Las Cruces man held without bond on kidnapping and aggravated battery charges

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A Las Cruces man is being held without bond on kidnapping and battery charges stemming from an incident in December.

Christopher Aguilera, 35, is being held without bond in the Doña Ana County Detention Center, awaiting trial after he was arrested in December. Aguilera is charged with one count of kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, a count of battery against a household member, resisting and evading arrest or obstructing an officer.

“District Court Judge Richard Jaquez found Aguilera to be dangerous, and that no release conditions will reasonably protect the safety of the community,” according to a news release from the Office of the Third Judicial District Attorney.

The release stated that on Dec. 30, the victim ran out of an apartment located on Triviz Drive and jumped into a vehicle with her family, making an escape after being held against her will for weeks.

The Las Cruces Police Department was called to a family member’s home, where the victim was found to have had lacerations, abrasions, bruising and swelling on her face, arms and lower legs. She was taken to MountainView Regional Medical Center shortly after.

According to Las Cruces police, Aguilera allegedly kept the woman against her will for several weeks, preventing her from contacting family.

The woman’s family began looking for her at the apartment after not hearing from her for several weeks. When they showed up to the apartment, Aguilera “aggressively” told them to leave.

“The victim begged to talk to her sister,” the news release stated. “After threatening her that he would hunt her down, the victim ran out of the apartment and jumped into the vehicle as they were pulling away.”

He had additional charges for battery, concealing identity, resisting and evading arrest or obstructing an officer, driving while license suspended, failure to maintain traffic lane and possession of a controlled substance.

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