Crime & Courts

Crime & Courts

Piecing it together: Picture of June homicide takes shape as DA continues investigation

She was near the front door when the shot was fired. A single bullet pierced the man’s rib cage, just below his right armpit. “They got me,” 27-year-old Cruz Gallegos said as he stumbled past her, through the front door and into the darkness of the early June morning, hours before sunrise. The shooter then pointed the gun at her…. READ MORE

Federal agency alleges someone within LVPD aided drug trafficker

For more than a year, the Drug Enforcement Administration has been investigating, and attempting to disrupt, the flow of illegal drugs into Las Vegas, a search warrant affidavit filed in U.S. District Court shows…. READ MORE

Smoking Gun: Man ID’d in 2018 deadly shooting remains free

On a cold Sunday morning, just 21 days into 2018, the sound of gunfire shattered the peace in a small west side neighborhood nestled between Luis E. Armijo Elementary and an Allsup’s convenience store. A man reported the incident to police dispatchers at 10:44 a.m. “There’s been a shooting. They just killed someone,” the caller told a dispatch operator…. READ MORE

A summer of secrets: Police provide little information on multiple homicides, while skirting state law |

Following a particularly violent summer, the Las Vegas Police Department is investigating four homicides and one non-fatal shooting. To date, charges have been filed in just one case. Police have provided the public with very little information on these incidents, and have denied three open records requests… READ MORE

AG determines PD, city violated sunshine laws

The City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Police Department violated state law, according to determinations issued last week by the Office of the Attorney General. In a series of determination letters sent to city officials, the OAG concluded that the City of Las Vegas violated portions of both the Inspection of Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act, and warned the city that continued violations could result in criminal charges… READ MORE

Federal warrant names suspects in Las Vegas homicides
| Sept.

A recently unsealed search warrant filed in U.S. District Court shines some light on a deadly summer in Las Vegas…. READ MORE

July homicide drew FBI attention to Las Vegas

Agents and officers from several law enforcement agencies executed more than 20 search warrants on Sept. 19, raiding multiple homes and one business in Las Vegas. The raids were part of a federal investigation that began nearly five years ago, but recently-unsealed court documents reveal that Las Vegas wasn’t a target of the investigation until the July 22 slaying of Leroy “Smurf” Lucero…. READ MORE

Man breaks into Plaza Hotel to steal TV, take shower
| Aug.

A Las Vegas man’s getaway wasn’t clean, but at least he was. Las Vegas Police say 30-year-old Ignacio E. Gallegos broke into a room at the Plaza Hotel, apparently took a shower, then removed a 50-inch television from the wall… READ MORE

Beloved Northern New Mexico singer killed in Santa Fe shooting
| July

Award-winning singer and songwriter Ernestine Romero and her husband, Jessie Saucedo, were found dead in Santa Fe Thursday afternoon. Romero had just celebrated her birthday a day before… READ MORE

One dead, one in custody following weekend shootings
| Aug.

Las Vegas Police responded to two shootings Saturday — a half hour apart — that left one man dead and a second in the hospital. The latest violence marks the city’s fourth shooting and third unsolved homicide in seven weeks…. READ MORE

Man shot, killed outside Las Vegas home
| July

Las Vegas Police are investigating the city’s second homicide in just over four weeks. According to LVPD, 48-year-old Leroy “Smurf” Lucero, of Las Vegas, was shot and killed around 11:30 p.m on Monday, July 22… READ MORE

Police confirm victim in June homicide, seek unknown suspect
| July

Police have identified the man shot and killed inside a home on the city’s west side, more than a month after the slaying took place… READ MORE

Affidavit: Vegas man stole electronics from WLV Head Start program
| July

A Las Vegas man is facing 36 criminal charges, including 18 felonies, after police say he broke into West Las Vegas Schools’ Head Start buildings and stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of electronics and tools… READ MORE

Several Las Vegans nabbed in federal drug trafficking investigation

Twelve homes and a bank in the Las Vegas area were raided last week as federal authorities executed search warrants targeting drug traffickers and a well-known New Mexico prison gang… READ MORE

Suspect in Rociada slaying held without bond
| Nov.

The man accused of shooting and killing a Rociada man will remain in jail as he awaits trial. William Daniels, 60, was charged in the slaying of 46-year-old Roman Latimer Lucero after the two men got into an argument… READ MORE

Man held on murder charges following fatal shooting of Rociada man
| Oct.

A man is being held without bond following the fatal shooting of 46-year-old Roman Lucero of Rociada. William R. Daniels, 60, was arrested Saturday night following an investigation by New Mexico State Police and is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on an open count of second-degree murder…. READ MORE

Children taken from couple living in van
| Oct.

New Mexico State Police recently arrested a man and a woman on charges of child abuse after finding two children in a van with drug paraphernalia…. READ MORE

Police identify man killed in recent shooting
| Aug.

Las Vegas Police have identified the man killed last week following two shootings within minutes of each other. Marcos “Mark” L. Carrillo, 42, of Montezuma, died of a single gunshot wound…. READ MORE

Las Vegas man arrested on sex abuse charges
| Sept.

A Las Vegas man has been charged with felony criminal penetration and child abuse following a disturbance at a home in Las Vegas early Thursday morning…. READ MORE

Apparent road rage incident ends with 15-year-old shot in the head
| Jan. 29

A high-speed car chase through the streets of west Las Vegas culminated in a 15-year-old boy being airlifted to Albuquerque with a gunshot wound to the head… READ MORE

One Way Out: July homicide tied to violent New Mexico prison gang

A car horn disrupted the quiet July evening. Then came the gunshots. Three bullets that killed Leroy “Smurf” Lucero, leaving his wife without a husband, and his four children without their father. His violent death also shifted the focus of a nearly five-year-long FBI investigation to Las Vegas…. READ MORE

One man dead in Mora double shooting
| Oct. 3

New Mexico State Police are investigating a double shooting in Mora that left a man dead and sent another to the hospital. NMSP identified the man killed as Jermain R. Jennings of Rio Rancho, and according to a criminal complaint filed in Mora Magistrate Court, the man wounded was his husband, Ben Montoya Jr., also of Rio Rancho…. READ MORE