Man arrested on back-to-back nights in Las Cruces

Las Cruces News

Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of firing a shotgun inside his grandmother’s home just a few hours after he was released from jail for another incident that happened the day before at the same house.

The suspect was identified as Antonio Tello, 20.

On Monday, police told KTSM that Tello “was charged with two counts of violating terms of a domestic violence order, three counts of battery against a household member and one count of breaking and entering.”

He was booked that night and released the following afternoon.

Shortly after his release, Las Cruces police dispatchers reported a domestic incident on the 1900 block of Princess Jeanne.

Investigators learned that Tello got into an argument and physical fight with his brother inside the home.

Officials say Tello’s grandmother tried to lock him out of the house before he allegedly kicked in the door, went into his bedroom, retrieved a shotgun and fired it at least once into the home’s water heater and heating system.

The blast destroyed the heater and furnace, according to police.

He was then charged with a fourth-degree felony count of battery upon a peace officer and a misdemeanor of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

LCPD said he is now being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center without bond. 

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