Search continues for suspect in shooting

Steve Garrison
Rogelio "Dizzy" Esparza

AZTEC — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office continued to search Tuesday for the 29-year-old man allegedly involved in Saturday's non-fatal shooting.

Rogelio "Dizzy" Esparza was charged Monday in Aztec Magistrate Court with armed robbery, armed burglary, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Esparza is accused of shooting 27-year-old Raymond Shalley in the leg on Saturday morning at a residence on County Road 5482, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Shalley told a detective with the sheriff's office that a man he did not recognize entered the residence at approximately 9:30 a.m. armed with a firearm and asked "Where's my chick?"

Shalley said before he could answer, the man shot him in the left leg, near the ankle, and pointed the gun at his head, the affidavit states.

The affidavit states the man struck Shalley once with the butt of the gun, stole $20 from him and then fled the residence in a white Nissan passenger car with a damaged rear bumper.

A Farmington police officer later spotted the suspect vehicle parked in the 700 block of Mesa Verde Avenue in Farmington, the affidavit states.

The officer told detectives two 9-millimeter shell casings were found on the car's cowl plate, located at the base of the vehicle's windshield, according to the affidavit.

A resident at the Mesa Verde residence, Marco Aguirre-Wood, told a detective that a man named "Dizzy" had picked him up in the vehicle on Saturday morning and they drove to the residence on County Road 5482.

He said "Dizzy" went into the residence armed with a handgun and came out a short while later, the affidavit states.

Aguirre-Wood said as they drove away from the residence, "Dizzy" spotted a woman walking on the road, according to the affidavit. He told the detective "Dizzy" stopped the vehicle, grabbed the woman by the hair and smashed her head on the vehicle's hood, the affidavit states.

All three of them then drove to a convenience store, where "Dizzy" gave the keys to Aguirre-Wood and left on foot with the woman, according to the affidavit.

Aguirre-Wood has not been charged in connection to the case.

Detectives learned through an associate that the father of "Dizzy" lived at a residence on County Road 5474, the affidavit states. A woman at the residence identified "Dizzy" as Roger Esparza.

Shalley identified Esparza as the shooter in a photo line-up, according to the affidavit.

Esparza's cash-only bail is set at $100,000, according to court records.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.