Man armed with knife prompts SWAT situation in Las Cruces


The knife-wielding man suspected of threatening police officers, barricading himself in an apartment and forcing a SWAT callout Tuesday afternoon was taken into custody sometime after 6 p.m.

Michael Angel Torres, 40, is charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing and one felony count of failure to appear in court on an aggravated battery against a household member charge.

About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Las Cruces police learned that Torres – who had an active warrant out of District Court for failure to appear on an aggravated battery against a household member charge – was inside a residence at 2130 Hagarty Road. Officers approached the front door of the apartment and tried to make contact with Torres.

A short while later, officers observed Torres was armed with at least one knife as he approached the doorway. The investigation revealed that Torres stood in a threatening posture and was about 10-feet away from the closest officer.

Officers retreated to a safe distance and continued to make announcements, attempting to resolve the situation peacefully. Investigators learned that Torres approached the front door at least one more time while armed at least one knife.

LCPD activated its SWAT team which attempted several tactics, including firing a non-lethal audible diversionary device, in efforts to resolve the situation. Sometime after 6 p.m. Torres surrendered to officers without further incident and was taken into custody. No injuries were reported.

Investigators located a 10-inch knife inside the residence and believe it’s one of the blades Torres brandished.

Torres was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he’s initially being held without bond.

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