Man accused of shooting at police held without bond; two others charged

Man accused of shooting at police held without bond; two others charged

From the Las Vegas Optic

A Springer man accused of shooting at a New Mexico State Police officer in Las Vegas last month will be held without bond until trial. Two women have also been arrested and charged as accomplices, according to court records.

Shaun A. Kemp, 22, was arrested in Raton on Jan. 30 after he voluntarily surrendered to officers with the Raton Police Department. Police had been searching for him since Jan. 18 following a traffic stop where police allege Kemp ran from officers, and fired at least one shot at an officer. He was booked into the Colfax County Detention Center.

Betty Lou Mascarenas, 43, of Las Vegas, and Eliza Trujillo, 21, of Springer, have each been charged with one count of harboring or aiding a felon. Mascarenas was arrested Feb. 5 and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. Trujillo was arrested Tuesday and booked into SMCDC.

Police say Trujillo admitted to being the driver of a vehicle that State Police officers attempted to pull over on Jan. 18, initiating a short chase. That chase ended when Trujillo struck a curb, causing damage to the car’s tire. During the chase, Trujillo ran multiple stop signs and drove carelessly through Las Vegas, according to a statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

The damaged car came to a stop along Independence Avenue where Kemp exited the vehicle and fled on foot, according to State Police.

Officer Levi Lujan pursued Kemp on foot. During the foot chase, Kemp “brandished a firearm and discharged it,” according to an affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

Officer Lujan fired “at least one round” at Kemp, according to a State police press release, but Kemp was not struck and he fled the area.

Officer Lujan was placed on standard administrative leave following the shooting, but returned to full duty Feb.1, according to Officer Dusty Francisco, a State Police spokesman.

Investigators went to Mascarenas’ home on Jan. 21, according to an affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court, after receiving a tip that Kemp may be at her home. She told police Kemp was “like a son” to her, but said she didn’t know where he was.

After his arrest, Kemp admitted to police he’d had a gun on him the night of Jan. 18, according to an arrest affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court. Kemp told police several people had assisted him in evading arrest, and that Mascarenas had driven him to multiple locations.

When investigators spoke with Mascarenas, she admitted to driving Kemp to various locations, and to allowing him to stay with her at her home, according to the affidavit. She said she didn’t let him stay long because she was afraid police would look for him there, and so she asked him to leave.

Kemp has a lengthy criminal history in New Mexico, including an April 2020 conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a household member.

He was convicted of possession of methamphetamine and cocaine in March 2020, and due to the new charges filed against him, the case has been reopened by the court. Kemp is scheduled to appear in Eighth Judicial District Court March 1 for a hearing to determine if he violated the terms of his probation in the case.

Kemp is awaiting trial on car theft charges filed in January 2020, and he now faces charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and resisting, evading or obstructing arrest stemming from the Jan. 18 incident.

Last week, prosecutors in the Fourth Judicial District filed a motion asking the court to hold Kemp in jail until trial. The court granted pretrial detention at a hearing on Tuesday, and ordered Kemp to be held without bond. The order also stipulates that Kemp could still be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Kemp is in custody at the Colfax County Detention Center where he’s being held on warrants, according to Fourth Judicial District Attorney Tom Clayton.

Kemp is scheduled to appear in Fourth Judicial District Court March 16 for a trial in the auto theft case.

Mascarenas remained in custody at SMCDC as of this writing. During a hearing Monday, Judge Christian Moñtano set bond for Mascarenas at $5,000. She is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court Thursday for a hearing to review her conditions of release. She is also scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Trujillo appeared in Magistrate Court on Wednesday where Judge Moñtano set bond at $5,000. Trujillo remained in custody as of this writing. Trujillo is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court Thursday for a hearing to review her conditions of release. She is also scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Feb. 23.