Suspects at Large After Standoff in Las Cruces Ends with No Arrests
POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 10:26pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 2:11pm
Two Las Cruces men are still on the run after a SWAT standoff ends with no arrests Monday night.
Dozens of sheriff's deputies in tatical gear, police dogs and armored vehicles were on the scene monday night as the special response team tried negotiating the surrender of two men believed to have barricaded themselves inside a home.
Investigators believed David Grill, 45, and Michael Strubhar, 42, were inside the home. Sheriff's deputies were trying to serve the men arrest warrants for kidnapping and aggravated battery charges.
The sheriff's office says Grill and Strubhar picked up a 22-year-old woman from a motel, strangled her with a rope and left her in the desert after beating her.
After a six hour standoff Monday night, deputies forced their way into the home.
Audrey Moreno could see everything from her backyard a few houses up the street.
"We could hear a big loud noise," Moreno said. "I guess they sent in a robot to the house and we heard a blast."
When deputies made their way inside, nobody was there.
"We have probable cause that those suspects are in the house it is our anticipation that those situations will end in an arrest," said Dona Ana County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Kelly Jameson. "In this situation it didn't end in an arrest."
Jameson explained they had to proceed with caution to ensure the safety of residents, deputies and suspects.
Grill and Strubhar remain at large. They are considered to be armed and dangerous. People are asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers if they have any information.
Las Cruces Crime Stoppers:
(800) 822-TIPS or via text message to LCTIPS (528477).
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