Alleged Kidnapping Duo Surrenders

Alleged Kidnapping Duo Surrenders
Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 2:18pm

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The two men wanted for allegedly kidnapping and beating a woman Saturday are behind bars after they surrendered to authorities Wednesday evening. 

David Grill, 45, and Michael Strubhar, 42, surrendered to a multi-agency search involving Doña Ana County sheriff’s investigators, U.S. Marshals, Mesilla Marshals and police from Las Cruces and New Mexico.

Grill and Strubhar face multiple charges. According to police reports, a 22-year-old woman alleges Strubhar picked her up Saturday from a motel on Picacho and drove her to meet Grill. The woman told police Grill tried to strangle her with a rope in the backseat of the car they were riding. According to the report, Grill had accused the woman of stealing from him.

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

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.

Upon surrendering, Grill and Strubhar were charged with five felonies, including aggravated battery, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery and bribery of a witness.  

Both men were transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

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