Published: 3:25 am, Thu. Jul. 13th, 2017Updated: 3:23 am
An Artesia man was arrested on multiple charges Sunday after firing a handgun into the floor of his residence with his girlfriend and her two daughters present, then following the trio in his vehicle while intoxicated.
Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched just before 9 p.m. Sunday to the area of First and Main streets in reference to a beige 1999 Ford pickup whose driver was armed with a gun.
Police spotted the truck near the intersection of Heath Street and Bullock Avenue and initiated a stop in the Chevron parking lot at 1304 First St. Officers confronted the occupant, identified as Jose Carlos Guillermo-Saucedo, 36, of Artesia, who gave officers permission to search the vehicle. No gun was found.
Police then made contact with Guillermo-Saucedo’s girlfriend, who said the two had been in an argument at their residence. The woman indicated she would call the police, at which time, the report states, Guillermo-Saucedo told her “I don’t care if you call the police” and fired a handgun into the kitchen floor while the woman was seated at the table.
The woman told police she and her two young daughters, who were also present in the home at the time, left the residence intending to travel to Texas when Guillermo-Saucedo, who had allegedly been drinking, began following them.
Officers spoke with the oldest of the woman’s two daughters, who told them Guillermo-Saucedo had fired a pistol “several times into the floor” of the residence.
Upon examination of the residence, the APD located four spent casings in the kitchen from a .380 caliber weapon, three bullet holes in the kitchen floor, and a fourth that had not penetrated the flooring in the same area. Officers also determined that in addition to the close proximity of the girlfriend at the time Guillermo-Saucedo fired the gun, the two children were just over 8 feet away in the living room.
Back at the Chevron station, officers conducted a field sobriety test on Guillermo-Saucedo, which he failed. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Artesia Detention Center.
Guillermo-Saucedo was subsequently charged with aggravated DWI, negligent use of a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence (fourth-degree felony), aggravated assault against a household member (fourth-degree felony), intimidation of a witness (third-degree felony), and child abuse (third-degree felony).