A homeowner’s warning shot and 911 call thwarted an attempted break-in at a residence in central Santa Fe early one morning last month, court records show.
According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, Matthew Quintana, 28, who faces a charge of criminal damage to property, was severely intoxicated at the time, with a blood-alcohol content of nearly four times the legal limit for driving. The complaint says he believed he was being pursued by someone who intended to kill him when he first pounded on the front door of the home on Velarde Road, in a neighborhood off Siringo Road, and then broke a window and tried to climb through, prompting the homeowner to fire a shot through the window frame.
Santa Fe police Capt. Paul Joye said Thursday that Quintana wasn’t arrested
May 10, the day of the incident, because he injured his arm by forcing it through the window and was hospitalized for treatment.
He has been issued a summons to appear in court.
The couple living in the home woke around 3:30 a.m. to loud banging on the door and found Quintana screaming, “This is a life or death situation,” the complaint said.
Quintana tried to force open the door and then broke a window near the kitchen, according to the complaint.
Meanwhile, the man inside the home retrieved a semi-automatic handgun from a safe.
As Quintana tried to enter through the window, the complaint said, the homeowner fired a warning shot, leaving a bullet hole in the window frame.
The homeowner told his girlfriend to call 911 and warned Quintana that police would be on their way, the complaint said.
Police arrived and interviewed Quintana and the couple, as well as a friend of Quintana’s, who told officers he had been drinking with Quintana the previous evening. Quintana believed another man was trying to kill him, the friend said.
The two went to sleep at a nearby home, and when the friend woke, Quintana was gone, the complaint said.
Police said Quintana’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.3.
Damage to the home and a motorcycle outside was estimated at $1,500, court records show.