Las Cruces woman hit boyfriend with frying pan and set fire to kill him, police say

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A woman allegedly tried to set a house on fire earlier this month to kill her boyfriend, who she had knocked unconscious with a frying pan.

The Las Cruces Police Department arrested Cynthia Misquez Perez, 47, on March 25 on suspicion of attempted murder and arson, the Las Cruces Police Department said in a news release.

Perez and her 35-year-old boyfriend were in an argument that turned physical at about 11 p.m. on March 7 at their apartment in the 300 block of E. Lucero Ave. At some point, Perez hit her boyfriend over the head with a frying pan, which knocked him unconscious, the release said.

When the man woke up, part of the apartment was on fire. He put the fire out and “the couple presumably called a truce before going to bed,” police said.

Then at about 2:40 a.m. on March 8, police and firefighters were dispatched to a fire at the apartment and found the boyfriend outside.

“Police located the 35-year-old tenant outside the residence and suffering from multiple injuries including two black eyes, bite marks on his back, scratch marks, and bruising to his head and knees,” police said in the release.

He was taken to Memorial Medical Center for smoke inhalation and released, police said.

“Investigators determined Perez set fire to the apartment sometime after midnight before leaving her boyfriend alone in the small apartment,” police said. “Fire investigators discovered remnants of charred paper, pillow and feathers on top of the stove where the fire is believed to have originated.”

Firefighters put the blaze out. The apartment had heavy damage, while to adjacent units had smoke and water damage. No injuries were reported.

Police obtained a warrant for Perez and arrested her on March 25. She was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center without bail. 

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