Doña Ana County



Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a Las Cruces man Friday after he allegedly held a 26-year-old Las Cruces woman against her will, refusing to return her car keys and threatening to kill her. During the ordeal, the man allegedly ordered his dog to bite the woman, but the dog instead bit the suspect.

            Gabriel A. Garcia, who lives with his father in the 6000 block of Yucca Heights Road, reportedly first met the victim at a party where he took the woman’s car keys. The victim told investigators Garcia contacted her through a friend on Facebook about returning the keys, so she agreed to meet with him.

            Instead of giving her the keys, Garcia reportedly purchased alcohol and took the woman to his house on Yucca Heights. Around 10 p.m., the victim told Garcia it was getting late and she wanted her keys and a ride home. Garcia refused, and instead made sexual advances towards her.

            The victim tried to distract Garcia by asking him to join her on the front porch for a cigarette. Investigators say she then asked Garcia to go back inside the residence to get them some beer. When he went inside the home, the victim called 911.

            Overhearing the conversation, Garcia became agitated and reportedly pushed the woman down a flight of stairs before ordering his pit bull terrier to bite the woman. The dog turned on Garcia, biting him in the upper arm.

            Garcia, who was reportedly enraged over being bit by his dog, grabbed a hammer and threatened the woman before allegedly dragging her by her hair to his bedroom, where he reportedly threatened to kill her with a rifle if she said anything about the incident.

            The woman was able to escape and call 911 a second time after Garcia’s father returned home.  

            Sheriff’s deputies arrested Garcia, charging him with one count of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery. 

Before being transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center, Garcia was taken to an area hospital where he was evaluated and released for the bite on his arm.

He’s currently being held on a $25,000 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.