reeb approved further felony charges on Mr. Richard Little of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Accessory to Armed Robbery and Tampering with Evidence.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:36 )
Release Date: 10/08/2014
Incident Type: Home Invasion Suspect Arrested
Contact Person: Sergeant Daron Roach, 575-763-9427
On October 5th 2014 approximately 6:21am Clovis Police Officers responded to the 600 block of Kathie in reference to a home invasion and a battery victim. Upon arrival officers discovered a 74 year old male had been physically harmed after an unknown suspect entered his garage. The victim had left the residence to retrieve breakfast and returned opening his garage door and entering. The victim began to shut the door when he heard the garage door shutter and begin to reopen. The victim turned around just in time to notice a male subject running at him, jumping up and kicking him. After the initial attack, the suspect started to strike the victim multiple times.
The victim began to fight back when his spouse heard a noise and went to the garage. The wife tried to assist her husband get the suspect off of him, when she was struck in the face she then obtained a broom. The husband told her to get a gun from inside the residence. The suspect ran from the scene in an unknown location leaving behind a necklace. Victims were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for minor injuries and released.
Clovis Police Officer Amanda Boren was sent to the 3000 block of Cesar Chavez around 10:00am in reference to a stolen necklace. As Officer Boren was obtaining information she noticed the description of the necklace was similar to the necklace found on scene from Kathie. Officer Boren noticed the story given was not neither matching nor was believable. Detective Munoz was called to the location and interviewed the owner of the necklace. During the investigation Officers determined Sam Nathavong was a possible suspect in the incident on Kathie. Sam Nathavong was transported to the Clovis Police Department where he was re-interviewed and arrested for Aggravated Burglary (Commit Battery, 2nd degree felony) Burglary (4th degree felony). With the observation of Officer Boren, Detective Munoz, and video surveillance from a neighbor on Kathie this incident is closed and awaiting Court proceedings.
Anyone having any information about suspicious activity 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.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:07 )
Release Date: 09/19/2014
Incident Type: Suspect Jorge Ray Corona Arrested By Clovis Police For Aggravated Assault Of Two Men On September 18, 2014 At 4:25 pm.
Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416
Clovis, NM – September 19, 2014 – On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm, Clovis Police were dispatched to 1712 East Grand Street in reference to a Public Affray Fight in progress call. The caller told the police dispatcher a man she identified as “George Corona” tried to stab her husband with a screwdriver.
Once Officers arrived on scene, they interviewed the victims and witnesses. Victims Gregory Loya and Sergio Berumen-Franco told police officers the suspect Jorge Ray Corona drove up in a silver Dodge Journey and got out of his car and confronted Loya in the yard. Sergio Berumen-Franco said he put himself in-between Loya and Corona in an attempt to stop any physical fighting. Sergio Berumen-Franco said he pushed Corona backward to Corona’s car and Corona got halfway in the car when he started driving off and hit Sergio Berumen-Franco with the B pillar of the driver door.
Gregory Loya and Sergio Berumen-Franco told police officers the suspect Jorge Ray Corona drove down the street, stopped and spoke quickly with people in another vehicle down the street and turned around and came back to the house and got out of the car armed with a 8” – 10” long screwdriver in his hand and began cussing at the two men while closing distance on them with the screwdriver in hand. Gregory Loya and Sergio Berumen-Franco told police officers the suspect Jorge Ray Corona began chasing after them with the screwdriver in hand. Loya and Franco split up as they ran way to flee from Corona, who was chasing them with the screwdriver in his hand. Franco armed himself with a tree branch and returned to his yard and called for Loya to return. Franco confronted Corona with the tree branch to defend himself and Loya in the yard. Franco and Loya stated Corona turned around and went back to his car and left.
About 20 minutes later a Clovis Police Officer located suspect Corona and his silver Dodge Journey vehicle in the 2400 block of Sheldon Street as Corona was walking away from his vehicle. Corona was placed under arrest for two counts of Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Clovis Police Department for questioning. A search warrant was conducted on the vehicle Corona was driving. The screwdriver the victims described in the assault was found and retained as evidence.
Jorge Ray Corona was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center in Clovis and was being held on a $10,000 Cash or Surety Bond.
Release Date: 09/17/2014
Incident Type: Clovis Police Administration Investigating Arrest And Use of Force During August 2014 Traffic Stop
Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416
Clovis, NM – September 17, 2014 – Clovis Police Administration and Supervisors have been reviewing a Use of Force Report, Arrest Reports and accompanying incident video in an on-going preliminary inquiry of use of force since early August stemming from an August 3, 2014 traffic stop and arrest by a Clovis Police Officer.
Based upon the preliminary inquiry and recommendations of police supervisors through the chain of command, which has been on-going since the incident occurred on August 3, 2014, a formal Internal Affairs Investigation has been initiated by the Office of Professional Standards to investigate if any Clovis Police Department Policy, Regulation or Procedure has been violated in the case by the Officer involved. The Clovis Police Officer involved in the arrest and use of force case was placed on limited duty and removed from working in the public until the conclusion and outcome of the formal investigation.
The investigation into this matter was initiated internally in August by the Officer’s chain of command of supervisors after routine review of the Officer’s daily incident reports and use of force reporting. There has been no complaint received from the arrested party in this case.
All allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated by the Clovis Police Department, whether a potential issue is discovered internally or received from a citizen complaint. The appropriate action is taken regardless of the people involved. As with any investigation, it takes time to conduct a fair and impartial investigation while abiding by constituted law and department policies. New Mexico State Statute, Article 14 – Peace Officer’s Employer-Employee Relations Act, 29-14-1 through 29-14-11, dictates the rules about how a peace officer is to be treated by an employer when under an investigation for an administrative matter and that Officer’s rights, roles and responsibilities under the Act.
Due to the personnel issues involved, there will be no comment made about the on-going internal investigation until a thorough investigation has been conducted and an adjudication of the investigation has been completed.