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Local man arrested, now involved in three criminal cases


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A Roswell man charged with a slew of offenses in two criminal cases in Chaves County and Otero County has been arrested on a warrant issued by Lincoln County for allegedly receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, in addition to other charges.
David Roy Gomez, 45, of South Stanton Avenue, was arrested Wednesday by Roswell Police Department officers for a warrant issued by a Lincoln County judge regarding a magistrate court case filed May 1.
That case alleges that Gomez was involved in a transaction of a stolen vehicle, a third-degree felony. He also is charged with two other felonies in that case, including fleeing a police officer and possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon. Five misdemeanors have also been filed against him. Details about the charges were not available by press time.
As of Thursday morning, Gomez was being detained at the Chaves County Detention Center, with bonds set at $27,000.
He also is in the midst of at least two other criminal cases in New Mexico.
A case originally filed Jan. 20 in Chaves County Magistrate Court accuses him of six felonies, including unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
In that instance, a criminal complaint filed with the court indicated that a woman told police that he had jumped into her car, which she had left running for a moment. Gomez allegedly drove off in the vehicle to leave a situation involving people a few doors down from the woman who had called police and asked Gomez to wait for the police to arrive.
That case was ordered transferred to the Fifth Judicial District Court of Chaves County on April 20 after a question involving Gomez’s ability to stand trial was raised.
Gomez has entered pleas of not guilty to charges in Otero County Magistrate Court, in which he was released after posting bond. In that case, filed Jan. 17, he is charged with four crimes, including aggravated DWI and embezzlement of a motor vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the Otero County case, New Mexico State Police officers stopped Gomez and a passenger for using a vehicle that had been reported stolen, although they told officers that they had the owner’s permission to use the vehicle.
Calls to public defenders representing Gomez were not returned by press time.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.