Santa Fe County – New Mexico State Police arrested a 17 year old female at the Santa Fe Wal-Mart on Friday evening, May 10, 2013.
On May 8, 2013, State Police met with a man who wished to report that he was being blackmailed. The man said he had recently met and had consensual sexual contact with a young female. Since that incident, the female had been visiting the man at work, texting, and calling him. The female demanded to be paid $500 every Friday for three weeks. The female told the man that if he didn’t pay, she would tell the police that he raped her. The female also threatened to harm the man and the man’s daughter. The female was identified as Selena Velasquez (17) of Glorieta NM.
The victim cooperated and made a controlled phone call. During the call the suspect clearly threatened and extorted the victim.
A sting operation for the night of Friday, May 10, 2013 was organized. The victim asked the suspect to meet him at Wal-Mart in Santa Fe so he could pay her the money. Surveillance was set up by State Police officers.
The suspect arrived in the parking lot for the exchange. Velasquez was arrested without incident.
Velasquez was later booked into the Santa Fe County juvenile detention center.
All officers involved in this case deserve to be recognized for quickly solving a serious and complex felony case with a minimum amount of resources. Although there was a potential for violence during the sting operation, not a single officer had to use force, no property was damaged, and no injures were reported for all involved parties.
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Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez