The University of New Mexico Police Department filed two criminal complaints against an individual on Sept. 27 for disorderly conduct and assault. He was later spotted on campus again, despite warnings.
No LoboAlert or Lobo Advisory was sent to students in reference to the incidents.
In the UNMPD Daily Crime Log – which is meant to house all campus crime data – both incidents are labeled as “cleared by arrest.”
In a State of New Mexico Supplemental Report, Officer Arnold Moreno wrote that offender Joshua Martinez “became angry and began to want to interact with nearby students” while they spoke at around 5:30 p.m. Though Moreno wrote Martinez appeared to know not to return to campus, he was back by 6:53 p.m.
“‘Officers’ main concern was the safety of the nearby students in the area, and at the given time it seemed that Mr. Martinez understood not to come back,’” the report reads.
According to the federal Clery Act, universities must issue emergency notifications (LoboAlerts at UNM) following incidents that pose an immediate threat to students and staff. Universities must issue timely warnings (Lobo Advisories at UNM) in response to incidents that pose a continuing threat to students and staff.
It is up to UNMPD to determine whether situations warrant a LoboAlert or Lobo Advisory, according to UNM Emergency Manager Byron Piatt.
Officers were initially dispatched to the Student Union Building following reports of Martinez causing a disturbance, according to a State of New Mexico Uniform Incident Report.
A witness told police Martinez was screaming and throwing tables.
Officers told Martinez to leave campus; they escorted him toward Central Avenue.
“‘Mr. Martinez was advised that his return to campus could lead to his arrest,’” the supplemental report reads.
The report also states Martinez was not given a written criminal trespass notification due to his demeanor and the state of his mental health.
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Later, officers were dispatched to Popejoy Hall after a student called to report being chased around campus.
The student said that around 5:20 p.m. – just prior to the incident in the SUB – she made eye contact with Martinez before he then “charged” at her, according to a State of New Mexico Uniform Incident Report.
“‘I was scared and feared I was going to be attacked,’” the student told police.
Moreno saw Martinez on campus roughly 15 minutes before receiving the assault call, according to the report. Martinez was walking toward the UNM Information Technologies parking lot, Moreno wrote.
“Martinez intentionally avoided me after seeing my UNMPD unit and began to walk in the opposite direction,” Moreno wrote.
Martinez was charged with multiple counts of criminal trespass, pedestrians on roadways and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. He pleaded not guilty to all charges at a Nov. 2 hearing.
Lily Alexander is a beat reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter @llilyalexander
Lily Alexander is a beat reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted on Twitter @llilyalexander