SWAT Arrests Armed Man In Body Armor
Las cruces — Authorities arrested a man Saturday, who was wearing camouflage and body armor while making threatening gestures in downtown Las Cruces. The suspect, later identified as Noe Jimenez, 37, was inside the Arid Club on Griggs Avenue around 2:30 p.m. when police responded and set up a perimeter around the building. Nearby buildings were evacuated.
LCPD’s SWAT Team surrounded the building and the Hostage Negotiation Team attempted to establish communication with Jimenez. Police learned that another man was inside the building for a short period of time but was able to leave unharmed. The man later told police that he was not held against his will but remained in the building and attempted to engage Jimenez in conversation.
About an hour after the incident began, the SWAT team fired two less-lethal beanbag rounds which forced Jimenez to the ground. A police K-9 was unleashed and Jimenez struck the dog with a chair and punched him several times. A Taser also was deployed before Jimenez was subdued by the SWAT team.
Jimenez was wearing camouflage fatigues and tactical body armor, and entered the building with a loaded .22 caliber revolver. Jimenez had placed the revolver on a countertop prior to the SWAT team entering the building. Jimenez also carried nun-chucks, and a subsequent search warrant of his vehicle parked outside the club revealed an ammunition pouch with an additional 45 rounds.
Jimenez, a convicted felon, admitted to smoking methamphetamine and told hostage negotiators that he wanted to be killed by police.
He was charged with one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and injury to a police dog. Additional charges are possible.