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July 3, 2015

The Hobbs Police Department can confirm law enforcement officials in Seminole, Texas have arrested Christopher Cardenas for a Probation Violation and have served an arrest warrant on Cardenas charging him with an open count of Murder from the June 26, 2015 homicide here in Hobbs, New Mexico.  Cardenas will be held without bond pending extradition. 

Erica Martinez, 27 of Hobbs, continues to be a person of interest in this case. 

If you have any information regarding this investigation please contact the Hobbs Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (575) 397-9286 or Lea County Crime Stoppers at (575) 393-8005. 


July 2, 2015

On July 1, 2015 at about 6 pm officers with the Hobbs Police Department responded to a parking lot in the 2500 block of E. Sanger, in reference to shots fired.  While en route, officers would be summoned to Lea Regional Medical center for a subject suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Officers learned Thomas May, 35, of Hobbs, was being treated for a gunshot wound.  He was airlifted to a Lubbock area hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition. 

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Hobbs Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 575-397-9286 or Lea County Crime Stoppers at 575-393-8005. 


Pre Incident Plan Program

The Hobbs Fire Department has begun updating contact information and detailed site plans of all businesses within the City of Hobbs.  This is an annual process the department conducts in order to have current information available in the event of an emergency.  These updated plans will be scanned into our database and utilized by the staff of the Hobbs Fire Department.  The responding personnel will utilize this information to better assess the needs of the incident and determine the resources needed to mitigate the issue.

The information gathered and the responsibilities of the crew initiating the Pre-Incident plan will vary according to the building occupancy and overall size of the structure.  Fire crews will be visiting area businesses to gather the information for the Pre-Incident plan.   It is important to keep in mind this is not an inspection and is primarily for the response considerations and emergent efforts of our responding personnel.  The pre-incident planning process also plays a vital role in our Insurance Service Office rating which could potentially affect fire department funding and insurance policy rates within the City of Hobbs.

We appreciate the cooperation of all business owners and citizens with respect to this process.  The Hobbs Fire Departments commitment and overall concern for the community will continue to be important as we move forward.  If you have any further questions or need additional information please contact Captain Paul Thompson at 575-397-9308.



May 27, 2015

Hobbs Police Department is looking for individuals interested in being a Police Officer. Starting salary with no experience is $22.28 per hour. Anyone who is interested is asked to contact Officer Stone at 397-9381 or go to Human Resources at City Hall on Broadway for information and an application. The City of Hobbs is an Equal Opportunity Employer


May 21, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20th, Officers from the Hobbs Police Department arrested 38 year old Mark Laster of Hobbs on 2 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children- Manufacturing (each 2nd degree Felonies) and 18 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children- Distribution (each 3nd degree Felonies). 

The arrest stems from a joint investigation between the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the Hobbs Police Department, in which it was determined Laster was downloading and viewing child pornography.  Hobbs detectives executed a search warrant at Laster’s residence, in the 1200 block of East Michigan, where a laptop computer and compact discs containing child pornography were seized.  Laster is currently being held on a $280,000 bond. 

Brian Dunlap
Deputy Chief


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Traffic Congestion on North Turner

Hobbs Police Department would like to remind citizens to drive with caution due to the high number of vehicles on North Turner from Sanger to Grimes Streets.  Drivers are asked to slow down and make sure there is ample distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.  The center lane is for left turning only.  It is not a merge lane.



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