This story was updated June 2.
A man broke into a house in the Weimer neighborhood in the early hours of May 29 and was shot in the face by the homeowner.
At about 4:30 a.m., 30-year-old Yvon Juteau – known to police from previous incidents – allegedly entered a house on Juniper Road while people were sleeping, Interim Police Chief Lt. Dave Maggio of the Taos Police Department said.
The homeowner told police that he and his wife were asleep when he heard a loud crash. He grabbed his .38 special revolver and a flashlight and walked down the hallway to find a man, allegedly Juteau, holding up a crowbar in his right hand, threatening him with it. According to police documents, John Fleetwood Jr. fired three rounds and told police he thought he heard the prowler say, “Oh, God,” before running out the same glass door he had just broken through. Fleetwood told police he did not know the suspect.
“I shot him,” Fleetwood told police officers who arrived to the scene shortly after the incident. Juteau had left a trail of blood. Police found the crowbar just outside the broken door, then traced him to a field, where there was a struggle. Juteau allegedly kicked, punched and fought an officer who used a Taser on him four times during the struggle. The officer called emergency medical services and had a Taos sheriff’s deputy guard the suspect at Holy Cross Hospital after he was taken into custody, the report said.
Juteau was later released by police from Holy Cross Hospital so he could be airlifted to Albuquerque because of the extent of his facial injuries, Maggio said. The release was required so that his department wouldn’t be strapped without an officer on duty in Taos, he said.
“Had we kept him in custody, we’d have to fly down [to Albuquerque] with him, so after we arrested him, we had to get the judge to release him,” Maggio said. “Once he gets released from medical and is able to be on his own, we will get a warrant for arrest.”
The warrant will be for residential burglary, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a burglary tool, larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal damage to property, according to the criminal complaint.
Juteau is no stranger to breaking and entering. Public records show he has had a history with the police and courts since he was a juvenile. The Taos News previously reported that court records showed he was accused of breaking into a girlfriend’s residence, which led to a 2014 arrest when police issued a warrant for a probation violation. The Taos News also reported that in 2013, court records showed Juteau allegedly left the scene of an accident when he was the driver of a car on tribal lands that crashed in a head-on collision in which four people were severely injured. Police took him into custody for it in May 2014.
In 2010, 2008 and 2004, he went before the Eighth Judicial District Court for alleged multiple felony crimes when he was allegedly charged with arson and repeatedly as a habitual offender of multiple batteries against police officers, plus alleged multiple incidents of resisting, evading, or obstructing officers — along with battery of a household member, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and more than one incident of battery upon a school employee.
Related to the May 29 incident, police are on the lookout for a 2015 gray Nissan Frontier truck, which they think Juteau ditched before the alleged burglaries. Maggio is asking the public to contact the department at (575) 758-2216 if it is seen. It is believed to be in the area of the two burglaries, according to the criminal complaint.
“At this time, we don’t believe there is another suspect involved, but we are not leaving that possibility out,” said Maggio.
Meanwhile, minutes before police officers were dispatched to the Juniper Road house, they went to a burglary call that happened on Vegas de Taos Circle. Police found a CD case and several CDs in the same field where the struggle with Juteau took place.