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Two men arrested in alleged vehicle theft

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Two men from Hobbs are facing criminal charges after allegedly stealing a truck Saturday from outside a Roswell residence, hitting a mailbox and then fleeing law enforcement.

Kailen Gonsalves-Kamalii (Submitted Photo)

Kailen Gonsalves-Kamalii, 23, and Fernado Munoz, 22, were apprehended at separate locations Saturday night after the theft was reported, according to documents filed Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Munoz and Gonsalves-Kamalii were each charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Gonsalves-Kamalii is also charged with one count each of criminal damage to property, under $1,000; leaving the scene of an accident, no bodily harm or death; failure to give immediate notice of accidents; and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to vehicles.

Court documents state that a Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy was flagged down at about 10:58 p.m. outside the 2700 block of a Washington Avenue home where a man reported that his 2002 white Chevrolet truck had been stolen.

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As the deputy and the man were speaking outside the residence, a vehicle passed them which the man identified as his stolen vehicle.

The deputy then got into his marked unit and followed the truck, activating his emergency lights and attempting to conduct a stop on the vehicle.

When the deputy followed the truck by turning east onto Fulkerson Drive, court documents state, the stolen vehicle was found to have come to a stop with both the driver-side and passenger-side doors open. As he neared the truck, the deputy stated that he saw one person clad in black exit the truck through the passenger side, heading south on foot on Fulkerson Drive.

Fernado Munoz (Submitted Photo)

Both men were apprehended after dispatch received reports from numerous callers of two men dressed in black running south in an alleyway in the area of the 2900 block of South Lea Avenue.

After learning of a sighting of two individuals seen running in the area of East Jaffa and Main streets, the deputy went to an area where he pulled his vehicle up to a man, later identified as Gonsalves-Kamalii, who was running in the road.

When asked why he was running, Gonsalves-Kamalii reportedly replied that he was running to his girlfriend’s house. When the deputy asked him where his girlfriend lived, Gonsalves-Kamalii said he did not know, but thought it was somewhere nearby. He later declined to talk with police.

According to court documents, Munoz was later found by a Roswell police officer sitting on the hood of a vehicle in the 2900 block of South Lea Avenue.

Munoz said he and Gonsalves-Kamalii walked to the 2700 block of South Washington Avenue that night because Gonsalves-Kamalii said that his uncle lived there and they were going to use his truck.

Munoz said he stood across the street from the house while Gonsalves-Kamalii allegedly climbed into the vehicle, started it up and then backed out of the driveway.

Though he did not see Gonsalves-Kamalii hit the mailbox with the truck, Munoz said he did hear a loud bang, court documents state.

Gonsalves-Kamalii then allegedly took off down the road heading west on Gayle Street as Munoz sought to catch up with him.

According to court documents, Gonsalves-Kamalii then stopped and asked Munoz if he wanted to drive. Munoz said he accepted the offer and got into the driver’s seat before heading off.

He added that he and Gonsalves-Kamalii had the truck only for about two or three minutes when the deputy attempted to stop them.

Electronic court records state that Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers set bond for Gonsalves-Kamalii at $20,000 cash or surety and for Munoz at $5,000 cash or surety during a first appearance Monday afternoon in Magistrate Court.

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

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