Santa Fe County Gun Violence

  • On April 30, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, police investigated a report that two teenagers fired shots in the air after stealing liquor from the Wal-Mart Supercenter. After leaving the store, the thieves were seen getting into a black Dodge Charger, from which they fired multiple rounds from firearms as they left the scene. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On April 28, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, officers believe Hunter Woods, age 16, shot another male in the abdomen at an apartment complex. The victim, who police have not identified, is in critical but stable condition at the hospital. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On April 18, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a masked man robbed a clerk at gunpoint. According to Santa Fe police report, a man dressed in black and wearing a ski mask entered the Cricket Wireless store, pulled a handgun, threatened the clerk, and demanded money. No one was injured during the robbery. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On March 21, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe police were searching for suspects in a shooting involving a car and a home. Someone who lives in the home reported the shooting. No one was injured in the shooting. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On March 21, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Miguel Angel Saenz-Pardo, age 19, shot a 31-year-old man in the parking lot of a Motel 6. The victim had arranged a marijuana deal that afternoon by phone. Saenz-Pardo drove to the motel to complete the deal and after an argument, the victim was shot in the arm and abdomen. The victim was taken to the hospital and later released. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On January 24, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Brandon Vasquez, 29 years old, was charged with shooting a firearm in his sister’s home after arguing with his girlfriend. He shot a hole through the roof and threatened to shoot “all you guys.” Three children were in the house at the time of the incident. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On January 17, 2019, in Tesuque, New Mexico, Ryan Propes, 33 years old, killed his 3-year-old son and then himself. Detectives believe a firearm was used in the killings. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On December 12, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ernest Romero, 47 years old, faces charges of aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Romero was arrested after a confrontation at a Santa Fe bus stop. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On December 7, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Patrick Marquez, 38 years old, was arrested by the police at a Santa Fe High School basketball game. He is a drug dealer and is facing felony charges of trafficking in drugs as well as charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On November 13, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Marcus Isaiah Atencio, 12 years old, is a suspect in an armed robbery of the Tractor Supply Company. Atencio is facing charges including assault and possession of cocaine. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On November 4, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, three masked men entered a unit at the San Isidro apartment complex and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. All three intruders were armed. Three adult residents of the apartment were home at the time. A male resident was struck in the head but it was a non-life threatening injury. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On October 19, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Steven Sanderson, 32 years old, pointed a gun at a bartender. According to witnesses, he was driving 80 mph to get away from the police firing shots in the air. He was arrested when he then went into a bar and pointed a gun at the bartender. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On September 26, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Richard Milan, 64 years old, was fatally shot in the leg by an unknown attacker while walking a dog. He and his wife were on a cross-country road trip from California to their home in Michigan and had stopped in Santa Fe for the night. There were no suspects. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On August 13, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe police continue to investigate an apparent shooting incident in which a car pulled over to a sidewalk and an individual fired shots at three teenage boys. No injuries were reported. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On July 13, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dylan Josiah Herrera, 18 years old, was accused of shooting Sam Leyba, 49 years old, outside his mother’s home. Deputies were told that Leyba was escorting Herrera’s mother to her home. Herrera fired a shot through the windshield of Leyba’s car, hitting him in the chest area and left arm. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On July 30, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Robert Romero, age 52, was shot and killed near Martinez Park. Romero was involved in a physical altercation outside his house with an unknown assailant and suffered a gunshot wound. The suspect ran off. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On June 12, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Floyd Swydan was arrested by a Santa Fe SWAT team. Santa Fe police said a woman told them she had been battered by her boyfriend, Floyd Swydan, and that he threatened to shoot police and possibly shoot people at Christus St. Vincent Medical Center. This prompted a lockdown of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and a shelter in place of a south-side neighborhood. