Three Brothers, Accomplice Arrested in Connection to Shootings
POSTED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 4:01pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 4:03pm
LAS CRUCES — Four arrests were made over Memorial Day weekend after multiple bullet casings and one live round were found near the entrance of a home on Ledesma.
The home belonged to Carlos Sandoval, 40, who was believed to be present at the time of the reported shooting alerted by neighbors' calls. Sandoval's brothers, Alberto Sandoval, 32 and Jose Sandoval, 44, were also at the scene.
All three men denied any involvement with gunfire in the area, although deputies recovered two shotguns from a woodpile on the property and a rifle from inside a doghouse. A handgun and another rifle were also taken into evidence from inside the house.
Deputies also determined a car which was parked in front of the Sandoval home was reported stolen.
After no one claimed ownership of the car, all three Sandoval brothers were arrested on multiple charges including receiving/transporting stolen property and tampering with evidence.
A subsequent search of the Sandoval home led deputies to Carl De la O, 37, who was hiding in the hallway of the home. De la O was a suspect in a separate shooting that happened the night before in the 5900 block of Garcia Road, one block away from the Sandoval home.
Deputies who responded to the scene on Garcia Road say De la O allegedly drove up in a black Lincoln SUV and fired shots at a 51-year-old resident who was standing in his front yard. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence and resisting or obstructing an officer.