Grand jury indicts three suspects

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A Valencia County grand jury indicted three people believed to be involved in a November burglary where a man was shot who was trying to thwart the suspects' getaway.

The suspects, Jeremy Hicks, 24, of Belen; Joshua Adams, 24, of Belen; and Brandi Heald, 15, of Los Lunas, were indicted on charges of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The trio are charged with breaking into a house on Morgan Road, and shooting at a neighbor when he blocked the suspects' vehicle in the driveway.

Along with a television, a game console and nearly all of the homeowner's jewelry, the victims reported that a fireproof security box filled with their adopted children's original birth certificates and other "irreplaceable" documents were stolen.

Homeowner and burglary victim Denise Jaramillo got the personal documents back that were taken in the burglary. The documents included original birth certificates and photos of her two adopted children, who are from Ukraine and China.

In March, police said Hicks fled from a state police officer who was attempting to make a traffic stop as the vehicle was traveling westbound on El Cerro Mission Road.

According to the criminal complaint, Hicks fled from police after he suddenly stopped on westbound El Cerro Mission Road and traveled at a high rate of speed after the officer engaged his siren.

Police decided to initiate a traffic stop after Hicks failed to maintain his lane and crossed the center lane twice on El Cerro Mission Road.

The complaint said Hicks drove in a reckless manner southbound on N.M. 263, and then south on N.M. 47 and continued onto westbound River Road.

Shortly after, police said Hicks nearly crashed into a Belen police unit near Mesa and Reinken roads, ending up crashing into a ditchbank directly east of Andres Sanchez.

Police found a .38-caliber automatic handgun with two fully-loaded magazines and a box of ammunition, according to the complaint. There were also two bags of heroin, two syringes with needles and two glass pipes in the vehicle.

Last year, Adams was charged with two counts of receiving or transferring of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and criminal damage to property in a separate case. That case is pending.

Valencia County Sheriff's deputies say both men could be connected to additional burglaries in the area. No new charges have been filed.


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