Roswell Police Department

  • Agency: Roswell Police Department
  • Address: 128 W 2nd St, Roswell, 88201 NM
  • Chief: Al Solis (Chief of Police)
Phone: 575-624-6770
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Roswell Police Department is located at 128 W 2nd St, Roswell, 88201 NM. The Chief of Police of the department is Al Solis. The Roswell Police Department phone number is 575-624-6770.

Roswell Police Department News

From our School Resource Officers sergeant: Roswell High School classes have been canceled today because of a lack of electricity at the school. The electricity was affected by a motor-vehicle accident that damaged a power pole nearby along Pennsylvania Avenue.

A 68-year-old Roswell woman died Thursday (Nov. 1) as a result of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash on Main Street at the northern end of the city. The crash that occurred just north of Berrendo Road in the 3600 block of North Main Street at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday involved a Nissan SUV and a Chevrolet pickup truck. Two people in the SUV had to be extricated by Roswell Fire Department crews using hydraulic tools (Jaws of Life). All of the people involved in the accident are from Roswell. The driver of the SUV, Peggy Moehring, suffered serious injuries in the crash, as did her two teenage passengers. The passengers were Moehring's grandchildren, a 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl. Moehring and the teens were transported to a local hospital, where Moehring died. The teenagers were flown to another medical facilty for further treatment. The driver and lone occupant of the pickup, a 37-year-old man, did not suffer any significant injuries in the crash. The cause of the crash and other details related to what happened leading up to the crash and during it remain under investigation.

UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 1, 9:45 p.m. The Main Street lanes are reopened. -------------------------- Both southbound lanes in the 3600 block of North Main Street (near Twin Diamond) are closed as RPD and RFD handle a two-vehicle accident. Three people have been transported to a hospital following the accident that occurred about 4:45 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 1).

Ramon Grado is the latest addition to Roswell's Most Wanted list. Grado is accused of biting his ex-girlfriend in the face, punching her in the head and using his hands to choke her. He is charged with four criminal counts. Please use the link here to take a look at a photo and description of this fugitive, as well as see a complete list of the charges: http://www.roswell-nm.gov/Blog.aspx?CID=1 Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Grado, or having any other information that could potentially help locate him, is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS(8477). Callers may remain anonymous and callers to Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest or conviction. RPD thanks citizens for their assistance.

Eight of the Roswell Police Department's newest officers were among the officers who graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe Friday (Oct. 26). The graduating officers (the middle eight in the photo) are (left to right) Ricardo Delgado, Raymond Snow, Gustavo Garcia, Adrian Jimenez, Joshua Kelley, Todd Sherer, Abrem Atencio and Shaye Duran. They are flanked by RPD Captain Fil Gonzales (left) and RPD Recruiting Officer Richard Romero. The latest academy graduates from RPD and other agencies throughout the state are now fully commissioned New Mexico law enforcement officers. The officers completed the 16-week training during which each completed hundreds of hours of police-officer course work on topics such as state and federal case law, crisis resolution, ethics, community policing and many other areas of study. During the academy, each cadet also was tested physically, running many miles and completing what probably seemed like innumerable push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises. Congratulations to Roswell’s newest certified law enforcement officers! We are glad to have them on our team to protect and serve our community!

RPD will be at this event to participate in the trunk-or-treat.

A Roswell man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of carjacking and firearms crimes in a case investigated by RPD and federal officials. Nathan Cole Owens faces an anticipated sentence of more than eight years. Owens, whose prior criminal history includes numerous felony convictions for violent offenses, is being prosecuted as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets violent, repeat offenders for federal prosecution. Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s district attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies involving these types of criminals in local communities. Read more about this case: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nm/pr/roswell-felon-pleads-guilty-federal-carjacking-and-firearms-charges

The public’s help is being sought as Roswell Police Department investigators try to identify a woman who shoplifted more than $200 worth of merchandise from a Family Dollar store in east Roswell and nearly struck a store employee with her vehicle as the employee was trying to take back some of the stolen items. The shoplifting and aggravated assault occurred Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Family Dollar store in the 900 block of East Second Street around 11:30 a.m. The suspect woman entered the store and filled a shopping cart with merchandise. She then walked out of the store with the cart and merchandise without paying for the goods and loaded them into the back seat of a vehicle and got into the driver’s seat. A male store employee came outside and began taking the merchandise out of the back seat of the woman’s vehicle, but the woman yelled at him to get out of the vehicle and began to move the vehicle in reverse while the man was still reaching into the vehicle. The store employee got out of the way believing the woman was going to hit him with the vehicle if he did not move. The woman continued to back up, hitting the shopping cart and then drove forward out of the parking lot. The suspect is described as a white female in her 40s or 50s with light brown or blonde hair that was in a ponytail at the time of the incident. She was wearing blue medical scrubs. The vehicle is described as a silver or light blue SUV, believed to be a Honda. Witnesses said the license plate was turquoise and included the numbers 041. (Photos of the suspect and vehicle were taken from the store’s surveillance system.) The store employee was able to recover some of the merchandise from the woman’s vehicle, but she got away with some as well. Anyone with information that could possibly help identify this suspect, or having any other information regarding this case, is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS(8477).

