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Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department

400 Roma Ave NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Phone: (505) 468-7100

Non-Emergency: (505) 798-7000
Emergency: 911

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PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (PIO)

400 Roma Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

CONTACT:

Deputy Joseph Montiel- Public Information Officer
Jayme Fuller- Sheriff Transparency & Public Information Coordinator

PHONE: (505) 468-7375
EMAIL: JFULLER@BERNCO.GOV

June 22, 2021 BCSO Acquires New SWAT Armored Rescue Response Vehicle

I want to express my gratitude to Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca and the support of the County Commission for helping the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office obtain the necessary safety equipment to do our job. This piece of equipment will undoubtedly help make our responses to the most serious and critical incidents safer for our citizens and deputies for many years to come.”

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

June 16, 2021BCSO Homicide Unit Arrests 2020 Homicide Suspect

On June 15, 2021, the BCSO Homicide Unit obtained an arrest warrant for Jesus De La Cruz Hinojos for the murder of Raul Martinez.  Detectives located and arrested Jesus De La Cruz Hinojos at his residence without incident.

June 16, 2021Sheriff’s Office Sobriety Checkpoints and DWI Saturation Patrol Efforts to Increase During Summer Months

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols beginning now and will continue through the summer months.  

June 15, 2021 BCSO Secret Service Task Force Immobilizing Unemployment Fraud in Bernalillo County

Every BCSO Task Force Officer is currently working and prioritizing these cases due to the mass influx and affect. We will continue to build relationships with State and Federal partners to address crime more effectively within Bernalillo County.  

June 14, 2021 Special Victims Unit Arrests Former School Teacher on Sexual Abuse Charges for Fourth Victim

On June 14, 2021, Danny was arrested for the third time in reference to a fourth victim. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office at 505-798-7000.

 

June 14, 2021 BCSO Homicide Unit Arrests Man for Shooting at a Deputy

On June 11th, 2021, homicide detectives arrested Ryan Dunn on his outstanding warrant for aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and he was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center. This investigation is ongoing. The BCSO Homicide and Violent Crimes detectives have done an outstanding job investigating the incident and taking the offender into custody without incident.

March 18, 2021 Twice Convicted Felon Arrested for Possession of Three Firearms; One Stolen

“The deputies involved in this investigation did a great job taking control of a dangerous situation and handled the situation like true professionals. We are proud of our proactive team that continues to remove violent offenders off the streets of Bernalillo County.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

March 16, 2021 Violent Repeat Offender’s Twentieth Arrest in Bernalillo County; Failing to Appear and Violating Parole since 1996.

A known gang member and repeat offender, 43-year-old Raymond Vargas (Aka: Reynaldo, Gumby, Flaco, Rey, Joseph, Yao Ming), was arrested during the operation for a parole violation. Vargas has violated his parole over a dozen times since 2001 and continues to live a life of crime, after serving time in prison.

March 15, 2021 Violent Repeat Offender Arrested for 25th Time in Bernalillo County

“Our community is living in fear as violent crime rises. We need to reform our justice system to keep our streets safe and protect the law-abiding majority. We need to end the catch and release system and soft sentences so these criminals can be held accountable for their actions.” – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

March 4, 2021 February 26, 2021 GRIP Operation in Southeast Albuquerque

“We continue to do our part to make Albuquerque and Bernalillo County a safer place by staying committed to these crime fighting efforts. With your help, these operations prove to be highly effective as we arrest violent offenders, recover stolen firearms, and remove deadly narcotics from our streets.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

March 4, 2021 Repeat Offender with 18 Prior Failure to Appear Warrants is Arrested on 3 Additional Felony FTA Warrants

“We continue to do our part in making Albuquerque a safer place for families and businesses by focusing our efforts on violent repeat offenders. I appreciate the continued service and dedication of our deputies.” – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

February 25, 2021 Violent Repeat Offender with 17 Prior Probation Violations & Numerous Felony Arrests is Charged Again

“Just consequences must be implemented on violent repeat offenders. It is the rightful expectation of our citizens to feel safe, and not be left feeling vulnerable by being victimized over and over by these same offenders.” – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

February 22, 2021 Sheriff’s Office Sobriety Checkpoints and DWI Saturation Patrol Efforts to Increase

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols beginning now and will continue through the summer months. Deputies will be specifically targeting alcohol and drug-impaired drivers to reduce the number of drunk driving-related crashes and fatalities on our roadways.

