With the help of a New Mexico State Police helicopter, Santa Fe police
on Friday searched for a known burglar who led officers on an afternoon
Kenneth Martinez, 24, of Santa Fe was seen driving a red two-door
Dodge Neon near the Coronado Condominiums, 2800 Cerrillos Road, at about
11:15 a.m. Friday, police said.
The Neon was reported to have been linked to two Santa Fe County
burglaries, Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said, and Martinez is suspected in three
Police pursued the car to the Santa Fe West Mobile Home Park off Henry Lynch Road, where it crashed into a parked car.
Martinez and a female companion identified as Monique Montaño, 23, abandoned the car and fled on foot, Dobyns said.
Montaño ran to a nearby trailer, where she was detained on suspicion
of conspiracy to commit aggravated fleeing of law enforcement,
resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.
She was also found with a screwdriver in her purse and faces a charge of possession of burglary tools.
Martinez fled and was last seen hiding in a shed off Rudolfo Street
near Agua Fría Street wearing a gray shirt and black shorts. The
property's owner told police that Martinez asked him for water before he
ran away, Dobyns said.
Agua Fría Middle School, where summer school is in session, was
briefly locked down around the noon hour as police searched the area,
Dobyns said police do not believe Martinez is armed.
The search was suspended around 4:30 p.m. after efforts by a SWAT
team to search the neighborhoods just west of Agua Fría Street didn't
turn up anything.
Dobyns said late Friday that police had several leads on locations where Martinez may have fled.
In addition to being a suspect in burglaries, Martinez is wanted on two Municipal Court warrants.
"We already have the suspected vehicle [Dodge Neon] in two of those
burglaries, and someone has corroborated information with us on a
third," Dobyns said.
Martinez, according to the Santa Fe County jail website, has been in
and out of jail on warrants for failure to appear and failure to comply
charges multiple times in the last three years.
The court website shows Martinez was convicted of burglary and
larceny in 2007 and was convicted of another burglary charge in 2009.
His most recent conviction stems from a shoplifting charge in 2011 in
which he pleaded guilty/no contest.
Montaño was convicted of shoplifting in 2008 and pleaded guilty to a
charge of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance in 2011.
Contact Nico Roesler at 986-3089 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @nicoroesler.
Please note, the comment system has been temporarily suspended. Comments will return with the launch of our new website on March 11, 2013. Please direct questions or concerns to web editor Natalie Guillen at
Thank you for your patience.