Investigators Still Looking For Key Witness In Home Invasion

Jan 14, 2014


Victor Orquiz

  Nearly two weeks following the home invasion of a Doña Ana County man and the death of one alleged attacker, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have identified an additional individual who was questioned and released at the scene, but appears to now be eluding authorities.       

            Victor Orquiz, 19, was detained in the 600 block of King James Avenue when sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the home invasion on Jan. 1, 2014.

Authorities now believe Orquiz was the driver of a white car parked in the driveway of the home, and he has been identified as the brother of the apparent target of the attack, Joseph Torrez, who lived there at the time.

            Repeated calls to Orquiz have gone unanswered, and investigators are hoping anyone with information on his whereabouts will call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office with more information.

            Orquiz was seen at the home following the alleged invasion by three men who have since been arrested, Raymond Garces, Leonard Calvillo and Nathan Avalos all remain behind bars the Doña Ana County Detention Center on charges related to the incident.

A fourth man who reportedly accompanied the three, 25-year-old Sal Garces, died at the scene. Deputies reportedly found Garces in the street a few houses down from Torrez’s residence. He suffered numerous stab wounds and blunt force trauma.

            Rachel Carrillo, the 19-year-old who was believed to have driven the group to Torrez’s home, was arrested Jan. 7 and then transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center. She bonded out the next day.

Cylver Pearl Betancourt, 18, was reportedly also in Carrillo’s car and was taken into custody with Carrillo. Booking records at the Doña Ana County Detention Center show Betancourt bonded out Jan. 8.  

In addition to locating Orquiz, investigators are also looking for a red, four-door Chevrolet sedan that was seen leaving King James Avenue with a male and female inside.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office at (575) 525-8806. Callers can opt to remain anonymous.