Las Cruces Woman Charged With Rape Arrested Again

Las Cruces – A woman arrested in April for raping a 12-year-old boy was arrested once again today after she threatened her sister with a handgun.

Melanie Maya Freeman, 19, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, intimidation of a witness, and resisting or obstructing a police officer. Freeman was transported to the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a cash-only bond set at $20,000.

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, Las Cruces Police were called to 1900 Avenida de Mesilla where Freeman's sister lives. Police learned that Freeman had gone to the house and, soon thereafter, got into an argument with her sister.

Police were told that Freeman became verbally aggressive and actually threw an object at her sister. At some point during the argument, Freeman displayed a handgun and threatened her sister with it.

Freeman then fled the residence and left on a motorcycle with her 38-year-old boyfriend. Las Cruces Police officers, with the assistance of the Mesilla Marshall's office, located Freeman at 1500 Burke Road. She initially refused to exit the home but finally did and was placed under arrest. Freeman's boyfriend has not been charged in this incident.

While in a holding cell at the Las Cruces Police Department, Freeman briefly escaped from her handcuffs but officers were able to quickly restrain her.

On April 20, 2011, Freeman was charged with one count each of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and battery on a peace officer. Police learned that the victim, a 12-year-old boy, was acquainted with Freeman's family. At the time, Freeman also had two outstanding municipal warrants for her arrest. During that arrest Freeman struck one of the officers with a raised knee. The officer was not seriously injured.