Police: Suspect admits to robbing tourists, teen

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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 6:00 pm | Updated: 8:11 pm, Sat Jul 5, 2014.

Santa Fe police arrested a suspect Saturday who they say admitted to four recent armed robberies in the city, including the mugging of a teenage girl who was leaving her volunteer job Monday at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum downtown.

Andrew Valencia, 42, was arrested just before 2 p.m. in the 3200 block of Cerrillos Road, according to a police department news release. During the arrest, the news release says, officers found a BB gun in Valencia’s backpack that has been altered to look like a real handgun.

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  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:35 am on Mon, Jul 7, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 619

    Enamoured with illegals because I am one? Bwhahahahaha!!! You fool...If only you knew!! I am not enamoured with illegals, I'm just sick of the fact that so many people blame all the crime arond here on the illegals when it's mostly the local Hispanic population. Sure, there's a few gringos thrown in every once in a while as well as a few illegals but it's mostly THE LOCALS. The truth hurts but you gotta suck it up someday.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:07 am on Mon, Jul 7, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1041

    Carolyn, Why are you so enamored with illegals. Let me guess, you are one. This paper serves as a spokesperson in favor of you folks. So, rarely is ever, will you read a story about the crimes committed by you folks that illegally entered/reside within our borders. We also get forced fed crap like today's story about Banda music on the front pages of Santa Fe's only daily. Really the article is in English. What purpose does it serve except to shove the SFNM's pro-illegal addenda down the City of Santa Fe's throats. You think ESL readers bother with the SF NEW Mexican?

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:57 am on Mon, Jul 7, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1041


  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 10:20 pm on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 619

    ..."you can look at last names and tell they aren't from these parts,"... EXACTLY!! LOCALS!!

  • Sabine Strohem posted at 10:14 pm on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 142

    Is that "the face of meth"?

  • Meredith Madri posted at 5:00 pm on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    FilmArtPhoto Posts: 68

    Our "Catch & Release" Court system strikes again.

    Great job by the SFPD, but it will be all for nothing if the "C & R" system continues in perpetuity.

  • David Romero posted at 12:56 pm on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    bigd1973 Posts: 204

    He might be second or third generation illegal. Even though if his descendants are native Santa Feans it would not surprise me a bit. Between both parties there is a a big city crime problem in SF.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:24 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1582

    That's not true, you can look at last names and tell they aren't from these parts, at least not legally.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:09 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 619

    Here's to all those that consistently blame all the crime on the illegal immigrants. When the losers are caught and their names revealed, those people tend to shut up. The losers are our own local lovelies, just about every single time.

  • Chris Mechels posted at 8:38 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 320

    Part of the problem here is the DA Spence Pacheco, as her office brings the charges before the judge, and also before the Grand Jury.

    Spence is doing a lousy job, and a former Grand Jury Foreman shared with me the frustration of watching the same petty criminals being released of bail, and come around again, all within the 90 days of the Grand Jury service.

    We should elect competent District Attorneys, not hacks like Spence.

  • Dean Norris posted at 7:15 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    Dean Norris Posts: 13

    Congrats to the detectives and officers that nabbed this threat! Outstanding job!

  • Andi Garcia posted at 6:54 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    garciaandi Posts: 49

    With scum, like this creep, roaming our streets... I worry about my elderly parents being out there. Keep this creep in jail and start fitting the time to the crime. Wow...

  • El Cie Vigil posted at 6:22 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    El Cie Vigil Posts: 26

    Thought I heard recently that the NM legislature was interesting in strengthening criminal law in New Mexico. IMO, that is where the root of the problem is, followed by judges that are a bit too lenient. They can only impose guidelines around current law.

  • David Romero posted at 3:04 am on Sun, Jul 6, 2014.

    bigd1973 Posts: 204

    SFPD got on this one pretty quick. Looks like the posters are right, the court system is a revolving door. Thats why you have all of these thugs running around SF terrorizing people.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:15 pm on Sat, Jul 5, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 619

    Arrested 33 times and he still walks among us! Oh, that's right, this is Santa Fe. So typical. Let's see how long he's locked up this time.

  • Donald Sure posted at 8:33 pm on Sat, Jul 5, 2014.

    Older and wiser Posts: 442

    I looked up Mr. Valencia on NMCourts.gov and found the following:
    (Used the year of Birth 1972, there were records with other years of birth, and many with no year of birth listed. Could not be sure if these were a part of the 33 arrests attributed to Valencia)

    2002-(Mgistrate Court) M-49-VR-2005-00420 / Guilty to Battery Against a Household Member;
    2002 (District Court) D-412-CR-2002-00063 / Forgery - Dismissed
    2002 (District Court) D-202-CR-2001-02891 / Forgery - no result posted
    2003 (District Court) D-101-CR-2003-00179 / DWI - Guilty / Deferred
    2003 (District Court) D-101-CR-2003-00068 / Burglary - Guilty / Deferred
    2010 (Mgistrate Court) M-49-MR-2010-00278 / Revoked License - Dismissed by Officer
    2011 (District Court) D-101-CR-2011-00059 / Guilty - Burglary and Larceny
    2012 (Magistrate Court) M-49-MR-2012-01750 / Revoked License - Dismissed Officer Did not appear
    2014 (Mgistrate Court) M-49-MR-2014-01212 / shoplifting, Drug paraphernalia, and Conceal ID - Pending

  • Andrew Lucero posted at 8:02 pm on Sat, Jul 5, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 269

    Arrested 33 times! This is beyond outrageous....Why in the hell was this scum bag allowed to walk our streets? It's no small miracle that he has not killed anyone yet during one of his drug fueled robberies... Does someone have to die before our incompetent District Attorney and worthless judges finally act?

  • Peter Neal posted at 7:07 pm on Sat, Jul 5, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 716

    This guy was on my "top 100" list of repeat offenders at SFPD for over 5 years. He is a classic case of the revolving door system that gives chronic offenders multiple chances to commit more crimes by giving them little or no prison time. The bleeding hearts will post here that he needs "treatment", blah blah blah.. the ONLY way to guarantee that he will not victimize more people is to lock him up, for a long time. And I could give a sh#t if it does not "rehabilitate" him. He is way past that.


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