Shoplifting case heads to district court

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By Tris DeRoma

A March shoplifting incident that escalated into two counts of aggravated battery will be heading to district court.
The case involves one person, Jorge Talamantes, who according to eyewitnesses, tried to steal jewelry from the Jemez House consignment shop in White Rock March 14.
When witnesses saw what he was allegedly doing and confronted him, Talamantes put the jewelry back and allegedly tried to leave the store. One of the witnesses tried to prevent him from leaving, and he allegedly injured her with the door by pushing it up against her in an effort to get away.
When he and his family made it out to his car, the same witness stood in back of his car while other witnesses tried to prevent him from leaving until police arrived.
Talamantes then allegedly backed into the witness with his car, injuring her further before taking off.
In court Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist laid out probable cause to Los Alamos County Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados on why the case should go to district court. In his argument, he emphasized the injuries the witness sustained in the altercation.