As trick-or-treaters prepare to roam through neighborhoods on Halloween, the Roswell Police Department offers some tips to parents and other adults to try to make sure trick-or-treating doesn’t become “scary” when it comes to safety. Please take a few moments to check out these suggestions and reminders: http://roswell-nm.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=587

RPD welcomed to its ranks Wednesday (Oct. 17), from left, Jacob Perry, Dazanique Kidd, Bryan A. Dikeman and Jeffrey Moss during a swearing-in ceremony at the police station. Chief Phil Smith administered the oaths to the latest group of officers to join the community's police force.

RPD has placed Bobbahy David Montez on Roswell's Most Wanted list. Montez is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in what is believed to be one of the latest of a series of break-ins he has carried out at the apartment. During this incident in September, Montez allegedly took the woman’s phone away from her so she could not call police and prevented her from leaving. He is also accused of previously threatening the woman to try to get her to stop pursuing a court case related to one of the prior incidents. Montez is charged with eight criminal counts. Please use the link here to take a look at a photo and description of this fugitive, as well as see a complete list of the charges: http://roswell-nm.gov/Blog.aspx?CID=1 Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Montez, or having any other information that could potentially help locate him, is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS(8477). Callers may remain anonymous and callers to Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest or conviction. RPD thanks citizens for their assistance.

Six months after a local record amount (601 pounds) of unused and expired medications was turned in by Roswell-area residents, the Roswell Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program is ready for the year’s second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offering citizens an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The public can bring unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs to the Take Back Day event Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roswell Police Department (128 W. Second St.), where the Neighborhood Watch office is located. The service is free and those bringing prescription drugs can remain anonymous, no questions asked. Please note, however, the DEA – which will dispose of the collected items – cannot accept liquids or needles; only pills or patches are accepted during this event. Learn more: http://roswell-nm.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=586

October is National Crime Prevention Month, designated as such with the intent of empowering citizens to help prevent crime in the community and make their neighborhoods safer places to live. The Roswell Police Department encourages citizens to be mindful of the simple steps they can take to help reduce crime. A lot of the crimes that take place in many residential neighborhoods are property crimes, with larcenies and burglaries among the common ones. Among the things you can do to protect your home and vehicles are installing adequate lighting in dark areas around the outside of the house, making sure door locks are strong, having a dog at home, making sure to lock vehicle doors, and not leaving valuables in vehicles. It’s relatively simple stuff that can have positive results by making yourself a tougher target for criminals. It is also important to know your neighbors so everyone can protect each other by being aware of and alert to what is taking place in the neighborhood each day. Citizens play a key role by staying alert and aware of their surroundings and notifying police when something seems out of the ordinary and suspicious. Helping members of a neighborhood make good contact with each other is part of what Neighborhood Watch can do. Anyone interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch group, setting up a presentation on crime prevention or safety practices, or taking advantage of other information and services the organization offers can call Richard Lucero at 624-6770 ext. 118, or stop by the office in the Roswell Police Department at 128 W. Second St. Additional information about home and neighborhood crime prevention and safety can be found at the National Crime Prevention Council’s website at https://www.ncpc.org/resources/home-neighborhood-safety/.

