By Carlos Padilla
As has been reported only in this newspaper, Truth or Consequences has experienced a recent increase in property crimes – burglaries of vehicles and homes. Truth or Consequences Police Department officials have confirmed that firearms and expensive electronic equipment continue to be targeted by thieves communitywide.
So it may have come as a surprise to law enforcement officials over the weekend to be dispatched to a report involving a baby stroller bandit, but that’s precisely what happened in the predawn hours of Sunday, Dec. 7, according to a criminal complaint filed in Sierra County Magistrate Court on Monday, Dec. 8, that led to the arrest of 24-year-old Ismael Dominguez.
TCPD Officer Anthony Zagorski states in the court document that he and Officer Gary Richins responded to the alley along Mims Street between Broadway and Austin Street at approximately 4 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, regarding a report a man who had attempted to break into a vehicle. The suspect was described as wearing a gray and black jacket and blue jeans.
The suspect was recognized and identified by one of the property owners as being Mr. Dominguez. Dominguez was located moments later by Officer Zagorski sitting on a park bench near the pond at Ralph Edwards Park. When the officer shined his headlights on the man, Dominguez reportedly pulled his hood over his head, grabbed a cup from the picnic table and poured out a liquid, and began to walk away from the officer.
Officer Zagorski order Dominguez several times to stop, however, the suspect began to run in the direction of the skate park, ignoring the officer’s commands. A foot chase ensued, and Officer Zagorski radioed Dispatch. Offcicer Zagorski tackled Dominguez as they crossed Cedar Street into Ralph Edwards Park, and he and Officer Richins placed Dominguez in handcuffs.
A subsequent search resulted in two bags with small amounts of marijuana located on Dominguez.
While waiting for the victim to arrive on scene and identify Mr. Dominguez, Dominguez was read his Miranda rights and requested an attorney be present.
The victim arrived on scene and stated that her husband had heard his car door shut outside of their apartment and went outside to investigate. The man reportedly saw Dominguez walking away from his vehicle and asked the man what he was doing. Dominguez reportedly told the man, “Nothing.” Dominguez reportedly told the man, “I didn’t take anything, so you don’t have to call the cops.”
The female victim again described the suspect’s clothing and then identified Dominguez as being the man who attempted to steal a baby stroller from their vehicle.
Mr. Dominguez was transported to the local detention center and charged with fourth-degree felony burglary as well as a criminal count of possession of marijuana and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
Detention Center officials told The Herald Monday afternoon that a mugshot for Mr. Dominguez was not available as the suspect was too intoxicated to stand still for a photograph.