Police blotter —

Recent samplings of calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports:

Nov. 16

• At 4:06 a.m., an officer responded to a battery incident on North Avenue C. A woman told the officer her boyfriend had struck her. The officer observed a visible red mark on her upper right arm and redness and swelling to the right side of her face and mouth. She told the officer that the man had come to the house and would not leave. She said she let him in because he threatened to break in.

She said when she attempted to leave with her children, the man attacked her. She said he threw a plastic cup with a frozen alcoholic beverage at her and it hit her on her right arm. She said he then hit her multiple times in the face.

Officers recorded the conversation with the woman then searched for the man with no success. There is an arrest warrant out for the man.


• At 3:43 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a department store in reference to criminal damage. A man told the officer that he was driving down 1st Street, waiting in traffic when a vehicle just behind him turned into an alley, spinning its tires and throwing gravel and rocks against his vehicle and breaking his right rear window.

He said he attempted to locate the vehicle to obtain a license plate number, but was unsuccessful. No suspect was available and no other property was reported damaged.


• At 12:32 a.m., an officer was dispatched to South Avenue E in reference to burglary. A woman told the officer someone had gone through a bedroom window, which was open on the south side of the house.

She said the only thing missing was her husband’s prescription medications. There were no signs of forced entry. The woman said she left her house between 5:30 p.m. and midnight.

The next door neighbors did not see or hear any suspicious activity.

• At 9:33 a.m., an officer responded to a church parking lot in reference to a domestic incident. A woman, who had been waiting in her vehicle, told the officer she had just been threatened with a shotgun and battered by her husband.

The woman said she went into her bedroom at 9 a.m. where her husband was sleeping after having been drinking all night. She said she saw his cell phone on the floor and picked it up, observing a text message which implied infidelity on her husband’s behalf. She said she became angry and pulled the covers off of him, prompting him to wake up.

The woman said her husband became angry and demanded his phone back. When she refused to return it, he grabbed his shotgun, showed her it was loaded then chambered the round in the gun.

She said after he pointed the shotgun at her, she ran into the living room and tried to leave with her son. She said her husband stopped her and began strangling her while demanding his phone back. She said he also struck her in the back with the butt of the shotgun.

She said she dropped the phone and ran from the house with her son and drove to the church parking lot where she called the police.

The woman showed the officer a linear red contusion on her neck and a horseshoe shaped red contusion on her lower back.

The officer took pictures of the woman’s injuries and recorded her statement.

Another officer went to the woman’s house and secured the shotgun that was used and logged it into evidence. The woman’s husband was then arrested for aggravated assault.