A Roswell man is charged with 14 criminal counts after a domestic dispute allegedly involved him firing gunshots into an apartment wall followed by his leading law enforcement officers on a vehicle pursuit during which he shot at officers before crashing his car east of the city, ending in his capture. Matheau Isaacs, 27, is charged with the numerous criminal counts in connection with the series of events that occurred late last Thursday night (Oct. 4) and early Friday (Oct. 5). No one was struck by any of the gunshots at the apartment or during the pursuit. An RPD officer initially responded about 11:45 p.m. Thursday to a shots-fired call at an apartment complex in the 500 block of South Wyoming Avenue in west Roswell. The officer spoke with Isaacs’ ex-girlfriend who reported Isaacs had come to the apartment, where she and her teenage son were present, after she and Isaacs had been arguing in a text-message exchange. She said Isaacs kicked in the door to get into the apartment, a physical confrontation occurred, Isaacs took her phone when she tried to call 911, and he fired multiple gunshots before leaving the apartment and driving away. RPD officers and deputies from the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop the car driven by Isaacs as it headed east on Second Street, but despite the officers and deputies activating their vehicles’ emergency lights and sirens, Isaacs refused to stop. Isaacs continued to drive the car east, leaving the city limits and reaching speeds up to 100 mph. As the pursuit continued in the county area, Isaacs fired multiple shots at the pursuing deputies and officers. About 12 miles east of the city, Isaacs crashed his car into a fence while trying to make a turn onto Bottomless Lakes Road. He fled on foot and was soon located hiding in some brush. He was arrested without further incident. Isaacs was jailed on four counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer, plus one count of each of the following charges: aggravated assault on a household member, battery on a household member, aggravated assault, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, aggravated burglary, abuse of a child, interference with communications, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

The public’s help continues to be sought to locate a local man whose family has not heard from him since Sept. 22 and is now considered by RPD to be endangered. On Sept. 25, Fredrick J. Bersane’s mother reported her 39-year-old son missing after not being able to contact him for three days. RPD investigators have been following up on information developed during the ongoing investigation, but have yet to find Bersane. Bersane is described as 6’1” tall, about 190 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has tattoos on his neck, arms, legs, chest and back. Anyone with potential information regarding the whereabouts of Bersane is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS(8477).

Investigators are asking for any information from the public that could help identify the person who committed armed robbery at the Stripes convenience store several blocks south of downtown Roswell Monday night (Sept. 24). The store clerk described the suspect as wearing all black clothing and a ski mask during the robbery that occurred about 10 p.m. at the store in the 600 block of South Main Street. The clerk told Roswell Police Department investigators the suspect carried a bag from which he brandished a rifle. The robber, believed to be a male, demanded money from the cash register, but left the store with only a pack of cigarettes when he learned the register contained less than $20. Anyone with potential information regarding this case is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS(8477). (Photo shows robber as recorded by store surveillance camera.)

The public’s help is being sought to locate a local man whose family has not heard from him since Saturday. The missing man usually calls his mother daily, but has not done so this week and she has not been able to reach him. Fredrick J. Bersane’s mother on Tuesday (Sept. 25) reported her 39-year-old son missing. She said the last time she spoke to him was Saturday night (Sept. 22). Roswell Police Department investigators followed up on information received from the family on where Bersane might possibly be, but he was not found. Bersane is described as 6’1” tall, about 190 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has tattoos on his neck, arms, legs, chest and back. Anyone with potential information regarding the whereabouts of Bersane is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770.

Roswell Animal Services is making it a little easier to adopt a new pet as it celebrates Pit Bull Awareness Month throughout October. During the month, the adoption fee will be waived for anyone adopting a six-month-old or older pit bull or pit bull mix from the Roswell Animal Shelter. The shelter will provide the distemper/parvo vaccine. The new owners will be responsible for planning for the dog to be spayed or neutered. National Pit Bull Awareness Day, which later developed into the full month of October, was established in 2007 as a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier and responsible owners. Learn more about the local pit bull adoption-fee waiver for October: https://www.roswell-nm.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=581

A 29-year-old Albuquerque man died at a Roswell hospital after being struck by a car shortly after midnight last night as he was lying in a traffic lane on South Main Street. Roswell Police Department officers were called to the area near the intersection of South Main and Poe streets about 12:25 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 19). They found Colonel Isaias Childs lying across the inside northbound traffic lane of South Main a short distance south of Poe. A 58-year-old Roswell woman was at the scene and told police she was driving north in her Nissan Versa when she saw Childs lying in the roadway, but was unable to stop in time and the car ran over the man. Emergency medical personnel performed CPR on Childs and he was transported to a local hospital where he was soon pronounced dead. The investigation indicated Childs was possibly under the influence of alcohol prior to the accident. No charges are expected to be made against the driver of the car.

Local residents have reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent the Roswell Police Department or the City of Roswell and asking the resident for private financial and identification information, in some cases social security numbers or credit card numbers. In another instance, the caller claimed to be offering the person a credit card. These are not legitimate inquiries and are not being made by RPD or the city. Be aware of these scams.