Man Charged for Threatening Brother With Machete
LA MESA, NM — A man was arrested after allegedly threatening his brother with a machete while drunk at a home on Victoria Street in La Mesa, NM.
Just after midnight Thursday, Sheriff’s investigators say Jimmy Guerra, 50, was celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with his brother when the two got into an argument over a ladder that was borrowed but never returned.
According to a report, Guerra fired a sawed-off shotgun into the air as part of his holiday celebrations. His brother was able to get the gun away from Guerra later on and threw it on the roof to keep it away from Guerra.
The brother then reportedly went to a nearby relative’s house to call the police. When he went back to the residence to check on his brother, Guerra had located a machete, which the victim said Guerra used to threaten him with.
Guerra had also broken out several windows on the victim’s fifth-wheel recreational vehicle and punctured holes into the side panel of the trailer.
As Guerra continued to threaten the victim with the machete, the victim found a bat in the yard, which he picked up to defend himself. Guerra then reportedly ran to the backyard of the residence.
Deputies arrived shortly after and located Guerra with two beers in his hand. The machete and the sawed-off shotgun were also located and taken into evidence.
Guerra was arrested and taken to the Doña Ana County Detention Center, charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of criminal damage to property. All are fourth-degree felonies. Guerra was also charged with negligent use of a firearm while intoxicated and had an outstanding warrant for contempt of court after he failed to pay fines related to a previous aggravated DWI arrest.