12 Felony Arrests; 130 Homes Visited
By Officer Tasia Martinez
More than 40 law enforcement officials took part in a 6-hour operation in the Southeast Area Command on Saturday, targeting probation violators who live near the State Fairgrounds. While assisting the Probation and Parole Office in random probation compliance checks, officers made 12 felony arrests and filed new charges on many others who were already on probation.
Six teams made up of officers from the APD Southeast Field Officers and Southeast Impact Detectives, the Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole and the United States Marshalls Service walked through neighborhoods surrounding the New Mexico State Fair Grounds, visiting a total of 130 homes to check on individuals who are currently out of jail on active probation or parole. Officials say that in addition to making a dozen new felony arrests, they also made arrests for narcotics violations, probation violations and arrest warrants.
One of the arrests included Mitchell Overhand, 40, who absconded from probation on a second-degree murder charge.
These safety and compliance checks are done in conjunction with the opening of the New Mexico State Fair. The APD Southeast Area Command Officers have taken these extra measures to promote safety and reduce criminal activity around the State Fair Grounds in anticipation of the many who will attend festivities on the Fairgrounds throughout the following weeks.
Officers also say that in addition to managing probation compliance, they walked the neighborhoods in groups to promote peace of mind for the community and show a strong police presence in the surrounding neighborhoods.