Las Cruces kidnapping suspect arrested north of T or C

El Paso News

El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — The man suspected of kidnapping a Las Cruces victim on Saturday, February 13th was arrested on Wednesday evening north of Truth or Consequences.

Patrick Fernandez, 36, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping, a felony count of aggravated stalking, three misdemeanor counts of aggravated battery against a household member and two misdemeanor counts of violating an order of protection.

According to authorities, investigators learned that on Feb. 16, Fernandez again violated the order of protection by sending the victim a text message.

Fernandez has been booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is initially being held without bond.

As we’ve reported, about 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of a kidnapping at a home on the 3900 block of North Folk Road.

The victim, Paula Fernandez, was found and returned unharmed in the suspect’s vehicle.

Police learned Fernandez violated terms of a domestic violence order and forcefully pulled a woman from her vehicle.

Investigators believe Fernandez dragged the woman to his Chevy Blazer and forced her to get in it. He then left the area at a high rate of speed.

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