Cops and courts: Portales man sentenced for aggravated assault

A Portales man was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fourth-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, also a fourth-degree felony.

Julian Carrasco, 37, was found guilty Thursday by Roosevelt County Jury.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred March 17, 2003, when prosecutors say the defendant began a vehicle chase with three teenagers. Prosecutors say Carrasco pulled in front of the victims’ vehicle, exited his truck and pointed a gun at the three teenage boys.

The defendant said he believed some kids had done damage to his property, and when he saw the vehicle drive by, he assumed it was them, said District Attorney Matthew Chandler.

It was a lengthy chase that lasted several miles, Chandler said.

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The Clovis Police Department will be providing free gun locks to the public as part of Project Safe Child, a nationwide firearm safety education and gun lock program.
According to a press release from the program, Project Safe Child will distribute about 242,000 free gunlocks across New Mexico.

Clovis officers were providing the gun locks on Saturday at the North Plains Mall. However, those interested in receiving the gun locks may obtain them at the Clovis Police Department while supplies last.

Project Safe Child is funded by a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Starting Monday and running through May 16, officers in the Clovis Police Department will be participating in a DWI “superblitz” operation, according to a press release from the department. Officers will be performing saturation patrols and checkpoints in the area.

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District Attorney Matthew Chandler said Saturday that five of the six sex offenders who were in noncompliance of state registration laws during a police sweep have been located.

The week-long check found six of the 67 registered sex offenders in Curry County were in compliance with the law.

The only sex offender who still unaccounted for is Fredrick Baca, 23, the district attorney said. His registered address is 901 E. Brady St.

Todd Boswell, 37, was arrested in Illinois on a warrant for absconding issued by local law enforcement.

Jonah Fletcher, 24, and Billy Griffin turned themselves in, and were in the area, Chandler said.

Henry Parmenter was located in a Texas nursing home.
Robert Spadt, 47, was arrested and released before the original press release for the operation went out to media agencies.

Chandler said interested citizens may contact Senior Investigator Terry Mulligan at the district attorney’s office at 769-2246 to report on Baca’s whereabouts.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: david_irvin@link.freedom.com