Ten days after melee, Mesilla Valley Mall stabbing suspect remains hospitalized

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The man suspected of stabbing two people and attempting to carjack a family at the Mesilla Valley Mall on March 23 remains in the care of doctors at University Medical Center, but he is now facing several felonies associated with the skirmish.

Joshua James LeNoir, 31, is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted theft of a vehicle, all felony charges. In addition to the felonies, he’s also facing misdemeanor charges of battery, criminal damage to property and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. 

The incredible incident began just before 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Dillard’s department store on the west side of the mall. Arrest affidavits indicate that a female security officer spotted LeNoir piling up several pairs of jeans and suspected he was intending to run from the store. As a precaution, she locked all but one of the exit doors and stood watch just out of view of LeNoir.

As LeNoir approached the door, she blocked him at the door and began to ask about the items he was allegedly attempting to take from the store without paying. During the exchange, LeNoir is accused of punching the officer once in the face and again in the area under her breast, causing her to lose her breath.

The officer radioed other employees to block the exit to the interior of the mall as LeNoir attempted to flee. The two employees who confronted him allegedly had him on the floor in an attempt to stop him from running when he pulled out a pocket knife and slashed one of them on the arm. 

The employees gave chase to LeNoir as he ran through the mall, eventually running into a Verizon store employee who’d emerged to see what the commotion was about. LeNoir is then accused of stabbing the Verizon employee as he continued to run across the mall. 

Eventually, LeNoir ran through the Dillard’s on the east side of the mall and exited toward the parking lot where he immediately spotted a family loading their children into an SUV. 

LeNoir jumped in the driver’s seat before the woman was able to get her 1-year-old daughter out of the car seat and her husband was able to move their 3-year-old son out of harm’s way.

Court documents allege that LeNoir attempted to flee in the couple’s Dodge Journey, but did not have keys to the vehicle. He was soon surrounded by multiple witnesses who worked to keep LeNoir inside the vehicle until police arrived. He tried to escape by kicking out windows and was eventually able to shatter a window with the knife before making a getaway through the parking lot.

Las Cruces Police Officers located LeNoir on the east side of the Mesilla Valley Mall parking lot where he allegedly refused multiple orders to drop his knife. Officers attempted to taser and use bean bag rounds to disarm him, but they had little effect. 

Ultimately, officers were able to disarm LeNoir. He suffered multiple injuries due to the bean bag rounds and falling face-first onto the asphalt after multiple Taser strikes. 

After multiple interviews, LCPD investigators presented their case to a Magistrate Court judge who issued an arrest warrant for LeNoir as soon as he is released from UMC in El Paso. Once in custody, he is expected to be held without bond.

The Verizon employee stabbing victim was taken to a Las Cruces area hospital where he has since been released. The Dillard’s employee refused treatment at the scene. 

LeNoir is no stranger to law enforcement in the Las Cruces area. He has had multiple run-ins with police for theft, shoplifting, and possession of heroin in the last few years according to court records. 

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the event to come forward and contact police at (575) 526-0795.

Mugshot provided by LCPD of a prior arrest on September 2, 2018. 

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