State police arrest three after standoff in Ranchos

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 1/10/19

New Mexico State Police arrested three men at a Ranchos de Taos residence on Thursday (Jan. 10), bringing a peaceful resolution to a tense standoff that lasted more than five hours.

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State police arrest three after standoff in Ranchos

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New Mexico State Police arrested three men at a Ranchos de Taos residence on Thursday (Jan. 10), bringing a peaceful resolution to a standoff that lasted more than five hours.

The incident began when police received word of an anonymous Taos County Crime Stoppers tip that Eduardo Alonzo Rivera, 29, a felon with multiple outstanding warrants, was at his residence at 86 Camino de Corazon in Ranchos de Taos, according to a press release from state police.

State police officers asked Rivera to come out of the residence, but Rivera allegedly refused to comply and barricaded himself inside.

Police responded by sending in a crisis negotiation team and tactical vehicles, including a vehicle that is used to breach walls and provide officers with safe firing positions. Numerous other law enforcement vehicles and officers surrounded the residence on Thursday, as well as deputies from the Taos County Sheriff's Office, who assisted in shutting down roadways in the area and redirected traffic.

After more than five hours, negotiators and tactical team members were able to get Rivera to surrender.

The 29-year-old was wanted on a warrant out of Colfax County for conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property, burglary of a vehicle and other charges.

In April, Rivera was arrested on outstanding warrants related to domestic violence incidents that occured at a residence not far from where the standoff took place on Thursday. In September, Judge Sarah Backus released Rivera on his personal recognizance.

According to state police, several other charges have been filed against him in New Mexico and Colorado, including counts of fraud, concealing identity, shoplifting, residential burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated fleeing and several others.

Two other men, Armando Medrano, 25, and Aaron Andrew Gordon, 33, were also arrested at the residence.

Medrano, who is from El Prado, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for shoplifting and possessing drug paraphernalia. Gordon was arrested for resisting arrest on Thursday and transferring or receiving a motor vehicle.

State police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Reporter Jesse Moya contributed to this report.

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