Sheriff's office arrests man on assault, kidnapping charges in Los Cordovas area


The Taos County Sheriff's Office arrested Travis Walker on charges related to an alleged armed kidnapping that occurred in the Los Cordovas area of Ranchos de Taos Thursday morning (Dec. 7).

According to a dispatch report, an unidentified witness entered a residence in the area early in the morning and encountered Walker holding a shotgun to "his boss' head." The report identified the victim as "Jime" Gonzalez, though a criminal complaint corrected the spelling of the name to Jaime Gonzalez-Aguilera.

Walker then allegedly stole Gonzalez's grey 2017 Dodge Charger and fled in the direction of Taos Country Club, according to the report.

Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe confirmed that Walker was arrested early that morning on kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges, but has not confirmed other details regarding the event or detailed the circumstances surrounding Walker's arrest.

"The case is open and additional charges may be forthcoming," Hogrefe said.

According to court records, Walker was scheduled for a first appearance in Taos Magistrate Court at 11 a.m. Friday morning (Dec. 8).

He faces seven charges connected to Thursday's event, including kidnapping (with intent to commit a sexual offense), aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, false imprisonment, negligent use of a deadly weapon (unsafe handling) and negligent use of a deadly weapon (discharge).