Juvenile Captured In White Rock Faces 14 Counts

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has issued the following details related to the juvenile apprehended this morning in White Rock:

Today at approximately 8:36 a.m., police responded to a possible trespassing issue in the 100 block of Grand Canyon in White Rock.

Cpl. Ben Irving arrived on scene and attempted to speak with two juvenile males. In attempting to do so, both juveniles fled from Cpl. Irving, which initiated a foot pursuit of the juveniles. One of the juveniles who fled was a 15-year-old possible runaway who was a suspect in a aggravated burglary case that included firearms. Police identified him as a transient who is not from Los Alamos but has Los Alamos ties.

During the course of the pursuit, one of the juveniles returned to the scene on Grand Canyon and met with other officers. The possible runaway continued to flee and disappeared a short time later.  Officers set up a perimeter and a search was initiated. Officers also learned from talking with other juveniles at the scene that the juveniles who were suspects in stealing the firearms, also had shot a vehicle several times on Grand Canyon earlier this morning.  

Officers did respond to a location on Grand Canyon where an older model Jeep Cherokee appeared to be shot with a possible firearm. During this investigation, a slug was located in the vehicle confirming what was earlier suspected.

Additional officers were called to the scene as well as a request to the New Mexico State Police for tactical and air support. The police department initiated the “Code Red” system alerting Los Alamos residents of a possible armed individual in the area who was fleeing from officers. Pinon and Chamisa schools were put on lock down while officers combed the area. 

In the course of the investigation, officers were able to pinpoint a location of the suspect. Once officers surrounded the residence, the suspected individual came out of the back of the residence and fled from the scene as officers pursued him. A short time later, Deputy Chief Jason Herrera and Cpl. Irving apprehended the individual after a lengthy foot pursuit through many streets and back yards in the Aster, Rover and Grand Canyon area.

The investigation did uncover a location to a few of the stolen firearms. These guns were recovered as well as a handgun at the original scene of the trespassing.

“Los Alamos police officers worked diligently to capture this individual who posed a threat to this community” Cmdr. Preston Ballew said. “We take pride in having a great community to live in and we will not tolerate this type of reckless disregard for our citizens and their property.”

This juvenile will be charged with the following:

  • Aggravated Burglary 
  • Felony larceny of firearms (4-counts)
  • Shooting from a motor vehicle
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Criminal damage to property
  • Resisting/evading an officer
  • Shoplifting
  • Criminal Trespass 
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Minor in possession of handgun

This juvenile is being held at the Santa Fe Youth Detention Center and this case remains active pending future arrests linked to this incident.


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