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IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO
7 STATE OF NEW MEXICO,
10 CARMEN DIAZ,
12 APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF VALENCIA COUNTY
13 William A. Sanchez, District Judge
14 Gary K. King, Attorney General
15 Santa Fe, NM
16 for Appellee
17 Deschamps & Kortemeier Law Offices, P.C.
18 Lauren Reed
19 Socorro, NM
20 for Appellant
22 VANZI, Judge.
Defendant appeals from her “order of probation” based on her underlying
3 (methamphetamine). Our second notice proposed to affirm, and Defendant filed a
4 timely memorandum in opposition.
We remain unpersuaded by Defendant’s
5 arguments and therefore affirm.
Defendant continues to argue that the district court erred in denying her motion
7 to suppress based on her argument that Deputy Martinez’ warrantless search of her
8 purse was unlawful. [MIO 3; RP 24, 45, 56] As provided in our second notice,
9 Deputy Martinez stopped a vehicle occupied by Defendant and Donnie Hobbs while
10 in the course investigating an armed robbery in which Hobbs was a suspect. [DS 1-2]
11 During the course of the stop, in which both Defendant and Hobbs were questioned
12 outside of the vehicle, Defendant returned to the vehicle to retrieve her purse. [DS 2;
13 RP 44] When Deputy Martinez tried to grab her purse, Defendant grabbed the purse
14 away. [DS 2] Given Hobbs’ status as an armed robbery suspect, Defendant’s status
15 as Hobbs’ girlfriend, and Defendant’s aggressive behavior with regard to the purse,
16 Deputy Martinez handcuffed Defendant and searched her purse for a weapon. As
17 provided in our second notice, an investigation for armed robbery may serve as
18 justification for a weapons search. See State v. Vandenberg, 2003-NMSC-030, ¶ 22,
19 134 N.M. 566, 81 P.3d 19. Moreover, the officer was justified in handcuffing
1 Defendant [MIO 4] during the search to ensure his safety. See State v. Gutierrez,
2 2004-NMCA-081, ¶ 11, 136 N.M. 18, 94 P.3d 18 (recognizing that a search for officer
3 safety may be justified even when the defendant is handcuffed).
For reasons set forth herein and in our second notice, we affirm.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
LINDA M. VANZI, Judge
8 WE CONCUR:
10 JAMES J. WECHSLER, Judge
12 CYNTHIA A. FRY, Judge