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On May 23, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, reports of an armed robbery prompted a large police response and caused a hospital lockdown. According to a Santa Fe Police Department spokesman, a person walking near Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center reported being robbed at gunpoint and said the robber had taken a wallet. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On May 8, 2018, in Santa Fe New Mexico, the Santa Fe County sheriff’s office searched for Randy Branch, who is accused of pointing a gun at another driver on US/84/285, then firing twice at a deputy who pursued him. Branch is facing seven charges related to the incident, including aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On May 6, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, James Jochem, age 44, got into a physical altercation with another man at a Lotaburger. The suspect and the victim knew each other. During the altercation, it appears the victim was trying to defend himself, and that’s when the firearm went off. Police did not identify the victim. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On May 1, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lucia Baca, age 25, said he had a gun and wanted to commit “suicide by cop.” Police were called after a disturbance and found Baca on the roof of an A-1 self-storage. Santa Fe police sent a SWAT team and eventually, Baca surrendered to SWAT officers. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On April 24, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there were reports of a shooting at an apartment complex. A group of young people between the ages of 18 and 25 had been arguing outside the apartments. There were shots heard and a few men, one with a gun, ran into the building. A SWAT team was called but no one was found inside the apartment. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On March 24, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alejandro Martinez, 38 years old, argued at a park with a 37-year-old female. She went home followed by Martinez in his truck. The victim’s father came out of the house and argued with Martinez who then went to his truck and pulled out a handgun that he pointed at the woman and her 3-year-old child. The father brought out his own handgun and Martinez fled in his truck. Source: Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office
  • On March 9, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Carlos Alonso-Villa, 26 years old, was speeding. Deputies attempted to stop the speeding car. The driver would not stop and led the officer on an 80 mile per hour chase. The driver sideswiped the deputies’ car and then headed for him. The deputy fired three rounds, striking the truck. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On January 27, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alex Maestas, 26 years old, was taken into custody after an eight-hour SWAT standoff. Officers received a call that a woman had been beaten and strangled by her boyfriend. When officers attempted to speak with Maestas, he barricaded himself inside the residence with a firearm and refused to come out. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On January 11, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Manuel Moreno, age 16, and Rytzous Hawkins, age 22, and Diego Romano, age 22, were arrested by police on suspicion of armed robbery and assault. The 17-year-old victim, who sells clothing online, agreed to meet with Hawkins at a designated location to sell him shirts. He brought a friend with him. Hawkins got into the victim’s car. Two masked men told the victim and friend to get out of the car. One was armed with a rifle and the other with a handgun. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On December 8, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, police are looking for a man in connection with an armed robbery. An unknown assailant approached two men getting out of their car and asked them for a cigarette. He pulled out a gun and shot the two victims who were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On November 27, 2017, in Santa Cruz, New Mexico, Tyrone R. Davis, age 37 of Pflugerville, Texas, entered a home and told the residents to lie down as he pointed a gun at them. He tied their hands behind their back and made off with $200 in cash and other valuables. On November 28, deputies arrested Davis at the Ohkay Casino. They also booked Chimayo residents, Carmela Morena, age 23 and Manuelita Salazar, age 48, as suspected accomplices. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On November 4, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Albert Larranaga, age 50, was charged with shooting from a moving vehicle, negligent use of a deadly weapon, and two counts of abusing or abandoning a child. He reportedly fired a 9 mm handgun from the passenger side of a vehicle. No one was reported injured and there were no reports of damage to property. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On October 10, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ricardo Martinez, 27 years-old, was arrested on suspicion of robbing a New Jersey couple at gunpoint. He was a custodian assigned to clean City Hall and the Main Library. The armed robbery he’s accused of committing occurred just before his shift was over, according to a police report. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On July 31, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a member of a biker gang was arrested in the shooting of a member of another gang. The two gangs have carried on a violent feud. There was so much tension from the shooting that police ordered a lock-down at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in case members of either gang showed up. Source: The New Mexican
