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Burglar allegedly caught red-handed

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James Davidson, 43, told police that he had stopped at a home along the 700 block of East Alameda Street because he knew the house was for rent. Before Davidson was placed into custody, he dropped three screwdrivers. According to the criminal complaint, authorities later observed signs of attempted entry to the back door caused by a prying tool. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

A man found by police with multiple screwdrivers and a set of brass knuckles during a burglary in progress report in late-November made an appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

According to a criminal complaint by a patrol officer in the Roswell Police Department, on Nov. 28 police responded to 734 E. Alameda St. in reference to a burglary call at about 4:50 p.m. The calling party also told authorities the alleged burglar was a man.

“The calling party told dispatch the male had just ripped off the screen to one of the windows in the backyard,” the report stated. “She said the male was on a black bike, wearing navy jeans and a black hoodie.”

Police said upon arrival, they observed a man matching the clothing description who was later identified as 43-year-old James Davidson.

Davidson was riding a black bike east of where the burglary was reported, the criminal complaint stated.

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“(I) ordered the male to stop at least two times, but he refused to obey (my) commands,” the reporting patrol officer wrote. “He then continued west on East Alameda at a high rate of speed on his bicycle as (I) and officer Rosser chased Mr. Davidson on foot.”

An RPD detective also arrived shortly after in his unmarked police vehicle with his emergency lights on.

Police said as Davidson continued west on Alameda, he dropped three screwdrivers, which included a pry bar.

Authorities were able to eventually cut Davidson off.

“As he made it to the east side of the residence, Mr. Davidson struck a log, causing him to fall, where he was placed under arrest,” the RPD officer wrote. “Detective Alba located a set of brass knuckles in his back-left pants pocket.”

Authorities said they were able to later recover the three screwdrivers Davidson had dropped while evading police.

“(I) then walked to the rear of 734 E. Alameda to look for any damages that may have been caused by Mr. Davidson and (I also) observed signs of attempted entry to the back door caused by a prying tool,” the officer wrote. “One of the windows next to the door had been broken, and the screen to the window was on the floor.”

Davidson was eventually transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center because of complaints he had made about a hernia.

After being read his Miranda rights, Davidson told the RPD that his home address was in the 1400 block of East Tilden Street and that he was on his way to visit a friend.

“He knew the house was for rent, so he stopped to look at it,” Davidson told officers, according to the complaint. “He told (me) he looked at the front window of the residence and walked back around to the rear.”

Authorities later asked Davidson why he chose to run. According to the complaint, he told police it was because he was scared.

The officer then asked Davidson if he automatically runs from the police, to which Davidson responded with a “Yes.”

According to online court records, Davidson has had numerous offenses against the state of New Mexico, dating back to 1995.

While the majority of his 25 charges found online were adjudicated in Roswell magistrate and district courts, Davidson also has been charged in Lovington, Hobbs, and Albuquerque.

Such charges include criminal trespass; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; possession of a controlled substance; unlawful taking of a motor vehicle; commercial or automobile burglary; use or possession of drug paraphernalia; receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle; driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs; larceny, being a habitual offender and — speeding.

According to police reports, Davidson told authorities the brass knuckles were his. He said he had found the weapon on a street and simply picked them up.

When asked about attempting to break into the residence of 734 E. Alameda St., Davidson denied ever doing so, the complaint states.

“(I) asked him about the damage to the door and he stated he didn’t know what (I) was talking about,” the officer wrote. “(I) told him there were witnesses and he stated, ‘That’s fine’ and asked to be taken to court because he was going to fight this.”

RPD detective Alberto Alba later told the reporting officer he had recovered more screwdrivers, pliers and other tools inside of Davidson’s backpack.

An officer spoke with the owner of the residence, who said he wanted to press charges against Davidson.

Davidson is charged with attempt to commit a felony, to wit: aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony; possession of burglary tools, a fourth-degree felony; a misdemeanor charge of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; and a petty misdemeanor of unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon.

On Wednesday morning, Davidson had his preliminary examination before Chaves County Magistrate Judge K. C. Rogers where his case was bound over to Fifth Judicial district court.

Davidson is being represented by public defender Jared Garner Kallunki and is being prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office.

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