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October 24, 2013
Repeat Aggravated Stalker Turns Violent

A suspect, who was arrested in July for stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend, is behind bars for stalking the same woman again, and this time he threatened to kill her and himself.

Manuel Maes, 30, is charged with aggravated stalking, assault on a household member and criminal damage to property after the victim called police Monday, October 21, 2013 around 2 p.m. reporting Maes was again at her work, demanding money and this time threatening to kill her. She claims he said he was “going to kill her and confront the guy that just got out of her car, and if he tries to be a hero, he is going to get stabbed.”

The victim felt threatened and told police Maes has been excessively texting her and stalking her since his July arrest. She explained sometimes the suspect sends her more than 100 text messages a day.

When police arrived on scene, Maes ran into a nearby business (Mattress Firm on the 3300 Block of Cerrillos Road), went into the bathroom and climbed into the ceiling, damaging several ceiling tiles. 

Officers arrested him and because the suspect threatened to kill himself, took him to the hospital where he told police it didn’t matter what they charged him with, he would beat the charges.

The victim also informed the suspect she would file a restraining order and he allegedly stated, “a piece of paper is not going to stop me.” 

Maes has been arrested 26 times since 1999 for drug possession, felony stalking, armed robbery, aggravated assault, battery on a household member and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

He is currently awaiting grand jury trial for an aggravated stalking case that occurred in October of 2011 (different victim).

Manuel Maes is being held in the Santa Fe County Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

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