Affidavit: Ruidoso man robbed, kidnapped at Mescalero casino

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A Ruidoso couple is in jail for allegedly working together to beat, rob and kidnap a man at the Casino Apache Travel Center last week.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, detectives were assigned to investigate the disappearance of Hector Gomez on April 7.

Police discovered that Gomez’s bank card was used three times on April 5 in Chaparral. A rancher in the area also found a backpack with bloody clothing before officers found a truck with blood on April 7.

According to documents, police found Gomez injured on the 1700 block of Royal Drive in Las Cruces. 

He told investigators that he met Brittney Piddy and her boyfriend, Joshua Bowen, at the Travel Center Casino near Ruidoso.

Gomez reportedly said that a man named “Robert” punched him unconscious before tying his hands and feet and putting a blindfold over his eyes, the affidavit states.

He claimed Robert also took his bank card, cell phone, and $500 from his pockets before driving his truck to Chaparral.

Once they arrived, another man, referred to as “Steve”, then entered the truck and punched Gomez in the face.

The documents state that Priddy, Bowen, and Steve then drove Gomez to Las Cruces and they got a hotel room, where the three suspects took turns watching him. Bowen reportedly had a loaded revolver.

Bowen and Priddy later took Gomez to Priddy’s grandfather’s house, where law enforcement arrived and took them into custody.

According to the affidavit, the series of alleged crimes happened after Priddy claimed Gomez grabbed Robert’s girlfriend, Allie, while at the casino.

Bowen reportedly told investigators that the alleged incident prompted him and Robert to come up with a plan to have Gomez beaten in the travel center showers.

According to the documents, Priddy and Bowen are facing the following charges: kidnapping, aggravated battery, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicle, fraudulent use of a credit card (over $500), interference with communications, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (deadly weapon), conspiracy to commit receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit theft of credit card, conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card (over $500).

Both are in custody without bond.

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