Through media collaboration, The Taos News has learned that a 19-year-old man is clinging to life in a Santa Fe hospital after he was shot six times during a robbery Monday morning (July 16).
The Taos County Sheriff's Office failed to return a dozen phone calls from The Taos News about the incident. In addition, no report has been filed and no arrest made in the incident that occurred on Blueberry Hill Road — the same neighborhood where The Taos News reported last week that residents were turned away when asked for an investigation into a series of early morning break-ins over the past year.
According to KRQE News 13, 19-year-old Robert Carpenter was shot six times in the chest and torso area after he returned to the scene of a robbery between 5 and 6 a.m. Carpenter knocked on the door of an undisclosed house and robbed the homeowner at gunpoint, taking $150 worth of marijuana.
But Carpenter then, for unknown reasons, returned to the house and, finding the doors locked and the homeowner unwilling to answer the door, stuck his gun through the home's dog door. The homeowner — whose identity is not being released — then shot Carpenter six times.
Carpenter is currently being treated for his wounds in the ICU ward of St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.
The Taos News published a report in its July 5 edition that residents of Blueberry Hill and the Las Colonias area were angry with the sheriff's office for what they viewed to be a lack of response to a number of break-ins last fall.
Homeowner Carolyn Johnson, whose home was burglarized through forced entry in October, told The Taos News that when residents asked about the lack of response at a homeowner's association meeting, officers from the department told her "This isn't 'CSI,' ma'am."
The Taos County Sheriff's Office has yet to respond to The Taos News' records request about how many homes had been burglarized.