Category: Crime

Father charged in 2020 sexual assault of 5-year-old daughter

Father charged in 2020 sexual assault of 5-year-old daughter

From the Las Vegas Optic A Pecos man has been charged with criminal sexual contact with a minor, nearly a year after police were first notified of the sexual assault involving his 5-year-old daughter. Lester Ortiz, 45, was arrested March 12 and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on one count of second-degree…

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Motive remains elusive as 14-year-old charged in Villanueva slayings

Motive remains elusive as 14-year-old charged in Villanueva slayings

From the Las Vegas Optic A 14-year-old Las Vegas boy has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the February killings of two men from Villanueva. Enrique Duran-Garcia was arrested March 8 in Albuquerque. During a March 10 detention hearing in District Court in Las Vegas, Duran-Garcia was ordered to be…

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WLVS employee charged with possession of meth

WLVS employee charged with possession of meth

From the Las Vegas Optic A traffic stop resulted in a West Las Vegas Schools employee being arrested on charges of possessing methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Orlando L. Lefebre, 40, of Las Vegas, was arrested Feb. 26 following a traffic stop on Seventh Street in Las Vegas. Lefebre is the program specialist for WLV’s Consolidated Federal…

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Suspect in murder of ‘Skip’ to remain jailed until trial

Suspect in murder of ‘Skip’ to remain jailed until trial

From the Las Vegas Optic The man charged in the stabbing death of 71-year-old William “Skip” Smith Jr. in the summer of 2019 will remain in jail until the case goes to trial, according to Fourth Judicial District Attorney Tom Clayton. Seig Isaac Chavez, 41, was arraigned in District Court on Monday, clearing the way…

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Man charged in rape of 15-year-old girl

Man charged in rape of 15-year-old girl

From the Las Vegas Optic An 18-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl at his west side home. Ivan Trujillo, 18, was arrested Feb. 12 and was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, charged with second-degree criminal sexual penetration. The girl told police she was running on a…

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Police release shooter’s name, possible motive in January slaying

Police release shooter’s name, possible motive in January slaying

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas police have named the man who shot and killed 27-year-old Leroy Salazar, and the department has offered a possible motive, but to date, charges have not been filed and the investigation continues. LVPD received a call of shots fired the evening of Jan. 18 and responded to Salazar’s…

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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. aun A. Kemp, 22, was arrested in Raton on Jan. 30…

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‘Too much violence’: A challenge to do good things in the wake of a tragic loss

‘Too much violence’: A challenge to do good things in the wake of a tragic loss

From the Las Vegas Optic The snowy evening of Jan. 18 ended in violence when 27-year-old Leroy Phillip Salazar was shot outside his home near Seventh Street and Mountain View Drive. By morning, Salazar was dead and a second man had been transported to a hospital in Albuquerque to be treated for injuries related to…

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Treatment ordered for robbery suspect, new charges for accomplice

Treatment ordered for robbery suspect, new charges for accomplice

From the Las Vegas Optic A man charged with committing violent robberies is receiving court-ordered treatment for addiction while his girlfriend, who is also charged in a number of robberies, has been arrested again. Brian J. Sandoval, 19, and Adamina R. Esquibel, 20, who were both arrested in October, have since been released from jail…

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