Regional
4:09 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Las Cruces Man Captured After Manhunt

Las Cruces – Joshua Mathew Hernandez, the Las Cruces man wanted for firing a handgun inside a home and physically assaulting his girlfriend Sunday evening, was arrested early this morning with the help of various local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Hernandez, 27, is charged with three counts of aggravated battery - two with a deadly weapon - and two counts of battery against a household member. He also faces one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and aggravated assault.

Hernandez was found traveling with a woman when stopped early Tuesday morning by El Paso police. The woman's identity is not being released at this time.

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in locating and capturing Hernandez. Those agencies included the Las Cruces Police Department, the FBI, U.S. Marshals Task Force and the El Paso Police Department.

Sometime around 11 p.m. Sunday, April 17, an argument between Hernandez and his girlfriend became physical at a home on the 1600 block of Mahaney Avenue in Las Cruces. Police learned that Hernandez grabbed the woman's throat and attempted to strangle her. Hernandez kicked and punched the woman, and threatened her with a 9mm handgun. He also fired one round into the floor at the residence.

The 25-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Hernandez left the home in the woman's 2003 Ford Explorer.

The vehicle Hernandez took from the victim was located Monday in Las Cruces but the handgun he used has yet to be found.

Hernandez is being held at the El Paso County Detention Center pending extradition to Las Cruces.