Officers Still Searching For Murder Suspect

Sep 30, 2013

   Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are still trying to locate a Berino man who has been indicted in the beating death of a 41-year-old man on May 18, 2013. 

According to investigators, there is an active warrant for Joel Ponce, 35, whose last known address was in the 100 block of Feathergrass in Berino.

According to witnesses, Ponce was with 41-year-old Juan Perez in the 100 block of Saltbush on May 18.  Perez allegedly got into a fight and was transported to an El Paso-area hospital with severe head trauma.

Perez died several days later at the hospital. 

Anyone with information on Ponce’s whereabouts is asked to call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department at (575) 525-8884 or the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at (575) 526-0795.