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Roswell Police Department reports three murders in October


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The city of Roswell has three reported homicides in October, according to crime statistics released earlier this month by the Roswell Police Department.

Data from the RPD shows the number of homicides as of mid-November was six, compared to seven reported in all of 2018. The statistics did not include Tuesday night’s shooting death of Carlos Coronado, 21, of Roswell.

• The first homicide occurred on the evening of Oct. 4, Griselda Rascon, 33, of Roswell, was shot in the head at her 800 block of Deborah Drive residence. Court documents state she was allegedly shot by her boyfriend Jesus Robles, 34, of Roswell, after a lengthy argument. Rascon was then taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where she later died of her wound.

Robles, who according to court documents was seen leaving the scene, was found days later in Las Cruces, arrested and subsequently transported back to Roswell. Robles faces one count of first-degree murder, willful and deliberate, and one count of receipt, transport or possession of a firearm or destructive device.

• Stefon Gregory Doran, 30, of Roswell, was shot multiple times while in a vehicle on Oct. 13 at Walker Boulevard and Eyman Street.

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When police arrived, Doran was still alive. He was later transported to an area hospital where he died from his wounds. As of Thursday, police have not released any further information about the case.

• Joe Paul Martinez, 40, was shot three times and died while outside his wife’s 2000 block of North Mississippi Avenue residence that he sometimes lived in.

According to reports, police responded at 10:20 p.m. to calls of gunshots. When police arrived, Martinez’s body was found in the street in front of the residence. Bobby Ray Gonzalez, 19, or Ernesto Joe Rivera IV, 16, who both lived in the house with Martinez’s wife, allegedly shot Martinez following a dispute he had with the two men, court documents state.

Though they were not at the scene when police arrived, Gonzales and Rivera turned themselves over to police the following night. Both men now each face one count of second-degree murder.

The statistics show there were a total of 169 crimes against persons reported in October. Aside from three murders, there was also one case of criminal sexual penetration, five robberies, 12 assaults, four reports of sexual penetration of a minor, seven cases of sexual contact with a minor and four reports of child abuse.

A total of 133 non-violent other crimes against persons, including simple assault, criminal trespass and simple battery. Public nuisance, harassment and weapons violations were also reported.

Property crimes reported to the Roswell Police Department totaled 255 in October, according to the data, more than half of which were cases of larceny. In all, there were 135 incidents of larceny, 24 burglaries, 43 cases of criminal damage, six cases of graffiti and 10 motor vehicle thefts.

Other property crimes included 22 reports of fraud, five embezzlements, four shootings at unoccupied dwellings or vehicles, three cases of identity theft and two reports of forgery.

The statistics show 334 people arrested by Roswell Police in October.

No fatal vehicle accidents were reported in October, but there were 25 accidents that resulted in injuries and 105 that resulted in property damage, according to the statistics.

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

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