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Isaacs pleads not guilty to charges


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A Roswell man who allegedly burst into the home of a former girlfriend and her son, fired shots at the building and later fired shots at police during a lengthy vehicle pursuit — followed by a foot chase through Roswell — pled not guilty Monday to 14 criminal charges.

Matheau Isaacs

Matheau Isaacs, 27, of Roswell, who has been held at the Chaves County Detention Center since his Oct. 5 arrest, pled not guilty at his arraignment in District Court in Roswell to 14 charges.

Molly Kicklighter, from the office of Lauren Truitt, represented Isaacs at his arraignment and said that the defendant understood his constitutional rights.

Judge James Hudson of District Court, who presided over the arraignment, scheduled a docket call for Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.

Isaacs was arrested and later jailed on four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, a count of aggravated assault on a household member, battery on a household member, aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, aggravated burglary, abuse of a child, interference with communications and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

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The charges stem from a series of events that allegedly occurred on the night of Oct. 4 that began at about 11:45 p.m. at an apartment complex on the 500 block of South Wyoming Avenue.

Officers were later told by Issacs’ ex-girlfriend that Isaacs had come to the apartment where she and her teenage son live after an argument between her and Isaacs via text message.

Isaacs allegedly kicked in the apartment door and a physical confrontation followed, according to a press release issued by police shortly after the incident. Isaacs then allegedly took her phone when she tried to call 911 and fired multiple gunshots shortly before he drove away. RPD officers and deputies from the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office soon caught up with Isaacs and his vehicle, activating their sirens and emergency lights in an attempt to pull him over as he headed east on Second Street, but he did not halt. The pursuit reportedly reached speeds of up to 100 mph, as Isaacs headed east and led police and deputies outside of city limits and into the county, firing shots at deputies and officers pursuing him.

Isaacs attempted to make a left turn on Bottomless Lakes Road when he crashed his vehicle into a fence and then fled on foot.

Officers and deputies combed the area and later found Isaacs hiding in some brush. He was then arrested without further incident.

The state filed a petition the same day of Isaac’s arrest, requesting he be held in pretrial detention pending trail because he poses a threat to the community and is a flight risk.

Judge Freddie Romero of Chaves County District Court later granted the request at an Oct. 10 pretrial detention hearing, ordering that Isaacs not be released under any conditions before his trial unless ordered by the court.

A no contact order that had been entered earlier in Chaves County Magistrate Court was also adopted and prohibits Isaacs from having contact with any witnesses or victims in the case unless through legal counsel.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.