State police arrest wanted Talpa man using ‘aircraft’


Updated Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

New Mexico State Police arrested a Talpa man wanted on two warrants out of Taos District Court and Río Arriba County Magistrate Court Thursday (Feb. 8) using supporting “aircraft.” 

Daniel Kesner was taken into custody early in the morning at a residence on Maestas Road in Talpa, according to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the state police.

She said Kesner surrendered “without incident” and confirmed that “aircraft” was used during the arrest, possibly explaining the helicopter activity several Taos County residents reported hearing and seeing early Thursday morning.

Armjio explained that the use of aircraft was “requested and deemed necessary for the safety of all citizens and officers.” 

Asked to provide further details as to why a single man warranted the use of such resources, however, Armijo declined to comment.

Kesner had been wanted on charges that included aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property, burglary and larceny, among other charges in Taos County.

In Río Arriba County, Kesner had picked up charges that included aggravated DWI, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, and other charges.

A prior charge of criminal sexual penetration in the third-degree filed in Taos Magistrate Court in 2016 was dismissed by a state prosecutor.

State police declined to send a press release, calling the incident a “general arrest.”

On Monday (Feb. 12), an affidavit of Kesner’s surrender and arrest was filed in Santa Fe Magistrate Court. The same day, a motion for the defendant to be released on bond was also filed.

A hearing for the motion is scheduled for March 21.

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