Alamogordo, NM – On May 13, 2015, Alamogordo Police Department Chief Robert Duncan requested the assistance of the New Mexico State Police to conduct an investigation into allegations made against an Alamogordo Police Department officer. Agents from the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau were informed Alamogordo Police Department Officer Warren Whittington was accused of pointing a handgun at employees of the Aaron’s Rental Center when the employees attempted to recover leased property belonging to the company.
An investigation into the matter revealed employees from Aaron’s Rental Center went to the residence of Mr. Whittington on May 11, 2015 to recover a leased laptop belonging to the company. The laptop was leased by another individual believed to be living at Mr. Whittington’s residence.
When the Aaron’s employees approached the residence, they made contact with Mr. Whittington, who was off-duty. The employees identified themselves and stated their purpose of business. Mr. Whittington reportedly pointed a handgun at the employees and told them to leave the property.
On May 13, 2015, through an obtained search warrant, New Mexico State Police agents recovered at the residence of Mr. Whittington, a firearm such as was described by the Aaron’s employees and the leased laptop in question. In a later interview, Mr. Whittington informed agents he did possess a firearm during the incident, but stated he did not threaten the Aaron’s employees.
An arrest warrant was obtained for Mr. Whittington on June 29, 2015 for charges of unlawful assault with a deadly weapon (two counts). Around 2:00 p.m. on June 29, 2015, Mr. Whittington turned himself in to the New Mexico State Police, where he was arrested. Mr. Whittington was released by a judge on his own recognizance. His court appearance date is pending.
Contact: Sergeant Elizabeth Armijo