Third suspect arrested in MMA home invasion case
POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:46am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 1:18pm
Dona Ana County Sheriff: Suspect was at home where MMA fighter fought off attackers
Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — Doña Ana County officials say they have arrested a third suspect in the New Year's Day home invasion incident that ended with the death of one of the alleged burglars.
On Monday, January 6th, Sheriff officials say 20-year-old Nathan Avalos turned himself in shortly after 6 p.m. Avalos is now charged with aggravated residential burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit a third-degree felony and criminal damage to property. He’s being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond.
According to court documents, Avalos allegedly was with three other men who broke into a home along 600 block of King James Road shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014. After the four men forced their way into the home, some sort of altercation took place. Officials say it was somehow related to an argument that happened earlier that evening. They add that the details of the altercation are still under investigation.
When deputies arrived at the home, they discovered the body of 25-year-old Sal Garces in the street, approximately two doors down from where the invasion allegedly took place.
According to officials on the scene, Garces reportedly suffered blunt force trauma to the head and had been stabbed several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was sent for autopsy to the University of New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner.
Law enforcment officials found and arrested 22-year-old Leonard Calvillo and 19-year-old Raymond Garces that same day. Calvillo is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property.
Investigators add that Calvillo was on probation at the time and, as a result, his probation has been revoked and he is being held without bond at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.
Raymond Garces, who was on an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest, is charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. He is being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond.
Investigators say they are still hopeful to identify and speak with any additional witnesses who might have been at the scene.
To read earlier coverage of this case, click HERE