FIVE RELATIVES ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO MURDER

FIVE RELATIVES ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO MURDER

Five family members were arrested early Friday morning, in connection to a September 2002 stabbing death in Chaparral.

Brothers Ruben Pinales, 20, Heriberto Pinales, 22, both of 515 Prescott Anthony Dr. in Chaparral, and Lorenzo Pinales, 31, of 100 Comerciantes Building 6 Apartment 162 in Santa Teresa, were arrested and charged in connection to the battery and stabbing of three men that resulted in one fatality. Martha Contreras, 42, and her daughter, Cecilia Reyes, 20, both of 521 Prescott Anthony Dr. in Chaparral, also face charges in connection to the crime.

The brothers are charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. Ruben is charged with an open count of murder, while Heriberto and Lorenzo face open counts of murder as accessories. Lorenzo is charged as an accessory to one charge of his two charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Contreras, an aunt to the Pinales brothers, and Reyes face charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

The area of Chaparral in which the crime occurred lies in Otero County, so the Otero County Sheriff’s Office was the investigating agency that filed criminal complaints and warrants of arrest. Because the five suspects live within Doña Ana County, search warrants were filed at the district court in Las Cruces.

Cash bonds of $500,000 were set for each of the Pinales brothers, and Reyes and Contreras each had cash bonds of $50,000 set. The five suspects were booked at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department and then transported by Otero County Sheriff’s deputies to Alamogordo, where all court proceedings in the case will occur.

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, with its K-9 unit, Special Response Team, Gang Task Force and Criminal Investigations Division, collaborated with the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety and the Otero County Sheriff’s Office in making the arrests. The five warrants of arrest were served without incident.

Police are actively looking for 28-year-old Gerardo “Gera” Moreno. Anyone with information to this crime can call Crime Stoppers at 526-8000.

For more information, call Grant A. Taylor, assistant to the director of public information, at (505) 647-7290. Anyone calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7290.