Burglary suspects plead not guilty

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Two suspects who police say shot at a man during a November burglary pleaded not guilty in Valencia County District Court on Tuesday.

The suspects, Jeremy Hicks, 24, and Joshua Adams, 24, both of Belen, pleaded not guilty to the charges during their arraignment hearings in front of District Court Judge William Sanchez.

The two, along with Brandi Heald, 15, of Los Lunas, are accused of breaking into a house on Morgan Road, and shooting at a neighbor when he blocked the suspects' vehicle in the driveway.

Last month, all three were indicted by a Valencia County grand jury on charges of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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.

In another case last 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.

Police also found 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.

Both Hicks and Adams are being held at the Valencia County Detention Center on $150,000 cash or surety bonds.


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