SANTA FE, N.M. — A truck abandoned in the Lowe’s Supermarket in Chama was linked to a home invasion and attempted homicide in Colorado in which a homeowner’s throat was cut, according to a police affidavit.
The affidavit used to obtain a search warrant states that the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office was called on June 15 to investigate a 2003 Ford pickup parked in the supermarket lot.
The truck had been there for about a week.
The caller told Deputy Lorenzo Aguilar that he saw two men he believed to be either Hispanic or Native American take a chain saw from the back of the truck.
When the deputy ran the truck’s plates through a police database, he learned that the vehicle was reported stolen from Antonito, Colo.
The deputy saw blood on the driver side floor board as well as a bloody white towel stuffed under the driver seat.
The deputy was assisted with the truck by State Police officer Luis Martinez, who said that, according to a be-on-the-lookout notice, the suspect in the stolen truck case was a Hispanic man with a large gash on his hand.
Aguilar spoke to an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, who said the vehicle was taken by a suspect who broke into a home in La Jara, south of Alamosa not far from the state line.
The suspect slashed the homeowner’s throat and took a cell phone so that the homeowner could not call 911.
This man may have cut himself on his right hand in a struggle with the homeowner and he was losing a lot of blood.
According to information from Rio Arriba sheriff’s spokesman Jake Arnold, that break-in occurred at about 5 a.m. on June 8. He said the homeowner was not fatally injured in the attack. Arnold said the suspect left the La Jara home for the town of Antonito, Colo., where he took a municipal truck.
Arnold was not sure how Colorado police made the connection between the two crimes.
A message left at the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, seeking more information about the suspect and whether he could still be at large, was not returned. A New Mexico State Police spokesman did not have any information Thursday afternoon about the case.
The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper reported that the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was a Hispanic male between 5-feet-4-inches and 5-feet-7-inches high, who had short brown or black hair.