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Police blotter — June 3


Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records:


• About 12:25 a.m., an officer responded to a report of a male walking down the street with a shotgun in the 1300 block of South Avenue F.

When the officer arrived, he began to check the area, and a 25-year-old woman stopped him.

She said she went to the Laundromat with her 27-year-old husband. While they were there, the couple argued and returned home separately.

The woman said they had four children, ages 7 to 3, who were spending the night at a friend’s house.

The officer said he was going to forward a report of the incident to the state Children, Youth and Families Department. He told the woman the house needed a thorough cleaning right away.

The officer took the shotgun into safekeeping at Portales Police Department. The woman left the area, saying she was going to stay at her grandmother’s house, and the man remained at their residence.

• An officer responded to a report of a possible rape about 5:35 p.m.

When he arrived at a store in the 100 block of South Avenue A, the 19-year-old female victim only told him about being battered by a 23-year-old man in her household earlier in the day at a different location.

The woman went to a safe house for battered women.


• An officer was sent to the 1100 block of North Avenue M about 12:25 a.m. to take a residential burglary report.

A 28-year-old woman said she arrived and found the front door open. She saw the door had been kicked in and her 50-inch television was taken.

The woman said nothing else was missing.

The investigation was ongoing.


An officer went to Lindsey Park about 8:30 p.m. to speak to a woman about fighting involving her son and other juveniles.

When the officer arrived, she saw a 33-year-old woman standing beside a Ford Expedition with seven juveniles.

The woman said her 14-year-old son was involved in a fight with his 15-year-old friend and the friend’s neighbors.

The 15-year-old boy said he was throwing fireworks in the parking lot by his apartment when an 18-year-old neighbor told him to stop because he was waking up children and yelled for him to come fight.

The 15-year-old said he was afraid for his life and retrieved a knife from the kitchen to protect himself. When he came out of the apartment with the knife, he said, the 18-year-old chased him behind the apartment with a bat, punched his face and walked away.

The other people involved — a 28-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and the 18-year-old man, who was their nephew — said no one chased the teenagers.

The 18-year-old said he was baby-sitting when the 15-year-old threw a firecracker at the baby’s window and woke her up. He said he asked the juveniles to stop and the 15-year-old replied, “What are you going to do about it?”

The 18-year-old said he saw the boy go inside his apartment and return with the knife. At that time, his aunt and uncle returned because a neighbor told them he was being threatened with a knife.

The uncle said he told the juveniles to leave.

The officer spoke to the 15-year-old again. He said he went to the backyard after getting the knife and the married couple chased him and his friends with baseball bats. He again said the 18-year-old punched him and then went back to the other apartment with his aunt and uncle.

The officer saw no injuries on the 15-year-old’s face.

There were no independent witnesses or physical evidence to support the conflicting stories. The 15-year-old’s mother and the married couple said they didn’t want to press charges.

Another officer arranged a meeting with the property manager to discuss how police might help with ongoing conflict at the apartments.


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