NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were called around 9:30 p.m. Thursday to a residence on the 1700 block of Potomac Rd. near Isleta Blvd. BCSO says 40-year-old Jebrene Garcia broke into a trailer, armed herself with a knife and barricaded herself. BCSO K-9 police service dog Nordy was stabbed during the incident. Nordy has only been working with BCSO for six months, they say the dog is in stable condition.
Officials say Garcia broke into the home, which belonged to her sister’s ex-boyfriend, by removing an air conditioning unit from a window. BCSO says she armed herself with a kitchen knife and got into a fight with people in the home before they escaped. BCSO’s SWAT and Crisis Management Team were called when Garcia became upset and was not complying with deputies.
BCSO says Garcia continued to resist and Nordy was sent into the trailer and came back out a short time later with an eight-inch in his back. “I talked to the K-9 handler a little bit earlier. He’s in good spirits. He’s very optimistic about the condition of the dog at this point, and I believe in anywhere from about ten days to two weeks, the dog will be back on the streets,” BCSO Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III said. Garcia surrendered and was taken into custody around 8 a.m. Friday.
Garcia has been charged with aggravated burglary, asssault on a peace officer for threatening a SWAT officer with a knife, and injury to a police dog. Deputies say they don’t typically use protective vests for their K9’s because they can get hung up on objects or even give suspects something to hold on to.
Garcia has a bizarre and violent history. She was just released from jail last week after serving time for two cases. One case was where she blindfolded herself and a child and walked into traffic. They weren’t hurt. She was out of jail for that crime when she attacked her neighbor and held him against his will at his own house. She threatened him with a hatch and knife and shot him repeatedly with a BB gun. She then poured cooking oil and water him. He escaped the next day.
She was also arrested in 2018 for throwing a knife at a teenager and before that for several domestic violence situations. Her competency was questioned in past cases but she was deemed competent.