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Judge orders release of man accused of trying to burn his mom's house down

KOB Web Staff
Updated: February 20, 2020 03:22 PM
Created: February 20, 2020 11:46 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man accused of trying to light his mom's house on fire was at the center of a SWAT situation over the weekend will be allowed to leave jail.

Judge Richard Brown gave Harold Valdez, 37, conditions of release Thursday morning. 

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Valdez caused quite the commotion at a motel on Central Sunday. Travelers staying there talked with KOB 4. 

"This was a really convenient, centrally-located place to stay and everybody at the motel has been extremely nice," said Jon Preston, who was staying a few doors down from Valdez. "But this was unexpected and just another part of the story of our travels." 

Police used a K-9, robots, SWAT trucks and tactical gear to get Valdez out – but he eventually just came out on his own and was arrested. He has faced a number of previous charges including battery on an officer, assault on an officer, aggravated battery and resisting an officer. 


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