New Mexico

Alcalde woman in fatal shooting tells deputies stranger barged in, assaulted her

by Nico Roesler, The New Mexican  |  published on December 26, 2012

A 35-year-old woman told deputies that she shot and killed a man after he allegedly barged into her Alcalde home on Saturday and tried to undress her at knife point.

Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputies responded to the woman’s 911 call at her house off County Road 39, north of Española, at about 11 a.m. Saturday. According to search warrant affidavits filed in state District Court this week, the incident began when the woman heard a knock on her door and opened it to a man she didn’t recognize.

“While [she was] trying to speak to the unknown male,” one warrant states, “he walked in forcing his way through the front door.” The woman told police that the man — later identified as Lawrence Sandoval, 33, of Taos — said “he had followed her home from the gas station.”

The man picked up a knife from the woman’s kitchen table and told her, “Nice blade you have here,” the warrant states. She told him to leave, according to the warrant, and ran to her bedroom.

The woman told police that Sandoval had said, “That’s a good idea,” according to the warrant, but instead of leaving her home, he followed her into the bedroom.

The man allegedly put the knife to her chin and told her to take off her clothes. “He grabbed her and tore her shirt while he pushed her onto the bed,” the warrant states.

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