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Public Safety

  • “Ninja burglar” fled to Los Alamos

    The Santa Fe boy dubbed the “ninja burglar” for reportedly donning a hood and black clothing and wielding an axe in the course of an alleged burglary was captured on 9th Street Saturday.

    “We received an anonymous tip about 2:30 p.m. that Shalom Katz was inside apartment #15 at 1203 9th St., and we dispatched officers to that address,” Los Alamos Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “When Cpl. Larry Baker and Cpl. Alfred Roybal arrived, the suspect was sitting outside in front of the apartment.”

  • Alleged “ninja” burglar captured at local apartment

    SANTA FE (AP) – An anonymous tip led police officers to a Los Alamos apartment where they caught a young man believed to be involved in a string of crimes in Santa Fe.

    A Los Alamos police officer confirmed the identity of the 17-year-old Shalom Katz, the alleged “ninja” burglar, on Saturday afternoon.

    Katz was arrested for concealing his identity, two days after he fled his Santa Fe home as officers were en route to arrest him.

    Police say the teenage fugitive dressed as a ninja and used a hatchet to rob a jewelry store.

  • First-ever take-back drug campaign reaps tons

    The public turned in more than 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs through 4,000 take back sites across the nation Sept. 25. Locally, community members dropped off their drugs at a booth set up in the parking lot at Los Alamos Medical Center.
    “We had a great turnout, people brought us their expired prescription drugs as well as drugs from deceased family members that they didn’t know what to do with,” Det. Jeremy Duran said. “The pills we collected filled a container that was a foot and a half tall by a foot deep and a foot wide.”

  • Police Beat 10-12-10

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Sept. 30

    6:32 a.m. – A 52-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone smashed the window on his vehicle parked at an apartment complex on Canyon Road overnight and stole personal electronic equipment from inside. The estimated loss is unknown.

    Oct. 1

  • New lab allows more training for NM magistrates

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For the first time this fall, new magistrates will tour the New Mexico Department of Health's Scientific Laboratory, seeing how its toxicology division operates and how it does testing in driving-while-intoxicated cases.

    "With the emphasis on DWI and the complexity of drug testing and all the issues that have come down from the Supreme Court, it's thrown the lab in the judges' faces more than it has in the past," said lab director David Mills. "So this is a real good opportunity to help them deal with it."

  • Smash and grab suspects booked

    Los Alamos police apprehended two suspects at Anderson Overlook Friday afternoon. The men are under investigation for a series of smash and grab thefts plaguing local car owners for some time. The two 18-year-olds drove up from Santa Fe with another man and reportedly smashed the windows on several car windows and grabbed items within reach including radar detectors and GPS devices.

  • Police Beat 10-05-10

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Sept. 24

    8:50 a.m. – Moses Salazar, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested on Canyon Road and charged with driving while his license was suspended or revoked due to a DWI.     

    1:04 p.m. – A 42-year-old Los Alamos woman reported a child’s toy was taken from the yard of her residence. The estimated loss is less than $250.

  • Jemez Pueblo man accused of gruesome murder

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 22-year-old Jemez Pueblo man is facing a murder charge in the gruesome stabbing death of a fellow tribal member.

    Federal prosecutors have accused Lucas Toledo of killing 21-year-old Matthew Panana in the early hours of Sept. 29 outside his home on the Jemez reservation after Panana repeated knocked on his window while he tried to sleep.

  • Los Alamos man pleads not guilty to murder in California

    A 21-year-old Los Alamos man attending Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, Calif., is facing murder charges.

    James Torrey Hill was arrested Wednesday at his Monterey apartment after allegedly stabbing Matthew Finnigan, 26, at least once in the upper torso.

    Finnigan was flown by helicopter to a San Jose hospital about 2 a.m. and died a few hours later.

    Hill was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in Superior Court after the Public Defender’s Office was assigned to represent him.

  • Police apprehend smash and grab suspects

    Los Alamos police apprehended two suspects at Anderson Overlook Friday afternoon under investigation for a series of smash and grab thefts plaguing local automobiles in the community for some time.

    Sgt. Fred Rascon, Sgt. Preston Ballew, Det. Jeremy Duran and officers Paige Early and Chris Ross gathered evidence at the scene where the suspects, Aaron Roybal and Nathan Zamora were parked in their red Honda.

    A short time later, police captured a third suspect, Delbert Roybal, who was hiding out at Smith's Food and Drug Center on Central Avenue.