Las Cruces Man Arrested In Friday Shooting

Jul 15, 2013


          Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say the man accused of shooting a 21-year-old Las Cruces man early Friday morning was arrested Saturday, July 13, after a short run from authorities following a series of break-ins on the East Mesa.

   Corey Lee Willis, 21, was reportedly with his girlfriend, 20-year-old Mariam Pimentel, when a homeowner discovered them hiding in a residence in the 5100 block of Isaacks in the Doña Ana County community of Butterfield shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday night. 

   The homeowner called 911. Willis and Pimentel ran from the home, and deputies apprehended Pimentel a short time later as she was running down the street.

   Willis broke into two more homes in the area in an attempt to hide, but was eventually arrested by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies.

   Willis was previously identified in a photo lineup by the victim as the man who shot 21-year-old Vicente Hernandez, Jr. early Friday morning in the 3300 block of Winterhaven. 

   Investigators transported Willis to the Doña Ana County Detention Center Saturday, charging him with two counts of breaking and entering and one count of conspiracy.

   Pimentel was also arrested and charged with one count of breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit a fourth-degree felony. She’s being held at the Doña Ana County Detention center on a $5,000 surety bond.

   Sunday morning, Willis was formerly charged in Friday’s shooting with one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of tampering with evidence.

  Willis remains at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond.