Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of restraining a woman and threatening her with a pocket knife while she drove him around town.
Jason Davis, 35, is charged with one count each of kidnapping, attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, Las Cruces Police received a report of a man with a knife chasing a woman near the 2100 block of south Triviz Drive. Officers arrived and located Davis running through an empty lot.
LCPD detectives learned that earlier in the day Davis asked a woman, who he met two days ago, for a ride. The woman gave Davis a ride to a convenience store on north Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.
As they left the convenience store, Davis became agitated and demanded money from the woman. He then produced a knife and threatened the woman as she drove back to her hotel room on south Triviz.
After driving around for about an hour the woman stopped the vehicle and told Davis that she would retrieve her purse from the car's trunk. Instead, the woman jumped out of the vehicle and ran from Davis. The woman ran into a nearby hotel and summoned police. The woman was not seriously injured.
Davis is being held on a $25,000 bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.