Woman charged with Stray Hearts break-in arrested again

Aleczasia Roberson

Not more than 24 hours after being released from the Taos County Adult Detention Center for her role in the Stray Hearts break-in June 1, Aleczasia Roberson was arrested yet again, this time after leading Taos County Sheriff’s deputies on a seven-mile chase.

Roberson, 25, was arrested the first time shortly after it was discovered Stray Hearts Animal Shelter had been broken into in the early morning hours of June 1. Roberson had allegedly gone to the shelter, kicked in the doors, and left with six dogs (all unleashed). She was quickly picked up by the Taos Police Department. She was booked, and released shortly after on a $2,000 unsecured appearance bond.

According to court documents, Roberson next appeared in a Tres Piedras home in the early hours of the morning June 2. She was allegedly seen when a man awoke to find her standing in his house.

After being asked to leave, she wandered onto a neighboring property, and the man called the authorities.

While Taos County Sheriff’s deputies were en route, the neighbor who had found Roberson in his house said he saw a UTV side-by-side known to belong to the neighbor take off from the property.

Deputies caught up with Roberson in the UTV as she was headed south on U.S. Hwy 285, followed by the neighbor who had been following her in his privately owned vehicle.

After signaling for her to stop, Roberson allegedly continued down the road, attempting to ignore the officers. She then took the UTV onto Forest Road 222, then turned onto Calle de Gavilan.

Court documents say Roberson drove the UTV past the end of the road and into the sagebrush until it came to a stop – a total of seven miles from where the vehicle was taken. Deputies were able to make an arrest without incident.

Deputies learned Roberson had also taken a gray Pontiac Grand Prix from another home in Taos, but that it had run out of gas near where Roberson took the UTV.

During conversations with the deputies, court documents said Roberson’s answers to questions were “not direct, and often didn’t make sense.”

She was booked into Taos County Adult Detention Center a second time, where she was charged with residential burglary, a third degree felony (she allegedly took cash out of a purse in the first house); two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, both fourth degree felonies; aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, also a fourth degree felony; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor.

Magistrate Court Judge Sara Blankenhorn filed a motion for a competency evaluation – to see if Roberson is mentally competent to stand trial. Court documents state the court found her difficulty understanding the charges and her “general demeanor” as reasons to file the motion.

The proceedings in Magistrate Court will be halted, and the case will be transferred to district court for a competency evaluation.

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