June 9, 2015
On Saturday, June 6th 2015, at approximately 11:08 p.m., Hobbs Police Officers responded to the 1100 block of North Greenacres in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon their arrival they learned that 24 year old Joshua Puente, of Hobbs, forced his way into a residence and then refused to allow two adult females and their children to leave. Some time later he allowed one of the females and her child to leave the residence and she called 911. When Officers arrived they learned that the other female and her two children were gone.
The investigation revealed that Puente had taken the female and her children, against their will, to a motel in Seminole, Texas. After Puente fell asleep she was able to leave with her children and call Seminole Police Department.
An arrest warrant was issued for Puente and he was later located in the 1700 block of North Penasco where he was arrested. Puente is currently being held at the Hobbs City jail on an $80,000.00 bond. His current charges are Kidnapping (1st Degree Felony), False Imprisonment (4th Degree), and Breaking and Entering (4th Degree Felony).
If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Hobbs Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 575-397-9275.
June 6, 2015
On Friday, May 29, 2015, at approximately 10:30 pm Hobbs Police Officers responded to the Dollar General located at 500 E. Bender in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. Through the investigation it was learned that two masked subjects, wearing all black and gloves, arrived at the store at closing time. One of them had a pistol and forced an employee to open the safe. One of the suspects then retrieved approximately $3,000.00 in cash and both subjects fled the store in a silver Dodge pick-up westbound on Bender.
Investigators learned that one of the Dollar General employees, 27 year old Nuvia Valenzuela of Hobbs, was dating 26 year old Anthony Quiroz of Hobbs. On prior occasions, she had been seen being picked up from work in a silver Dodge pick-up driven by Quiroz, similar to the one used in the robbery. Valenzuela ultimately admitted to being involved in the robbery, along with Quiroz.
On Monday June 1, 2015, Valenzuela was arrested for an outstanding warrant, charging her with the offense of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery (3rd degree Felony). She is currently being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
An outstanding arrest warrant has been issued for Anthony Quiroz charging him with Robbery (2nd Degree Felony), Conspiracy to Commit: Robbery (3rd Degree Felony), and Felon in Possession of a Firearm (4th Degree Felony). Quiroz has not been located at this time.
The second masked suspect has yet to be positively identified.
If you have any information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Anthony Quiroz, please contact the Hobbs Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 575-397-9275 or Lea County Crime Stoppers at (575) 393-8005.
June 1, 2015
The Hobbs Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols throughout the month of June 2015. These checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted at undisclosed locations in an effort to locate persons operating motor vehicles under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
Pre Incident Plan Program
The Hobbs Fire Department has begun updating contact information and detailed site plans of all businesses within the City of Hobbs. This is an annual process the department conducts in order to have current information available in the event of an emergency. These updated plans will be scanned into our database and utilized by the staff of the Hobbs Fire Department. The responding personnel will utilize this information to better assess the needs of the incident and determine the resources needed to mitigate the issue.
The information gathered and the responsibilities of the crew initiating the Pre-Incident plan will vary according to the building occupancy and overall size of the structure. Fire crews will be visiting area businesses to gather the information for the Pre-Incident plan. It is important to keep in mind this is not an inspection and is primarily for the response considerations and emergent efforts of our responding personnel. The pre-incident planning process also plays a vital role in our Insurance Service Office rating which could potentially affect fire department funding and insurance policy rates within the City of Hobbs.
We appreciate the cooperation of all business owners and citizens with respect to this process. The Hobbs Fire Departments commitment and overall concern for the community will continue to be important as we move forward. If you have any further questions or need additional information please contact Captain Paul Thompson at 575-397-9308.
May 27, 2015
Hobbs Police Department is looking for individuals interested in being a Police Officer. Starting salary with no experience is $22.28 per hour. Anyone who is interested is asked to contact Officer Stone at 397-9381 or go to Human Resources at City Hall on Broadway for information and an application. The City of Hobbs is an Equal Opportunity Employer
May 21, 2015
On Wednesday, May 20th, Officers from the Hobbs Police Department arrested 38 year old Mark Laster of Hobbs on 2 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children- Manufacturing (each 2nd degree Felonies) and 18 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children- Distribution (each 3nd degree Felonies).
The arrest stems from a joint investigation between the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the Hobbs Police Department, in which it was determined Laster was downloading and viewing child pornography. Hobbs detectives executed a search warrant at Laster’s residence, in the 1200 block of East Michigan, where a laptop computer and compact discs containing child pornography were seized. Laster is currently being held on a $280,000 bond.
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Traffic Congestion on North Turner
Hobbs Police Department would like to remind citizens to drive with caution due to the high number of vehicles on North Turner from Sanger to Grimes Streets. Drivers are asked to slow down and make sure there is ample distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. The center lane is for left turning only. It is not a merge lane.
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