Arrest Leads to Evidence that Suspect Meant to Kill Ex-girlfriend and Himself


Date:   11/06/2013

San Juan County, NM – On Monday evening, October 28, 2013,  San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence on County Road 6361 (Kirtland, NM) in reference to a domestic dispute.  Subsequent investigation revealed that a the 31 year-old female living at the residence  had been pushed to the ground and repeatedly punched in the chest by her boyfriend.  Her boyfriend was identified as 38 year-old, Roy Manzanares. 

The woman told deputies  that as Manzanares beat her, he had yelled at her saying “from now on you are going to obey me”.   Manzanares was arrested for Battery on a Household Member and False Imprisonment.  He was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.  “A few days later, rhe female vicrim obtained a temporary restraining order against Manzanares,” explained San Juan County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Cordell Tanner.  “Deputies met with Manzanares and served him with the restraining order, which clearly stated he was to have no contact with the victim.”

On November 3, 2013,  deputies were dispatched to an unrelated disturbance in the same neighborhood.  “While dealing with that situation, deputies saw a male figure standing at the window of previous domestic violence victim’s house,” said Tanner.  “They contacted the man and discovered it was Manzanares, watching his former girlfriend through the window.”  He was subsequently arrested for Aggravated Stalking, Violation of an Order of Protection, Resisting Arrest and 2 counts of Assault on a Peace Officer.  He was once again booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on the new charges.  

A short time later a citizen in the same neighborhood called dispatch to report a suspicious car parked on their property.  “The car was checked and found to be Manzanares’ car,” said Tanner.  “It was parked approximately 150 yards from the victim’s residence.  When deputies searched the car they found packaging and a receipt for a recently purchased knife.  However, the knife was not located.”

Search warrants were then obtained on Manzanares’s cell phone.  Text messages were found from the night of November 3, 2013.  “The messages between Manzanares and a friend express how Manzanares is upset over the situation with his former girlfriend,” said Tanner.  The text messages ended with Manzanares telling his friend “…I won’t be hurt twice with the same chick.  …So both our lives end tonight.”

“Because deputies were diligent in their work, and took the time to investigate the individual standing outside of the victims house, we feel that her life was saved,” said Tanner.  “This time we were able to save a woman’s life.”