February 19, 2021 Repeat Offender Arrested for 32nd Time in Bernalillo County

“The confidence of repeat violent offenders is reinforced when they are arrested over and over again with little to no consequences. This is unacceptable, and we are going to continue our fight against people who commit violent crimes and hold them accountable.” – Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

February 15, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces 25 Arrests During GRIP Operation in the Albuquerque International District.

“We continue to do our part to make Albuquerque and Bernalillo County a safer place by staying committed to these crime fighting efforts. With your help, these operations prove to be highly effective as we arrest violent offenders, recover stolen firearms, and remove deadly substances from our streets.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

February 12, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces Arrest of Two Offenders with Over 167 Pounds of Methamphetamines

“Drug addiction has heavily impacted many families in Albuquerque and poses a large threat to the safety of our community,” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. “I applaud our deputies’ commitment to keeping our families safer by patrolling our interstates that funnel deadly substances between state lines.”

February 11, 2021 Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit Arrests Local Schoolteacher on Sexual Abuse Charges

Albuquerque, NM – On February 11, 2021, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested a local schoolteacher, Danny Aldaz (45). Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III is proud of the diligent effort and collaboration between the Special Victims Unit, the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, and the Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department.

February 10, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces Arrest of Violent Repeat Offender and Convicted Felon

“The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office continues to stay committed the safety of Albuquerque as we grasp the reigns on the crime crisis by effectively locating and arresting violent repeat offenders of gun violence”, said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, “This is clearly reflected in the consistent dedication and vigilance of our deputies on the streets responding to these dangerous situations.”

February 3, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces Additional Arrest of Repeat Offender with Over 20 Prior Arrests

“We continue to do our part in making Albuquerque a safer place for families and businesses by focusing our efforts on violent repeat offenders,” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. I appreciate the continued service and dedication of our deputies.”

January 29, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces 25 Arrests During Wednesday’s GRIP Operation in Midtown Albuquerque.

“This operation was conducted in the heart of Albuquerque in support of keeping citizens safer. As the madness of the crime crisis continues to exist in Albuquerque, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office will continue our unrelenting efforts to apprehend dangerous fugitives, remove illegal firearms and narcotics from our neighborhoods, said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. “I believe collaboration policing promotes safer communities. I appreciate the hard work and the partnerships we have with NMSP, MDC, and NM Corrections.”

January 27, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces the Arrest of a Repeat Violent Offender who Held Family Hostage

“Domestic violence has escalated during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In 2020 In-the-Line of Duty law enforcement officer deaths rose 96% percent. Domestic violence incidents are amongst the most dangerous occurrences law enforcement officers handle. This outstanding arrest by field deputies is a great reminder to the public of the dangers these brave men and women face every day within the scope of their duties,” stated Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. “Albuquerque’s families and children deserve to be safe in their own homes, and we will continue to display this same level of professionalism and bravery on every high risk and violent call.”

January 26, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces the Arrest of yet Another Repeat Offender

“During the crime crisis that the city of Albuquerque is experiencing, it is important that we continue to work diligently with our community to apprehend violent repeat offenders. I appreciate the compassion and professionalism the deputy demonstrated during this arrest.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

January 25, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces the Arrest of a Repeat Violent Offender

“The confidence of repeat violent offenders is bolstered when they are arrested over and over again with little to no consequences,” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, “This is unacceptable and we are going to continue our fight so when people commit violent crimes, they are held accountable.”

