On Monday July 10, 2023, at approximately 5:10 PM, Officers of the Belen Police Department were dispatched to the Family Dollar Store on South Main St., reference an alarm call. While responding to the call, officers were advised by dispatch that the manager of the store was also on scene and had discovered that someone had entered the store by knocking a hole through the back of the building.
As officers arrived on scene, they conducted a search of the building but did not find anyone inside. Officers did locate several items of evidence that were left behind at the point of entry. These items included burglary tools. All items of evidence were collected, and witnesses were interviewed.
Through investigation, officers were able to identify three suspects. We were able to make contact with a male suspect identified as 25-year-old Belen resident Kiely McCabe. This subject was interviewed and subsequently arrested and charged with Burglary, Criminal Damage to Property and Conspiracy. Two other suspects were identified and charged with Burglary and Conspiracy. Arrest warrants have been issued. These subjects are Identified as Jessica Paz and Bobby Perea Jr. both from Belen.
These subjects are currently suspects in several other burglaries and for property crime.
During the early morning hours of Tuesday July 11, 2023, officers were dispatched to the area of the 1100 block of West Ross Ave, reference to a vehicle theft in progress. The vehicle was described as a green Kia Soul. As officers were approaching the area, they observed the vehicle East bound on Reinken Ave. Officers engaged their emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop. With the officer in pursuit, the vehicle turned onto South bound Main St. and traveled to Camino Del Llano where it turned west bound. The vehicle turned North bound onto I-25 and then turned East bound onto i-25 Bypass. Officers disengaged the pursuit but maintained a visual on the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle turned North bound onto Highway 314. As the vehicle was attempting to negotiate the turn, it lost control and crashed into a Jersey barrier on the east side of the roadway. Officers observed two subjects exit the vehicle and proceed to jump the barrier and run from the scene. As the driver of the vehicle was running, he dropped several items, one of which appeared to be a handgun. As the subject was attempting to pick up the firearm there was what appeared to be a single negligent discharge into the ground. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the subjects.
Belen Police Detectives conducted the investigation into this case. Through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify the two suspects. Due to these suspects being juveniles, their names will not be released. The two suspects have been charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Fleeing, one suspect was charged with the additional charges of possession of a handgun by a minor and negligent use of a firearm.
These juveniles are currently suspects in several other auto burglaries and property crimes.
On Monday July 10, 2023, at approximately 6: 31 PM, Officers were dispatched to a call of Shots Fire in the area of 6th Street and Becker Ave. As officers were approaching it was learned that one of the involved parties had wrecked his vehicle at the corner of Fifth St. and Dalies Ave.
When officers made contact with this subject, they were advised that the male subject had been patronizing a local business on Becker Ave. near 6th Street. as he stepped forward to be served next, another male subject also stepped forward stating that he was next. This escalated into a verbal confrontation and then into a physical altercation. The owner of the business advised both to leave the business. The male who officers had contact with left the business and entered his vehicle, which was parked on the East side of the business. As he was pulling onto Becker Ave. to turn East bound, he observed the other subject open the door to a white in color Dodge Challenger he produced a black in color handgun and fired several shots at the other subject. The victim’s vehicle was struck a minimum of three times.
As the victim continued to drive away, the suspect entered the White Dodge Challenger and began to follow the victim. As the victim was attempting to get away from the suspect, he wrecked his vehicle.
Using Police Data Bases, interviews with witnesses and the use photo line ups, the suspect in this case has been identified as 25-year-old David Cervantes, From Veguita.
An arrest warrant has been issued, if anyone has information as to the whereabouts of David Cervantes, please contact Detective Sgt. Mario Vallejos. Please do not attempt to apprehend, as this subject is believed to be armed and dangerous. David Cervantes is known to drive a 2019 White Dodge Challenger with Black Rims. NM License Plate # BBYF07.
Belen Police Department handled 244 Calls for service
- 6 total arrests
- 4 arrest warrants
- 22 reports.
- 30 Citations