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Alleged slasher faces felonies

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A Texas man was charged with two fourth-degree felonies after allegedly slashing the tires to a total of two vehicles in north Roswell Monday.

In addition, the vehicle the suspect had been driving during the vandalisms is wanted in connection to arsons within Eddy County, police said.

According to an incident report by the Roswell Police Department, authorities were first dispatched to the Roswell Mall at 4501 N. Main St. at 11:28 a.m. Monday in reference to a criminal damage complaint.

RPD officer Joel Smoyer noted slashed tires and scratched paint to a Dodge Dart. Police said both the driver-side tires were flat.

Upon further inspection, the officer said he could tell the vehicle had been keyed and that both tires had been slashed.

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According to the report, damages to the vehicle were estimated at $3,600.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court, as Smoyer was finishing up with the initial report, he was then notified by dispatch regarding a criminal damage to a vehicle at the Cricket Wireless at 2516 N. Main St.

Damages to the second vehicle, a 2003 Lincoln, were estimated at $6,600. Police once again noted scratched paint and slashed tires.

During both calls, Smoyer was told the suspect vehicle was a white, two-door Cadillac with a Texas license plate and chrome rims, and that the driver was a white man wearing a dark-in-color hoodie.

Smoyer said when he arrived on scene to the first criminal damage report, he noticed a white Cadillac leaving the parking lot of the mall, but was unable to discern what kind of license plate was displayed on the vehicle.

As Smoyer traveled down Main Street to the second criminal damage call, the officer said he noticed a two-door Cadillac parked at the gas pump at the Circle K at 3213 N. Main St.

“(I) pulled into the gas station and observed that the driver was wearing a dark hoodie,” Smoyer wrote. “(I) also observed that the vehicle had chrome rims.”

Smoyer soon identified the man as 27-year old Clint Elmore of Odessa, Texas.

“(I) observed that Mr. Elmore had a 5-gallon gas can next to the gas pump, along with three 1-gallon jugs next to it,” the officer wrote. “Mr. Elmore advised he was on his way from Odessa to Albuquerque to visit his aunt and he had run out of gas.”

According to the complaint, Elmore told police he had just arrived in Roswell and had not visited the city’s mall or Cricket Wireless.

After running Elmore’s information through dispatch, police said they were advised Elmore had a warrant for failure to appear. He was then placed into the back of Smoyer’s patrol vehicle.

Smoyer then performed a search on Elmore. The officer said he located a knife in his front-right pocket.

“(I) opened the knife and observed (it) had black rubber scuff marks on the blade,” Smoyer wrote. “(I) also observed that the blade width was approximately the same width as the slashes in the tires.”

According to the complaint, RPD Sgt. Kim Northcutt arrived and showed Smoyer surveillance footage of a white Cadillac speeding away from the Cricket Wireless parking lot.

“(I) observed the video and the white Cadillac in the video matched Mr. Elmore’s vehicle,” Smoyer wrote. “Sgt. Northcutt and (I) were advised that the vehicle Mr. Elmore was driving was wanted in connection to some arsons that had occurred in Eddy County.”

Police said Elmore’s vehicle was towed to the RPD for a search to be conducted.

According to the complaint, after Elmore was read his Miranda rights, he refused to answer any questions and requested a lawyer.

Elmore is charged with two counts of criminal damage to property, both of which are fourth-degree felonies.

Elmore had his first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court before judge E.J. Fouratt Wednesday.

According to online court records, a preliminary examination for Elmore is set for Jan. 23 in magistrate court.

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