Wrong place, right time?

Wrong place, right time?
Courtesy Dona Ana County Detention Center
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 3:49pm

LCPD nabs pair of suspected shoplifters during unrelated domestic disturbance call.

Las Cruces Police arrested two men after they thought the pair was involved in a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning, but after investigating, police discovered the two were allegedly involved in a separate shoplifting incident.

Robert L. Barragan, 39, and Garry G. Kavanaugh, 30, are charged with one count each of shoplifting more than $500; conspiracy; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a report of a possible domestic disturbance on the 800 block of Foster Road. As the first-arriving officer approached the apartment complex he noticed Barragan and Kavanaugh who promptly took off running.

Believing the two men were involved in the reported domestic disturbance, officers gave chase and subsequently apprehended Barragan and Kavanaugh after a brief foot pursuit.

Officers then learned that Barragan and Kavanaugh were not involved in the domestic dispute at all, but had discarded two Microsoft Surface tablets and one HP laptop as they ran away from police. Officers subsequently learned that the electronics were just stolen from the Walmart store on Valley Drive.

Barragan and Kavanaugh were booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bonds set at $5,000 each.

The unrelated domestic disturbance call resulted in the arrest of a woman who is suspected of breaking into her boyfriend’s apartment.

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