Regional
1:39 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Reward In Attempted Las Cruces Kidnapping

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person who attempted to abduct a woman at gunpoint Saturday morning.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, a young woman was heading southbound on the walking trail that parallels Triviz Drive when a newer-model car pulled up along side her. The driver of the car asked the woman for directions to New Mexico State University and then pulled out a black handgun and ordered her into the vehicle.

The woman wisely disregarded the man's orders and ran to safety. The vehicle sped away heading northbound from Spruce Avenue. No injuries were reported.

The vehicle was described as either a sports car or a sporty-looking car. Its driver was described as a white male in his mid-30s. He has short, shaved, hair and was wearing glasses.

The Las Cruces Police Department encourages pedestrians to remain observant at all times and suggests taking part in outdoor activities with a partner or small group. Pedestrians and joggers are encouraged to have a cell phone readily available in case help is needed, and they should refrain from using ear or headphones as those devices may impede the user's ability of hearing someone who is approaching.

If you have any information on the identity of this suspect you are asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to LCTIPS (528477).

The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.