Press Release: Carlsbad (NM) Police Department 2020-03-24
March 24, 2020

Press Release: Carlsbad (NM) Police Department

On 03-24-20 at approximately 6:15 pm, the Carlsbad Police Department received a report of someone having called into the local Wal-Mart making a threat to arrive and conduct a shooting. Officers immediately responded and prevented anyone else from entering the building or the parking lot. Once the building and the parking lot were secured, those inside were safely directed out of the building. Officers remained on scene while customers and employees left the premises as Wal-Mart management made the decision to close the store with intentions of opening back up tomorrow.
Officers and detectives were able to meet with management and obtained more information about the threat that was made.

Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone who may have any information about this incident is asked to call Carlsbad Police Department at (575) 885-2111.



Press Release ESCO 2020-04-23
March 23, 2020

Sheriff Mark Cage reports on March 21, 2020 the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Carlsbad Caverns National Parks Service to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred at Rattlesnake Springs in Eddy County.

Eddy County Sheriff’s Office Detectives learned that on March 21, 2020 at approximately 1715 hours a National Park Ranger observed a white Ford F250 pickup driving erratically near Rattlesnake Springs. A traffic stop was made on this vehicle and the driver, later identified as Charles Gage Lorentz of Colorado, exited the vehicle and was confronted by the ranger. During the incident a physical altercation occurred and Mr. Lorentz was fatally struck by gunfire and pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The ranger was not injured in the incident.

This investigation is very preliminary. The identity of the ranger involved will not be released at this time. Details about what led up to the shooting will be provided as they become available.

The incident is still being investigated by the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division. If there is any information that the community would like to report in reference to this incident please contact Captain Matthew Hutchinson or Detective Jared Rostro at 575-887-7551.



PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT 9/12/2019
September 12, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Over the past three months, the Carlsbad Police Department has received three reports of people having withdrawn money from the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 115 W. Fox St., and then unknowingly being followed and then having their money stolen from them. On the first two occasions, the victims had left the Wells Fargo Bank and then drove to another local business. Upon arriving at these businesses and exiting their vehicles, the suspect(s) entered the vehicles and stole or attempted to steal the money. The window on one of these vehicles was broken to make entry, but the person in this case had taken the money with them. The latest incident occurred today, 09-12-19, when the victim left the Wells Fargo Bank and drove to a local establishment. Once there, the victim was pushed down while walking away from his vehicle, and the money was taken from his person. The victim sustained minor injuries.
The suspect in two of these incidents is described as being a Hispanic male in his early to mid-twenties and being approximately 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds with dark curly/wavy hair about an inch long. He is associated with a medium sized passenger car described as being silver or goldish in color. In one of the first two incidents, this suspect was the sole occupant of the vehicle. In today’s incident, this suspect was seen getting into the passenger side of this vehicle. A Black male subject was seen standing outside this vehicle shorty before the incident happened and is believed to be the driver.
The Carlsbad Police Department is actively investigating these incidents and is asking anybody that may have any information about any of these incidents, or similar incidents, to contact the Carlsbad Police Department at (575) 885-2111.PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Over the past three months, the Carlsbad Police Department has received three reports of people having withdrawn money from the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 115 W. Fox St., and then unknowingly being followed and then having their money stolen from them. On the first two occasions, the victims had left the Wells Fargo Bank and then drove to another local business. Upon arriving at these businesses and exiting their vehicles, the suspect(s) entered the vehicles and stole or attempted to steal the money. The window on one of these vehicles was broken to make entry, but the person in this case had taken the money with them. The latest incident occurred today, 09-12-19, when the victim left the Wells Fargo Bank and drove to a local establishment. Once there, the victim was pushed down while walking away from his vehicle, and the money was taken from his person. The victim sustained minor injuries.
The suspect in two of these incidents is described as being a Hispanic male in his early to mid-twenties and being approximately 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds with dark curly/wavy hair about an inch long. He is associated with a medium sized passenger car described as being silver or goldish in color. In one of the first two incidents, this suspect was the sole occupant of the vehicle. In today’s incident, this suspect was seen getting into the passenger side of this vehicle. A Black male subject was seen standing outside this vehicle shorty before the incident happened and is believed to be the driver.
The Carlsbad Police Department is actively investigating these incidents and is asking anybody that may have any information about any of these incidents, or similar incidents, to contact the Carlsbad Police Department at (575) 885-2111.
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