LAS CRUCES, NM — Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon near the Henry Benavidez Community Center.
At around 3 p.m. Monday, a 17-year-old was sitting on a bench near the Benavidez Center, at 1045 McClure Rd., when he was approached by a man armed with black handgun. The suspect pointed the handgun at the teenager and demanded that he hand over his belongings.
After taking several items, including the victim’s cell phone, the suspect struck the teenager over the head and fled the area in a brown Sport Utility Vehicle that was occupied by three other individuals. The teenage victim was not seriously injured.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue and white long-sleeve shirt and brown pants. The suspect was driving a 1980’s or 1990’s brown SUV. The SUV was believed to be occupied by another man and two women.
Anyone with information that can help identify the suspect in this armed robbery, or the occupants of the SUV, is asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to CRIMES (274637), keyword LCTIPS.
The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.