Mother threatens to shoot impostor salesman who refused to leave her property

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man posing as a salesman gave a local mom quite the scare Wednesday when he came on her property. When he wouldn’t leave, she confronted him. She even threatened him with a gun.

“Keep walking, keep walking now. You do not enter somebody’s property,” Chelsea Starks said in her Facebook video.

Around 7:00 on Wednesday night outside Starks’ South Valley home, she found a man inside her gate. “He just tried to unlatch my gate, and I’m sitting on the porch, and I immediately tell him, ‘Stop! Who are you?'” said Starks.

She said the man wouldn’t tell her who he worked for, or show her his name. The encounter then escalated. “I told you do not enter my gate, you enter my gate and my dogs bite you and I shoot you, that’s your mistake,” she told the man.

She said he was even making strange comments to her children. “He told my kids, ‘I’ll come back girls, I’ll come back, I’ll see you later. I’ll come back for you.’ And that is when I lost it. I just lost it,” Starks said.

Her video was able to capture the names of two different businesses. Horizon Energy was on his shirt, and Solcius was on his name badge. A spokesperson for Solcius confirms he’s never worked for them, and now Stark feels he may have been scoping out her home.

“He had it pressed up with the camera facing out, and I can’t guarantee that he was taking video or picture, but he was making a panoramic view with his iPad,” she said.

Her motherly instincts kicked in, and she said she was going to do whatever it took to protect her family. “When you’re in that kind of situation, you don’t know how to handle it, and it was very scary,” Starks said.

Solcius, the company listed on the man’s name badge, says they don’t know where he got the name badge.

After KRQE News 13’s story aired on Thursday, a spokesperson from Horizon Energy issued the following response:

The salesman in the story is a registered salesman. He sells solar energy systems for residential homes for Horizon Energy, a solar sales company based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Since Monday, July 29th, the Horizon Energy sales team has been in Albuquerque, New Mexico, selling door to door.

Horizon Energy works in partnership with a few solar install companies to sell residential solar systems to homeowners throughout the nation. Horizon Energy handles the lead generation and point of sale and then works in conjunction with the install company to complete the process. Horizon Energy has had a working relationship with Solcius and Clear Home in other markets like Arizona and California. The Horizon Energy team that is currently in Albuquerque, NM is selling the deals with another install partner, independent of Solcius and Clear Home. Although Horizon Energy had a partnership relationship with Solcius and Clear Home in other states, they did not have approval to sell deals through Solcius in New Mexico. Records will show no deals have been sold through Solcius. The sales representative in this incident erroneously put on his Solcius issued badge to indicate he sold solar and to have a badge that had his name on it because he forgot his Horizon Energy badge on this trip. Of course, going forward he will have a Horizon Energy badge.

Our salesman says that the comments that were stated about speaking to the mother’s children were not accurate. He said “Have a good day, girls,” not “I’ll be back for you.”

There were no photos or videos taken of Ms. Starks or her children, or anything else.

Madison Arnold, Horizon Energy

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