El Paso Thankgiving shooting suspect allegedly kidnapped two Las Cruces women, elderly man

Crime

The man who is suspected of killing one and critically injuring two others during a shooting in El Paso on Thanksgiving is also wanted for a “brutal” home invasion in Las Cruces.

Jason A. Gibson, 38, was arrested Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Florida following a brief chase. He is the lead suspect in a Thanksgiving Day shooting in the 8300 block of Signal Peak in Northeast El Paso.

The Las Cruces Police Department released details of a home invasion that Gibson, who is from Mesa, Ariz., is also accused of doing prior to the El Paso shooting.

Investigators said that Gibson allegedly broke into a home at a mobile home community in the 1300 block of Wolf Trail either late on Nov. 21 or early on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day.

Police said Gibson assaulted an 86-year-old man who lived in the residence. At about 11 a.m. the 64-year-old daughter of the man and her 64-year-old friend arrived and were confronted by Gibson armed with a taser and gun, police said.

Gibson allegedly ordered the daughter to tie up her friend, while her father lay bleeding on the floor. After that, investigators believe Gibson made the daughter drive him to El Paso and drop him off in the Hercules Avenue area. 

The woman rushed back to Las Cruces and met with police who were already responding to the invasion. When she saw the news reports of the shooting in El Paso, the daughter informed Las Cruces police that she dropped the suspect off in that area. 

The 86-year-old man has multiple injuries to his face, head and hip. He was taken to a Las Cruces hospital and then transferred to an El Paso hospital. His injures are non life-threatening. 

Gibson has been charged with three counts of kidnapping, four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated burglary and larceny of a firearm.

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