Arrest made after armed man seen near NM school

September 20, 2013 • State News

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — [auth] Clovis police arrested a man and recovered guns stolen from a home after people reported seeing a man carrying a semi-automatic rifle while running near a middle school.

According to the Clovis News Journal (, that school and a nearby elementary school were placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes during the incident Thursday.

Police say 23-year-old Andrew J. Chavez Jr. of Clovis was arrested without incident when officers found him hiding in bushes.

A rifle and a handgun were found outside an apartment complex where police believe they were dumped.

Police Capt. Patrick Whitney says the items were from a home across the street from one of the schools.

Whitney says warrants accused Chavez of assaulting a police officer and absconding from the state probation and parole department.

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