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Arrest warrants issued in aggravated assault case


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Arrest warrants were issued Thursday for two Roswell men accused of forcing their way into a Roswell home, holding a man at gunpoint and later leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase Wednesday night.

Joe L. Albarez Jr., 36, and Jesus Vallejos, 32, are both charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property over $1,000, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

The pursuit began Wednesday in the 500 block of South Kansas Avenue, when a Roswell police officer saw a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that matched the description given by the alleged victim of an aggravated assault.

When the officer tried to initiate a stop, the pickup did not come to a halt, touching off a high-speed chase.

“The vehicle fled, eventually going out of the city to the southwest and then re-entered the city and eventually ended up on West Second Street,” Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department, said Thursday.

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Chaves County deputies and New Mexico State Police also took part in the pursuit, which according to court documents, lasted approximately 38 minutes.

Police, Wildermuth said, eventually disengaged from the pursuit when it reached a high traffic area because of the danger it posed to the public. He added Friday no new information has been received regarding the location of Albarez and Vallejos, who remain at large.

Albarez and Vallejos are suspects in an aggravated assault that occurred at a 1700 block of West Alameda Street residence at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The confrontation was prompted by a previous argument on social media, court documents state.

One of the occupants of the residence later informed police he, a female who lives with him and some guests were out in the driveway when the black pickup pulled up to the house.

Albarez — reportedly armed with a firearm that resembled a Mac 10 — and Vallejos, with a handgun, emerged from the pickup, which was driven by a third unidentified person, according to court documents.

The man and woman who reside at the address immediately fled into the house when they saw Albarez and Vallejos aim their guns at them. The guests, at the urging of the two occupants of the house, fled from the property.

A video later posted on Facebook shows the two armed men attempting to gain entry into the home while shouting derogatory remarks, court documents state.

Despite efforts to prevent their entry, Albarez and Vallejos allegedly broke the door frame and entered the residence.

Once inside, the two men held guns to the head of the male occupant, according to court documents. They soon exited the home through the front door, possibly after seeing the female occupant on the phone with dispatch.

Before getting into the pickup, Albarez and Vallejos reportedly hurled a large rock at the house and threw another through a front double-pane window.

No injuries were reported, but $1,850 in damage to the residence was reported.

Court records indicate Albarez and Vallejos are the subjects of pending criminal jury trials in two separate 2019 cases.

Albarez faces charges of battery of a household member and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. His trial is scheduled to start Aug. 25.

Vallejos is awaiting trial on charges of criminal sexual assault of a minor in the fourth degree, force or coercion, and false imprisonment, intent to commit sexual assault.

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

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