LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KTSM) – UPDATE: Las Cruces police have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of stabbing his father to death early Wednesday morning at the home they shared, authorities said Wednesday evening.
Lucas Daniel Gonzalez, 26, is charged with one first-degree felony count of murder.
According to the Las Cruces Police Department, around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, police were dispatched to a 911 hang-up at a home on the 5800 block of Desert Mesa Place. Officers arrived to find 73-year-old Alfredo Gonzalez on the ground, just outside the home, with multiple wounds to his face, head, arms, and back, officials said.
Police said Gonzalez was unresponsive and without a pulse. He was declared dead shortly thereafter.
According to LCPD, Alfredo’s 26-year-old son, Lucas Daniel Gonzalez, was located by an officer inside the home. He had relatively minor cut wounds to both his hands and was transported to a local hospital. He was released from the hospital a short while later and interviewed by investigators.
Las Cruces police investigators learned that, sometime Wednesday morning, Lucas Daniel Gonzalez likely used several knives found in the home to attack his father. Investigators believe the attack began inside the home before Alfredo exited the front door.
Police said evidence from the scene appears the attack continued on the front walkway where Alfredo was located by the first-arriving officer.
When interviewed by investigators, Lucas Daniel Gonzalez acknowledged his involvement in his father’s death.
Gonzalez was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is initially being held without bond.
Original: Las Cruces police are investigating an apparent homicide that happened early Wednesday morning at a home on the 5800 block of Desert Mesa Place.
According to the Las Cruces Police Department, at around 2:30 a.m., on July 8, police were dispatched to the home on Desert Mesa Place following a 911 hang-up call.
When officers arrived, a 73-year-old was found dead, and another man at the residence was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
LCPD said the second man has since been released from the hospital and as part of the investigation is in police custody.
Investigators do not believe there are any other outstanding suspects in the case.
Authorities said no charges have been filed at this time.