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Fleeing Californian caught by RPD; Man with warrant found with handgun, drug paraphernalia


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A man with an extraditable warrant from the state of Arizona due to crimes of kidnapping and robbery was placed into custody by a Roswell police officer early Tuesday morning.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court, patrol officer Trevis Reese of the Roswell Police Department made contact with 37-year-old Christopher Matthew Delatorre, of California, at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The officer reported that he had asked Delatorre for his name.

“The suspect voluntarily gave the name of ‘Christopher Albarez’ with a date of birth,” Reese wrote. “Dispatch advised the name and date of birth (were) not on file.”

Reese said after further research, dispatch was able to instead find a “Christopher Delatorre” matching the birthdate the suspect had given police.

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Authorities were able to confirm Delatorre’s identity photographically.

When another officer arrived, dispatch told officers Delatorre had a fully extraditable warrant out of Arizona.

According to information Reese had obtained from the Pecos Valley Regional Communication Center, Delatorre’s warrant included charges of kidnapping, domestic violence, theft of means of transportation, robbery and endangerment in the Gila County Sheriff’s Office in Globe, Arizona.

“After searching Mr. Delatorre due to arrest, officers were able to locate a Ruger .22 caliber handgun concealed in (his) waistline,” the report stated. “Officers were (also) able to locate a glass smoking device with burned residue consistent to methamphetamines.”

After conducting a search for Delatorre’s criminal history through the Interstate Identification Index, the report stated officers then learned Delatorre was convicted of a felony in 2016 for possession of a controlled substance while armed.

After police documented Delatorre at the RPD, he was transported to the Chaves County Detention Center, where he was incarcerated with no bond.

Delatorre is charged with possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, a fourth-degree felony, a misdemeanor charge for use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and petty misdemeanor charges for unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon and concealing identity. The case is currently under the ruling of Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers.

In a separate case under Magistrate Judge E.J. Fouratt, Delatorre is charged with another fourth-degree felony for being an out-of-state fugitive.

Delatorre made his first court appearance for both cases in Chaves County Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon before judge K.C. Rogers, however, a following court date has not been set.

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

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