"Person Of Interest" Wanted For Questioning In Homicide

May 28, 2013

Joel Ponce

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are trying to locate a Berino man they are calling a “person of interest” after a 41-year-old man was beaten to death on May 18, 2013. 

Investigators say they would like to speak with Joel Ponce, 35, whose last known address was in the 100 block of Feathergrass in Berino.

According to other witnesses, Ponce was with 41-year-old Juan Perez in the 100 block of Saltbush on May 18, which is when Perez allegedly got into a fight that sent him to University Medical Center with severe head trauma.

He 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) 525-1911 or the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at (575) 526-0795.