Judge orders release of man accused of trying to burn his mom's house down | KOB 4

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. 


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. 

Copyright 2020 - KOB-TV LLC, A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Comment on Facebook



APD's SWAT team arrests murder suspect

1 new COVID-19 death reported in New Mexico as total cases rise to 403

Furloughs, freeze in services on the table as NM faces budget shortfall

Workforce Solutions trying to meet demand of surge in unemployment claims

More than 150 complaints of price gouging reported to NM attorney general