Las Cruces police officer cleared in Mesilla Valley Mall incident

Las Cruces News

The Las Cruces police officer who tased and fired several bean bag rounds at a mall stabbing suspect has been cleared, the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office concluded.

As KTSM previously reported, Joshua James LeNoir, 31, allegedly stole $1,000 in merchandise from the Dillard’s store inside the Mesilla Valley Mall on March 23 before allegedly punching and stabbing employees.

No serious injuries were reported.

Police later arrived and used the taser and bean-bag rounds on LeNoir after he disobeyed their commands. Officers eventually detained LeNoir, officials said.

The suspect was taken to University Medical Center in El Paso and has since been released to a rehabilitation facility, according to a news release.

He was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday on charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, attempted theft of a vehicle, shoplifting, and more.

The Las Cruces Police Department, New Mexico State Police, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State University Police investigated the incident.

“The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office has concluded that a Las Cruces police officer’s actions were justified,” investigators wrote in the release.

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