January 14, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces Seizure of 2,500 Fentanyl Pills

Albuquerque, NM – On January 12, 2021, Community Action Team (CAT) Detectives and Mobile Community Action Team (MCAT) Deputies, FBI Task Force Officers, and Safe Child Detectives collaborated to serve a search warrant at 7711 Morrow NE stemming from information obtained during a previous GRIP Operation. About 2,500 Fentanyl pills, about $2,000 cash, and a firearm were recovered through the investigation.

January 13, 2021 Sheriff Manual Gonzales III Announces Arrest of Repeat Off ender in South Valley of Albuquerque

“I am tremendously proud of the hard work displayed by our Field Services Deputies each day as they successfully find and arrest repeat violent offenders in Albuquerque. ” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

January 12, 2021 Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III Announces Arrest of Repeat Offender

Robert Lucero (24), a known repeat offender, was arrested on a probation violation and additional criminal charges.

December 1, 2020 BCSO Detectives Investigating Shooting Near South Valley Albuquerque
November 27, 2020 BCSO Field Deputies Arrest Wanted Suspect in Pasadena, California Homicide

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III stated, “I would like to commend our East Area Command deputies for their proactive efforts in keeping our citizens safe. Our deputies did a great job peacefully taking this dangerous criminal into custody. Their apprehension will aid in the collaborative homicide investigation with the Pasadena Police Department.”

November 25, 2020 BCSO Homicide Detectives Solve November Homicide of Elizabeth Martinez

“On behalf of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Elizabeth Martinez. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our detectives, which I know will continue to follow the judicial process to ensure that true justice is served.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III

November 20, 2020 BCSO Detectives Investigating Homicide in Northeast Albuquerque

On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. Bernalillo County Communications received a 911 call of a shooting which occurred at a residence on Franciscan Street in Northeast Albuquerque.

November 20, 2020 BCSO BODY WORN DEVICES UPDATE

WEEK OF: NOVEMBER 20, 2020

November 13, 2020 BCSO BODY WORN DEVICES UPDATE

WEEK OF: NOVEMBER 13, 2020

November 9, 2020 BCSO Homicide Detectives Solve East Mountain Homicide

Albuquerque, NM – On November 8, 2020, at approximately 8:00 pm, BCSO Field Services Division responded to an East Mountain residence near Escabosa to conduct a welfare check on female resident Chris Neel (75), at the request of a concerned family member.

November 9, 2020 BCSO Detectives and US Marshals Service Task Force Continue to Arrest Violent Criminals in Albuquerque

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III stated, “These recent arrests highlight the severe problem with criminal justice reform in the State of New Mexico. Law enforcement continues to arrest the same criminals time and time again. These criminals are repeat offenders and contribute to the crime crisis in Albuquerque. I am proud of the hard work our agency is continuing to do throughout Bernalillo County alongside our federal partners.”

November 6, 2020 BCSO BODY WORN DEVICES UPDATE

WEEK OF: NOVEMBER 6, 2020

October 30, 2020 BCSO BODY WORN DEVICES UPDATE

WEEK OF: OCTOBER 30, 2020

October 28, 2020 Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Assigns Additional Resources to Election Security

County Clerk Linda Stover stated, “The Sheriff’s Office has my full trust and support as they work tirelessly to protect the integrity of the Bernalillo County ballots. We appreciate the excellent working relationship we have with law enforcement in our community and their proactive approach to election security when called upon by my office.”

October 24, 2020 BCSO BODY WORN DEVICES UPDATE

WEEK OF: OCTOBER 23, 2020

October 16, 2020 BCSO BODY WORN DEVICES UPDATE

WEEK OF: OCTOBER 16, 2020

October 10, 2020 BCSO BODY WORN DEVICES UPDATE

WEEK OF: OCTOBER 9, 2020

October 8, 2020 Operation Legend: BCSO Task Force Officers and Federal Agents Make Narcotics Arrest on Individual Tied to Jaqueline Vigil Murder Case

“We continue to make progress in arresting individuals linked to the Jaqueline Vigil murder case, and we are one step closer to getting the Vigil family the justice they deserve. Our priority remains combating Albuquerque’s out-of-control crime crisis to keep our children, families and businesses safe.” -Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III