Las Cruces man suspected of breaking into neighbors' homes

Las Cruces man suspected of breaking into neighbors' homes
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 6:35pm

Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of breaking into and burglarizing th homes of two neighbors.

Dewayne Hill, 30, of Briarwood Lane, is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of possessing burglary tools.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, June 8, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Briarwood Lane where officers learned that two homeowners were awaken by the sounds of someone inside their respective residences.

Detectives learned that a 29-year-old man awoke when he heard footsteps inside his residence. The homeowner then observed someone using what appeared to be a flashlight to navigate his way around the house. The homeowner told the intruder he was armed with a gun, frightening away the suspect.

As officers were responding to that location, they learned that a 39-year-old women who resides nearby had a similar experience. She awoke to sounds of someone manipulating a doorknob inside her residence. When the woman opened her bedroom door, she saw a man who quickly exited her home.

Officers located Hill, armed with a folding knife, running northbound from the second home that was burglarized. One of the victims positively identified Hill as the suspect.

Hill was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $25,000. He has since posted bail and was released from custody.


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