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Sgt. Robert W. Baron

Sergeant Robert W. Baron

County mourns loss of deputy

Signpost Staff

Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Robert W. Baron, age 47, passed away on December 6—a day after he was hit by a car during a snow storm while investigating a traffic accident on I-25 near San Felipe Pueblo. More than eight hundred people gathered for a memorial service at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho on December 12.

Sheriff Doug Wood issued this statement:

It is with the deepest regret that I announce that our brother and fellow officer Sgt. Robert Baron succumbed to his injuries. Robert was not only one of my deputies; he was a husband, father, brother, and son, as well as a member of our law enforcement family—and my friend.

I would like to thank the doctors and hospital staff who worked so valiantly to save Robert’s life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Krysia, his son Colter, and the rest of his family.

He was born on September 10, 1966, to James Bernard and Karola (Loder) Baron of Simi Valley, CA. He graduated from California State, Northridge with a BA in Political Science and Public Administration. He was very proud of his work with the US Park Service as a Ranger, the Los Angeles County as a Probation Officer, and his recent promotion to Sergeant with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. Robert was very involved with the Law Enforcement United, which is an organization committed to “Honor the Fallen, and Remember the Survivors.” He had ridden in the LEU Annual Memorial Bicycle Ride in memory of Sgt. Joe Harris in 2010.

Sgt. Baron’s hobbies included Shotokan Karate—he had earned his second-degree black belt—as well as riding horses. He was a leader of Boy Scouts. He was also a member of Calvary Chapel of Rio Rancho. His quick sense of humor and love and devotion to his family will be greatly missed.

Sgt. Baron was hired by the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office on June 5, 2006, as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Patrol Division. On April 4, 2009, he was appointed to the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective, and on November 9, 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Patrol Division.

Robert was the epitome of what a law enforcement officer should be: a respected, trusted associate to those of us who worked with him, and a generous, caring friend to the countless people with whom he came into contact each day. Robert was also a valued and dedicated friend to me personally.

It is important to remember that law enforcement officers go to work each day prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our lives. Sgt Baron gave it all…. He made the ultimate sacrifice.

Robert would want us to wipe away our tears and re-focus. He would ask us to set our sights on the safety and well-being of those around us.

Sheriff Wood told the Signpost, “Sgt. Baron was well off the road when the horrible accident occurred and there were lights everywhere. When people see emergency vehicles or highway workers they need to slow down and not be complacent.” The driver who skidded on black ice has not been charged with a crime.

Sgt. Baron’s wife, Krysia Baron, also a law enforcement officer, offered comfort to the driver who struck her husband, saying at the memorial service, “I can only imagine what you are feeling, and I want you to know I hold no bitterness toward you. You are forgiven.”

Stolen vehicle

—Allen Mills

A vehicle was recently stolen from a driveway in the Juniper Road area of Placitas and abandoned in the Tecolote area of Placitas, after being damaged. Items were stolen from the vehicle.

Please be alert for strangers walking in/through our neighborhoods or suspiciously hanging around homes and vehicles. Here are some tips:

  • Park your vehicle in a secure location. Vehicles parked in the street or unlighted driveways have a higher chance of being burglarized or stolen. Parking in a garage is the safest option.
  • Lock any unoccupied vehicles. While locking doors is a major deterrent of theft, a determined thief who can see your valuables simply by looking through a window may go the extra mile to enter your vehicle.

It is important that residents call the Sandoval County Sheriff’s non-emergency telephone number 867-4581 to report the presence of any suspicious person or vehicle. A cellular phone photo is a great asset to the Sheriff’s Office if it can be obtained in a safe manner.

Residents should not be concerned of being accused as an alarmist for reporting suspicious activity. What you decide to report (or not to report) might be the key to solving a crime already committed, or might assist Sheriff’s Deputys to stop a crime in progress

Remember that it is not appropriate, and potentially unsafe, for civilians to confront suspected criminals or anyone else walking or driving through neighborhoods. Residents must not act as vigilantes. Suspicious activity should be reported to the Sheriff’s Dispatcher at 867-4581.
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