Las Cruces rape suspect had 7 arrests in 10 months

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A man accused of raping a 71-year-old woman in Las Cruces last week has been in police custody seven times in the last ten months according to jail records.

Seven mug shots of Daniel Guzman, 22,  have been archived in the Doña Ana County Detention Center jail records since August of 2016, with arrests following in October, February, twice in April, May and of course, just five days ago on June 16.

His charges include eight counts of failure to pay fines, eleven counts of failure to appear, two charges of criminal trespass and two charges of battery against a household member. The most egregious of these charges came just last week after Guzman was charged with breaking into a 71-year-old woman’s home and violently raping her.

Court documents state that after the attack, he warned the woman he’d be back to do it again.

Initially after Guzman’s arrest,  his bond was set at $100,000. Prosecutors with the Doña Ana County District Attorney’s Office argued that Guzman was a danger and asked for an increase to a $200,00 bond during a bond hearing on Monday, but Judge Richard Jacquez instead lowered Guzman’s bond to just $15,000.

Guzman posted bond and was released from jail just hours later on Monday night.

Jail records show multiple arrests and charges for Guzman dating back to 2014 including traffic violations and drug possession charges. Within the past year, Guzman’s arrest records seem to indicate escalating violence.

In February, he faced a criminal trespass charge and in April he was charged with Battery Against a Household member – twice. In May he faced resisting or obstruction charges and finally criminal sexual contact, kidnapping and aggravated residential burglary on Friday.

NewsChannel 9 has made repeated attempts to reach Judge Jacquez in an effort to understand why an offender with escalating violence and multiple failure to appear charges on his record would have a bond lowered, but he’s not returned our calls for comment. 

As for Guzman, he currently has a court date scheduled for a pre-trial hearing for the April charges of Battery Against a Household member on July 10 in Judge Norman Osborne’s court. We will continue to follow this story as new developments unfold.

GUZMAN ARRESTS:

  • August 17, 2016 – Failure to Pay Fines
  • October 2, 2016 – 7 counts  Failure to Pay Fines
  • Feb 2, 2017 – 9 counts Failure to Appear, Criminal Trespass
  • April 6, 2017 – Battery Against A Household Member
  • April 20, 2017 – Battery Against a Household Member, Failure to Appear
  • May 24, 2017 – Resisting or Obstructing, Failure to Appear
  • June 16, 2017 – Criminal Trespass, Resisting or Obstructing, Breaking and Entering, Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Residential Burglary, 4 counts Criminal Sexual Contact, 2 counts Kidnapping

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