  • On July 19, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Anthony Benavidez, age 24, was killed by gunshots fired by two SWAT team officers. Benavidez had broken into an apartment where he had been evicted a day earlier. He had stabbed a social worker who was trying to remove him from the apartment. Officers were negotiating with him over a loudspeaker. Benavidez threw two improvised explosive devices from the window directly at the officers. No one was hurt. Police decided to enter the apartment and arrest Benavidez. As they were trying to enter, the two SWAT team officers began firing shots. Benavidez was injured and died at the hospital. It is unclear what led the officers to start firing. The state police were asked to investigate the shooting. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On June 17, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Chris Owens, age 30, a man with a criminal history, fired and killed Tim Baca. Earlier, Baca had befriended Owens. Owens is charged with murder, being a felon in possession of a weapon, and tampering with evidence. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On June 13, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, State Land Commissioner, Aubrey Dunn, discovered a bullet had been fired through the windshield of his government pickup while parked at his home. Police found street signs and stop signs in the area that had been hit by bullets. No one was injured and it looked as though suspects were either firing randomly or shooting at signs. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On May 21, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Robert Rodriguez, age 27, was handling a shotgun in an apartment when the weapon accidentally discharged and blew a gaping wound in the leg of his fiance’s mother. Police found Renee Martinez, 45 years old, unconscious. She later lost her leg at the hospital. Rodriguez turned himself in and was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and negligent use of a deadly weapon. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On March 3, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rio Arriba County sheriff, James Lujan, used a Taser to take down Tony Archuleta. Archuleta had been displaying a gun while walking near Highway 68. He made a “suicide by cop” threat by saying he would force Lujan to shoot him by pointing his gun at the sheriff. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On February 25, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Christian Orozco, 21 years old, broke into a home armed with a handgun. An amber alert was sounded and New Mexico state police and Espanola police found him after receiving a tip. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On December 22, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an armed man stole a bank deposit bag containing $8,000 from a convenience store clerk. He then ordered the worker to give him a ride across town. This robbery at a Giant gas station is the third case in December in which business employees on their way to make a bank deposit have been targeted by armed suspects. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On December 20, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a robber stole $22,000 at gunpoint from a Santa Fe Place retail store worker. As she was walking to her car on her way to deposit the money for her employer, a masked man approached her, pulled out a handgun and took the deposit bag. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On December 19, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico Caleb Calandro, age 34, shot Samuel Dillon, age 28. Dillon is in critical but stable condition. Police believe the two men knew each other. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On December 17, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe police investigated a downtown homicide. Rustin Radcliff, age 37, was shot and killed, and his body was found in a downtown parking lot. Police said the man’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On December 13, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, authorities say they were looking for a shoplifting suspect who fired a gun at a Home Depot employee. No one was injured in the shooting, and the shot was a single round from a small semi-automatic 22 caliber handgun. The man is wanted on charges of armed robbery, resisting, and evading an officer and negligent use of a deadly weapon. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On November 28, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a man stole more than $3,800 from Denny’s diner after he pulled a semi-automatic pistol from a pillowcase he was carrying. He threatened the restaurant manager’s life and demanded that he open the safe. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On November 25, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after a three-hour incident, a man died from a self-inflicted gunshot. Santa Fe County sheriff’s office spokesman said deputies went to the area after someone called to report that a family member was “distraught” over a domestic issue and had left the house with a handgun. Deputies eventually found the man’s body in an open field. He had taken his own life. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On October 27, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a man was robbed of $600 at gunpoint at Buffalo Thunder Casino. Santa Fe residents Andrea Garcia, 32, and Robert Garcia, 41, were arrested for the crime. They took his wallet and an envelope containing $600. Surveillance camera footage showed the robbery suspects. Deputies recognized them from previous arrests. