Million-dollar bond set on warrant issued in Berino Homicide
Doña Ana County — A warrant for the arrest of a Doña Ana County man was issued Friday in the ongoing murder investigation of 41-year-old Juan Perez.
Perez was found unresponsive with injuries to his head in the 100 block of Saltbush in Berino on May 18 of this year. Witnesses say Perez was with 35-year-old Joel Ponce, who was later named a person of interest in the case after Perez died a few days later at an El Paso hospital.
Investigators say Ponce’s last known address was in the 100 block of Feathergrass in Berino. He is known to frequent the Berino area, as well as Vado and Las Cruces.
Ponce is wanted on an open count of murder, with a $1 million cash bond.
Anyone with information on Ponce’s whereabouts is asked to call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department at (575) 525-1911 or the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at (575) 526-0795.