Police Arrest Man Accused Of Leaving Five Year Old Nephew Behind After Alleged Theft

Las Cruces – Police in Las Cruces say they've tracked down and arrested a 21-year-old man who left his young nephew behind after crashing his sedan while fleeing from police.

Leroy J. Gonzalez was allegedly one of two men who stole two cases of beer from a convenience store on June 14. Authorities say a police officer spotted the fleeing Nissan and gave chase.

The car crashed into two curbs and was disabled.

Authorities say Gonzalez and two other men then ran away. Police found the suspect's 5-year-old nephew scared but unhurt in the car.

Gonzalez is jailed on felony charges of intentional child abuse and fleeing from a law enforcement officer.

An 18-year-old man is charged with a misdemeanor for his part in the beer theft. A third man hasn't been identified.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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