Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — A Las Cruces man was arrested Tuesday afternoon by members of the LCPD after he allegedly tried to buy fast-food with a counterfeit $100 bill a week earlier.
LCPD allege that 28-year-old Nathan Ryan Gonzales along with two women were at the Sonic Drive-In at 930 N. Valley Dr. on January 28th when Gonzales attempted to pay for his meal with a fake $100 bill. When Gonzales was asked by the Sonic employee about the bill, he allegedly displayed a handgun and drove away.
LCPD Officers were able to locate Gonzales' vehicle a short time later, but were unable to make an arrest at that time due to a lack of evidence.
After LCPD were able to confirm that the $100 bill that Gonzales gave the Sonic employee was counterfeit, a Magistrate Court warrant was issued for the arrest of Gonzales who was located Tuesday afternoon south of Las Cruces at a home in the 2100 block of Salopek Rd.
Gonzales initially refused to surrender to LCPD, so the SWAT unit was called into the scene to assist in apprehending Gonzales. He was later taken into custody without incident.
Gonzales was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center and is being held on a cash-only bond set at $2,000.