BF man arrested in road-rage incident Tuesday

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A 50-year-old Bosque Farms man is sitting in the county jail for allegedly pointing a gun at a couple three different times during a road-rage incident on Tuesday.

Bosque Farms Capt. David Gallegos said Joe Blevins is charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was booked into the Valencia County Detention Center. He is being held on a $30,000 cash or surety bond.

Gallegos said officers were initially called to Kelly Liquors in Bosque Farms about a man with a gun, but when Sgt. Dawne Roberto went to the business, employees told her nothing had happened.

After contacting the complaining party, Sgt. Roberto learned that the couple had been involved in a road-rage incident with Blevins on Bosque Farms Boulevard.

According to Gallegos, the victims were driving southbound on N.M. 47 when they pulled in front of Blevins. When the driver looked into his rear-view mirror, he saw the driver of the vehicle behind him pointing a handgun at them.

"The suspect accelerated and drove into the shared center lane and pulled up next to them and pointed the handgun at them again through the passenger side window," the captain said. "The victim said he slammed on his breaks to make a complete stop. The suspect made a U-turn and came back at them at a high rate of speed in the victim's lane as if he wanted to hit them."

Gallegos said at the last moment, the victim turned his car hard to the right and accelerated, which made him run over a curb.

"They thought the guy was actually going to hit him," Gallegos said. "As the cars passed each other again, the suspect pointed the handgun out of the driver's side window for a third time."

The victims were able to get the suspect's license plate number and Bosque Farms police officers and Valencia County sheriff's deputies were able to locate him at his home on Ranchitos Road, where he was arrested. Gallegos said investigators were waiting on a search warrant Tuesday night for the vehicle and the property to try and recover a hand gun.

Additional charges may be added as the investigation continues.

Bosque Farms Police Chief Greg Jones said this case could have ended tragically.

"Thankfully the victims are safe, the officers and deputies are safe and the suspect was arrested without being injured," Jones said.


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