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Victim says uninvited guest aimed firearm at her

A man was charged with aggravated burglary and negligent use of a deadly weapon after allegedly kicking open an apartment door and aiming a handgun at a woman while on his way back to party early Saturday that he and a friend weren’t invited to.

According to an arrest report, the Roswell Police Department was dispatched to 502 S. Wyoming Ave. at Mesa Verde Apartments around 1:08 a.m. Saturday in reference to a noise complaint coming from the complex’s parking lot.

RPD officer Humberto Loya wrote in the statement that he observed multiple subjects in the parking lot.

“While speaking with one of the subjects, (I) could hear a gun being racked and a female begin to yell coming from an apartment,” Loya said. “(I) then drew my department-issued handgun from my holster and began to approach the apartment.”

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Loya said he then saw 19-year-old Johnny Chavez running out of the walkway with a handgun in his possession. After several verbal commands to drop his weapon, Loya said Chavez took off running through the property after he saw him.

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“Mr. Chavez then ran north, then back east, where he gave up and he was taken into custody,” Loya said. “The backseat of my patrol car was checked before and after Mr. Chavez was placed inside. The handcuffs were checked for tightness and double-locked.”

Numerous RPD officers came to assist early Saturday morning along with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.

Loya then met the 23-year-old woman who screamed from her apartment. She told police she was throwing a party for her friend, and that only a few other women were invited.

However, Chavez later arrived at the apartment with 27-year-old Lorenzo Lopez.

“(The victim) stated she did not know who Mr. Chavez was, she just remembers meeting him one time when they did community service together,” Loya said. “(She) advised the male subjects several times that she did not want them there, but they would not leave.”

According to a witness, the party had gotten “way” out of hand.

The victim said afterwards, she began to feel sick and went to the bathroom.

By the time she had returned, everyone else had left after considering going to a different party.

“(The victim) stated she shut the door and locked it so the males that had been there would not come back,” Loya said. “(She) advised that a short time later, the males went back trying to get in the apartment to get their sweaters.”

The tenant of the apartment said she heard Chavez rack his handgun at the door.

“(The victim) advised she then heard Mr. Lopez tell Mr. Chavez to kick the door in,” the officer wrote. “(She) stated when Mr. Chavez got the door open, he pointed the gun at her.”

Police said the frame and top latch to the woman’s apartment door had broken off.

“(The victim) did advise she feared for her life and believed Mr. Chavez was going to shoot her. She began to fight with Mr. Lopez and admitted to hitting him several times.”

The victim told the Daily Record Monday that she hit Lopez as a means of self-defense.

“Lorenzo was in my home,” she said.

An officer photographed the woman’s injuries. She described herself as “just a little banged up and cut,” but OK.

After the victim fought with Lopez, the victim told police she could not remember what happened afterwards.

“They let Lorenzo get away – and he’s the one the left marks all over me,” the victim said. “Actually, I really haven’t talked to any cops – except then – and I was drunk, so I don’t know.”

Officers, aided with flashlights, searched through darkness for a person or persons related to the incident, but no one was found.

Police said when Chavez ran out, he had both his and Lopez’s sweater.

Chavez later told police he drank almost a whole bottle of wine when he was at the party. He reportedly could not remember anything that happened other than “being at a party with a lot of girls” at the victim’s apartment.

Chavez was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

The victim said she had requested to press charges against Lopez, however there are no known charges against him at this time.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.