Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Augustin Gallegos, age 34, of Portales, was indicted Friday morning by Grand Jury on charges of First Degree Kidnapping (Intent to Commit Death, a Physical Injury or a Sexual Offense), Abuse of a Child (Does Not Result in Death or Great Bodily Harm), Tampering with Evidence, and two counts of Contributing to a Delinquency of a Minor.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, a 9 year old female child was reported missing after not returning home from school in Texico, New Mexico. During the investigation, it was determined by law enforcement the child was taken in a vehicle by Gallegos, a family friend. The Texico Police Department worked throughout the night and ultimately located the child locked in a storage room at a church in Portales. Gallegos admitted to transporting the child to Texas and then to Portales, knowing that law enforcement, her family, and the community were searching for the child. Gallegos ultimately admitted he had taken the child and led Texico police to the church at approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The child was unharmed and reunited with her mother.
Gallegos is currently being housed at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on a no-bond hold. A Pre-Trial Detention Hearing was held this afternoon in front of the Honorable Donna J. Mowrer at the Portales District Court and the defendant will be kept in custody for further hearings.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.