Video of the Mesilla Valley Mall stabbing suspect being tasered and shot with bean-bag rounds was released by the Las Cruces Police Department on Friday.
Joshua James LeNoir, 31, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on March 23 at the Mesilla Valley Mall.
During a news conference, Las Cruces Police Chief Patrick Gallagher was asked about LeNoir claiming blindness following his arrest. Gallagher told the media that either a bean-bag round or LeNoir falling to the ground may be the cause of it, the Las Cruces-Sun News reported.
Police allege that at about 9 p.m., LeNoir was trying to shoplift merchandise from the Dillard’s store when a female security officer approached him. LeNoir allegedly punched her in the face and body.
Two other employees were able to detain LeNoir until he allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed one of the employees in the arm and then stabbed a Verizon employee who was standing LeNoir’s way.
“Investigators learned LeNoir exited Dillard’s through the southeast doors and, in the parking lot, entered the driver’s side of a Dodge Journey as a woman was buckling her 1-year-old daughter in the backseat,” the Las Cruces Police Department news release said. “The woman’s husband and their 3-year-old son, on the driver’s side of the SUV, moved out of harm’s way and the woman was able to safely remove their daughter. The keys were not in the SUV so LeNoir was unable to start it.
“Investigators determined that several people assisted in barricading LeNoir inside the SUV for a brief time. LeNoir tried to escape by kicking the windows. He then used the knife to break a window and make an escape into the parking lot.”
Police arrived and used a taser and bean-bag rounds on LeNoir after he disobeyed commands by officers. Officers eventually detained LeNoir, the release said.
“LeNoir sustained multiple injuries from bean-bag hits and falling face-first onto the asphalt after multiple Taser strikes,” the release said. “He was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso and has since been released to a rehabilitation facility.”
Both stab victims had non-life threatening injuries and only one was taken to an area hospital, the release said.
“The investigation revealed that LeNoir ignored more than 100 commands from officers to drop the knife in the roughly five minutes before he was detained,” the release said. “The investigation also revealed that 15 bean-bag rounds were deployed, and eight officers discharged their Taser. Those less-lethal bean-bag and Taser rounds were largely ineffective in gaining compliance.”