Las Cruces man sought after confronting ex-girlfriend, firing handgun


Las Cruces police need your help finding a man accused of firing his handgun after confronting his ex-girlfriend.

According to a news release, Juan Angel Pinedo, 32, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police say Pinedo and his ex-girlfriend were together for five years before the relationship ended in February 2018. 

She obtained an order of protection against him, which expired on Sept. 21.

According to the release, Pinedo drove up to a vehicle parked on the 200 block of South Reymond St. at about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Witnesses say he pointed a handgun at the driver of the vehicle while his ex-girlfriend was nearby. She later intervened and walked between the two vehicles and shoved Pinedo’s arm out of the way.

Pinedo then drove away south on Reymond St. and fired two rounds into the air. No injuries were reported.

Police describe Pinedo as Hispanic, 5’6″, and approximately 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a silver 1990’s model Chevrolet Suburban. 

He was said to be armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. 

Anyone with information on Pinedo’s location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be provided through the Las Cruces Crime Stoppers app, “P3 TIPS.” 

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