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On October 25, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe police began investigating two armed robberies over a two-day period at gas station convenience stores. The first robbery occurred at a Giant Gas station. Police say a masked man walked into the store and pulled out a handgun. The clerk gave him $60 and he ran away. The second robbery happened at Allsup’s when again a gun was pulled and the robber got $43 and cigarettes. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On July 14, 2016, in Glorieta, New Mexico, a driver who Albuquerque police suspected was a fugitive facing sex crimes and domestic violence charges fatally shot himself. This ended a pursuit that began in Albuquerque and led to a standoff 70 miles north, closing a portion of I-25. When Albuquerque police officers approached the man, he rammed their cars and fled in his SUV. Officers tried negotiating with the driver. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On April 28, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, police say a man struck a store clerk on the head at a convenience store with a gun. Although the clerk was hit twice, he was not seriously injured and declined treatment. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On April 23, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe Police arrested two teenage boys, ages 14 and 16, for assaulting a woman at gunpoint. The two males are also suspected of an armed robbery that took place several hours earlier. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On March 29, 2016, in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, an armed robber held up two people. The man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at two people, wanting all the money they had. The robber fled and law enforcement scoured the neighborhood to no avail. Source: The New Mexican
  • On February 16, 2016, in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, an armed robber pointed a rifle at a store clerk at the Latinos Unidos Market on Siler Road before taking off. Officers are looking for the suspect. Source: KRQE News
  • On February 1, 2016, in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, Herman Flores, a 31-year-old man, was killed by police. Flores matched the description of a suspect who had just held up a nearby Wal-Mart at gunpoint. Investigators say shots were fired. Flores died at the hospital. Source: KRQE News
  • On December 31, 2015, in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, a man from Santa Fe jumped into the car of a Colorado mother and daughter going to Espanola for a weekend. He held a gun to the driver’s head and ordered them to drive to a bank before getting out of the car and running away. Source: Rio Grande Sun
  • On November 3, 2015, in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, a shooting took place at Buffalo Thunder Resort. No one was hurt in the shooting, which appears to have begun in the hotel’s parking lot and ended on a nearby bridge crossing at U.S. 84/285. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On November 2, 2015, in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, an 8-year-old boy was shot outside the Vista Del Rio Apartments during a drive-by shooting. Police arrested Aaron Archuleta, 27, after the shooting of the child, who was in stable condition. Archuleta drove to the apartment complex and fired 5 shots because his girlfriend got into a fist fight with another woman. One of the shots hit the boy in the shoulder. Source: KRQE News
  • On August 15, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Edwin Walters shot and killed Diego Sena. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On August 13, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe Police arrested Michael Collins after drugging and raping a woman. The woman called 911 after locking herself in the bathroom. She was screaming that he had pointed a rifle at her face. Collins is being held on two counts of kidnapping, interference with evidence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On August 25, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 30-year-old Marvin Maestes was shot and killed after leading police on a 40-mile police chase and brandishing a firearm at officers. Maestes had a warrant out for his arrest for an officer-involved shooting in Las Vegas. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On August 23, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, police arrested Jonathan Tapia for firing a gun in a home after locking up a woman and her child. He faces charges of forced imprisonment, child abuse, 2 counts of the negligent use of a firearm, and being in possession of a controlled substance. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On October 24, 2014, in Santa Fe, 13-year-old Ana Marie Ojeda and her 18-year-old boyfriend were found shot to death in a parked car in a subdivision of Santa Fe. Source: KRQE
  • In January of 2012, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Arthur Anaya shot and killed Austin Urban and 51-year-old Theresa Vigil in front of her 16-year-old daughter. The argument began over $100 in late rent. Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican
  • In March of 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Felix Martinez shot and killed his brother in the chest. He and a friend then dumped the body and the gun near the Santa Fe River. Martinez will spend less than a year in jail for the murder of his brother. Source: The New Mexican
  • On February 23, 2012, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the wife of Ethan Boyer found her husband shot and killed in their Santa Fe home. Source: The New Mexican
  • In March of 2014 in Santa Fe New Mexico, 23-year-old Meagan Sayre shot and killed Oron Giese, her 28-year-old boyfriend. Source: The New Mexican

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