Taos Police units surrounded the business park home to Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and the U.S. Forest Service in Taos Friday evening (Feb. 1) as they searched for a male suspect who fled after …
Updated Feb. 7 at 12:20 p.m.
Taos Police units surrounded offices of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and the Carson National Forest in Taos Friday evening (Feb. 1) as they searched for a male suspect who fled after crashing his vehicle on Plata Street.
Police have since identified the wanted man as Nathan Hansen of Taos. Hansen faces charges for fleeing a law enforcement officer and other crimes connected to Friday’s incident.
According to a police report prepared by Sgt. Ronald Montez, the incident began around 5 p.m. when he responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at Quality Inn in Taos. While driving to the area, he learned that Hansen had climbed into a green Ford Explorer and was fleeing the scene.
Montez encountered Hansen and gave chase, following the suspect through the backroads on the east side of Paseo del Pueblo Sur.
Hansen made quick turns – from Camino Santiago, to Gusdorf Road, to Calle de Oro, onto Plata Street – where he careened around a tight corner and crashed into a line of trees near an apartment complex south of the Carson National Forest office.
Hansen, who appeared to be white and wore baggy clothes, quickly got out of his vehicle and took off running past the fleet of vehicles parked behind the forest service office.
Montez left his vehicle and followed Hansen through the snow with a taser in his hand. Montez was seen stopping short as Hansen continued running behind the forest service parking lot. Montez then called other officers and Taos Central Dispatch on his radio. He later wrote in the police report that he had fallen somewhere during the brief foot pursuit.
Montez returned to the intersection of Camino Santiago and Gusdorf Road, where he encountered a woman who was allegedly involved in the domestic incident and her three children. The woman, identified as Brooke Sayler, told Montez that her boyfriend was trying to stop her from jumping in front of a moving vehicle near the Quality Inn, but refused to identify the man as Hansen.
Believing that Sayler was deliberately obstructing the investigation into the incident, Montez had her and her children get into his vehicle and later took them to Taos Police Department. When they arrived, he notified the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department of the incident. A case worker from CYFD visited the police station to determine if the children were safe. One of the children identified the suspect as Hansen, according to Montez’s report.
Additional Taos Police units and supporting Taos County Sheriff’s deputies converged on the area where the man had fled Friday evening, with Office Elise Iringan guarding the man’s crashed Ford to see if he might return.
One worker at Kit Carson Electric told one of the deputies at the scene that she had seen the male suspect jump the fence where she works. She said she thought he might be hiding inside.
As of press time Wednesday (Feb. 6), Police Chief David Trujillo said Hansen had still not been captured.
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