Man behind bars accused of terrorizing family over hawk

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE)– Deputies say a man held a family at gunpoint, accusing them of shooting a hawk.

Carlos Proffit was arrested Saturday night by Bernalillo County Deputies on the Pajarito Mesa.

Proffit claims he saw the family shoot a red-tailed hawk, which is illegal to hunt, so he held them at gunpoint and called 911.

When deputies arrived, they say the mom, dad and three kids, 14, 11 and 6 years old, were terrified.

One of the children did have what appeared to be a shotgun, deputies say, but the family claims they were just taking pictures of the bird.

Profitt was arrested for child abuse, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault.

Proffit’s name may sound familiar. KRQE News 13 spoke with him back in 2014 as he criticized Bernalillo County first responders for poor response times to the Pajarito Mesa. The County has since established a 911 response system for the mesa.