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Man who allegedly prompted lockdowns held pending trial

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A man who allegedly threatened a woman and police and prompted the lockdown of two schools last week will remain incarcerated pending trial.

William Naylor (Submitted Photo)

Judge James Hudson of New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court on Wednesday granted a motion by the District Attorney’s Office to hold William Naylor, 33, of Roswell, in pretrial detention until after his trial or unless otherwise ordered by the court.

In a report explaining his decision, Hudson called the potential danger to the woman Naylor is accused of threatening as “extremely significant,” alleging Naylor engaged in behavior intended to threaten and intimidate her.

“Defendant has made threats against her, she is convinced he will kill her if he is released,” Hudson said.

He referenced Naylor’s history of probation violations and criminal activity, including previous convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; embezzlement; and aggravated battery against a household member.

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Hudson added that Naylor’s actions had violated the conditions of probation he was on at the time. He said Naylor is already facing allegations of having violated those terms in a separate incident, after a recent arrest for driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

“There is every expectation that Defendant will engage in additional criminal conduct if released, even if he is subject to strict conditions of release,” Hudson added.

Ira Shiflett, Naylor’s attorney, said Monday that he opposed the state’s motion. The defense, he said, requested Naylor be let out on conditions of release, but that request was ultimately denied.

Naylor is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault against a household member and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

He also faces one count each of aggravated assault upon a peace officer; false imprisonment; firearms and destructive devices, receipt, transportation or possession by a felon; bribery or intimidation of a witness; receiving stolen property; battery against a household member; unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon; and using a telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.

Robert H. Goddard High School and Del Norte Elementary School were placed on lockdown for about 50 minutes on Nov. 4 after a man — later identified as Naylor — was observed walking across the parking lot of the high school with a gun. He was subsequently apprehended in the area of North Main Street and Vista Parkway.

Before he was seen near Goddard High School, court documents indicate Naylor allegedly threatened a woman at a 2100 block of North Prairie Avenue location.

According to court documents, the woman told police Naylor had pushed her to the ground before trying to seize her phone and prevent her from leaving. He left the house after the woman’s daughter came home and the woman warned Naylor that her daughter would be a witness to anything that happened.

Following his departure, Naylor allegedly sent the woman threatening text messages and at one point called 911 dispatchers to say he was going to kill her.

She was eventually called by Naylor, who told the woman to come pick him up and that he would “shoot it out” with police. Police listened in when he disclosed his location.

Officers located Naylor at a 2900 block of North Main Street location. According to court records, he walked toward one of the officers in what was described as “an aggressive manner” with one hand in his pocket.

Naylor continued walking toward the officer before allegedly pulling a gun out of his pocket and then running north on foot.

He ran 700 feet and dropped his gun before he was apprehended. Court records state Naylor also resisted orders by officers who later had to force him into the back seat of a police vehicle.

Court records state that two days before, Naylor also allegedly beaten, threatened, and pulled a gun on the woman, and fired several rounds into her kitchen ceiling and a couch.

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

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