Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police want residents - especially woman who may be home alone - to be aware of a man who appears to be selecting homes occupied by women and is soliciting for a ride or financial assistance.
A 37-year-old man believed to be responsible for the unwarranted soliciting was recently questioned by police. However, since detectives have not received any reports of any crimes being committed no charges have been filed. But the nature of the man's house calls leads detectives to believe that his intentions may not be honorable.
In the past two months the man has approached at least 10 homes that were occupied by women who were home alone at the time. In each visit the man first asked for a ride, allegedly to repair his wife's vehicle, and then for financial assistance.
Some of the women told detectives the man first asked if their husband, or another male, was home as the subject purportedly needed mechanical assistance. Similar incidents describing the same man asking for assistance have been reported in Las Cruces, and in the nearby villages of Dona Ana and La Mesa.
The man has been seen driving a white Dodge Durango that appears to be in good running order. Some of the women said they saw the man return to the Durango that was parked a short distance from their residences. On at least one occasion the man, or at least a man matching the same description, was seen getting into a small red pickup.
Las Cruces Police remind residents to use extreme caution when answering their residential door or when approached by a stranger asking for assistance. Residents who feel they are in any kind of danger should call 911 immediately.
Police ask for anyone who may have experienced a similar request for assistance to please call detectives at (575) 528-4222.