Tow truck defendant arraigned


A 22-year-old man who rousted Taos residents early the morning of Sept. 11 when he allegedly stole a tow truck and led law enforcement on a 9-mile pursuit around the town of Taos was arraigned Tuesday (Oct. 3) on one charge stemming from the incident.

Defendant Corwynn Valencia entered a Taos Magistrate Court courtroom Tuesday morning with a cast on his arm for a gunshot wound he allegedly sustained during the multi-agency pursuit. Two officers from separate agencies fired shots as Valencia allegedly fled law enforcement, with an officer from Taos Police Department firing the bullet that purportedly struck Valencia in the hand.

The defendant was read a single charge connected to the event – receiving or transferring stolen vehicles, a fourth-degree felony.

The court determined that Valencia's bond would be set at $200,000 cash only. If that bond were to be met, he would be placed on house arrest, among other conditions of release that include mandatory drug and alcohol testing and a mental health evaluation.

Additional charges, including four counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer, had previously been filed in Taos District Court. During a prior hearing, Judge Sarah Backus replaced a no-bond hold with a $1,000 cash assurity bond, allowing a conditional release.

A pre-trial hearing in Valencia's case has not yet been set, according to public court records. A hearing regarding the defendant's bond and conditions of release has been scheduled for Thursday (Oct. 5) at 2 p.m.