Doña Ana County



An Anthony man arrested Friday by a multi-agency task force, of which the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department is a member, was served eight bench warrants for failures to appear in court.

Candelario Ayala, of 505 Curry Ct., surrendered to deputies and U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force officers without incident at about noon. Ayala has been booked at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $20,000 secured bond and $2,335 in cash bonds.

In one failed district court appearance, Ayala faced two counts of aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and bribery of a witness. Another magistrate court bench warrant lists charges of battery and battery against a household member. The remaining warrants were issued by magistrate court for failures to appear for traffic violations.

Task force officers investigated Ayala for about one year prior to Friday’s arrest. Ayala’s prior violent criminal history and the warrants for which Ayala was being arrested led Sheriff Juan Hernandez to tap his Special Response Team for the operation. An FBI Gang Task Force officer also was on the scene, because of Ayala’s alleged gang affiliation.

Task force officers acted on a tip as to Ayala’s whereabouts.

Sheriff’s deputies, under Sheriff Juan Hernandez’s direction, serve on the Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and were instrumental in the arrest. Hernandez also provides personnel and resources to the FBI Gang Task Force.