Doña Ana County



After an intense multi-agency search for two suspects on the lam since Saturday, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say the two men wanted for allegedly kidnapping and beating a woman over the weekend are in custody.

David Grill, 45, and Michael Strubhar, 42, surrendered to authorities at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The two were being sought by Doña Ana County sheriff’s investigators who had enlisted the help of two divisions of the U.S. Marshals: Southwest Investigative Task Force in Las Cruces and El Paso’s Lonestar Fugitive Task Force, as well as the Las Cruces Police Department, New Mexico State Police, and Mesilla Marshals.

Grill and Strubhar are charged with five felonies, including aggravated battery, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery and bribery of a witness.
The allegations stem from the account of a 22 year-old woman who says Strubhar picked her up Saturday near a motel on Picacho and drove her to meet Grill, who then allegedly tried to strangle the woman from the backseat with a rope. According to a report, Grill had accused the woman of stealing from him.

The two men then reportedly drove the victim to a desert area west of Las Cruces where she was beaten and abandoned. The woman says before the two men left, they took her shoes, purse, cell phone and jacket.

Sheriff’s deputies and the Special Response Team obtained a warrant Monday to search a Las Cruces home on Telshor and Fairway for Grill, but turned up empty handed after a six-hour standoff.

Grill and Strubhar have been transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center, where they will be held on a $100,000 cash bond.