THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN HOME INVASION INVESTIGATION

THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN HOME INVASION INVESTIGATION

 

 

A third suspect in the investigation of a New Year’s Day home invasion in Doña Ana County has been arrested.

Nathan Avalos, 20, turned himself in shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. Avalos is charged with aggravated residential burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit a third-degree felony and criminal damage to property. He’s being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

According to court documents, Avalos allegedly was in the company of three other men who went to a home in the 600 block of King James Road shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014. The four men reportedly forced their way into the home, where an altercation took place stemming from an argument that happened earlier that evening.

The details of that altercation are still under investigation.

When deputies arrived at the home, they discovered the body of Sal Garces, 25, in the street approximately two doors down from where the invasion allegedly took place. Garces reportedly suffered blunt force trauma to the head and had been stabbed several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was sent for autopsy to the University of New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner.

Leonard Calvillo, 22, and Raymond Garces, 19, were located and arrested that same day.

According to investigators, they are still hopeful to identify and speak with additional witnesses who might have been at the scene.            

Calvillo is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property.

Investigators said Calvillo was on probation at the time. As a result, his probation has been revoked and he is being held without bond at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

Raymond Garces, who was on an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest, is charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. He is being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond.

             

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302 or after hours at (575) 635-7168.