Police Blotter: Roswell Police respond to shooting, toddler death

May 20, 2014 • Police Blotter

Roswell Police responded to more than 34 incidents over the weekend, according to a news release.

The incidents include an investigation in which a toddler died, a bomb threat in which a man was arrested and a man who was shot in the face.


Toddler dies from injuries

A Roswell Police officer responded to a local hospital at 3 p.m. on Friday in reference to an injured child.

Through the course of the investigation, the officer learned the mother had not seen her 2-year-old and asked her 5-year-old to look outside for the youngster.

When neither child re-entered the home, the mother went outside where she found both children in the driveway and the youngest child was bleeding.

The mother took her child to a local hospital. The 2-year-old was taken out of town for further medical treatment. The young child later succumbed to the injuries and died.

[auth] Detectives are not sure exactly what happened during this incident.

Detectives are waiting for the Office of the Medical Investigator report for the official cause of death.


Bomb threat results in arrest

Melvin Bennink, 50, was arrested after he allegedly contacted a local bank and alluded to “blowing up” the bank, according to Roswell Police.

The incident occurred on Saturday. An employee at the bank contacted police after receiving a phone call from a man who was harassing the employee about the bank being closed, and eluded the bank might “blow up.”

Through the course of the investigation, officers discovered where the call had been made from and confronted the man they suspected of making the phone call — Bennink.

Bennink was arrested in connection with charges of use of telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, or offend as well as resisting, evading, obstructing an officer.

Officers took Bennink to the Chaves County Detention Center where he was incarcerated.


Teenager treated for gun shot

A 19-year-old man was taken out of town for medical treatment after being shot in the face early Sunday morning, according to Roswell Police reports.

At approximately 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to the 100 block of South Pennsylvania in reference to a shooting.

Officers observed the victim with a wound to his face. He was taken to a local hospital, but was then transported out of town for further medical treatment.

The incident does not appear to be a random act of violence, according to the police. Detectives are investigating the shooting.

If anyone has information on these or any crimes committed in Roswell, please contact the Roswell Police Department at 624-6770 or call Crime Stoppers at 888-594-8477.


Chaves County

Sheriff’s Office Arrests

May 7 to May 14


Omar Zaragoza was arrested at 9:10 p.m. on May 7, in the 2700 block of Largo Drive in Roswell, in connection with charges of no proof of insurance, consume/possess alcohol — open container in motor vehicle, driving while license suspended or revoked, display of plates, seat belts and child restraint.


Steven Garcia was arrested at 10:43 p.m. on May 9, in the 2100 block of South Main Street, in connection with charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor third offenses and reckless driving.


Anthony C. Otero was arrested at 12:35 a.m. on May 9 in the vicinity of West Second Street and the Roswell Relief Route in connection with a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.


Domenic Carrasco was arrested at 1:04 a.m. on May 11 in the 2600 block of West Second Street in connection with charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor first offense, improper use of evidence of registration, driving while license suspended or revoked and driving on roadways laned for traffic.

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