Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the two men suspected of an early-morning armed robbery and shooting that left a hotel clerk hospitalized.
At around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, two men entered the Econo Lodge hotel at 2585 S. Valley Dr. and confronted the 24-year-old clerk. One of the men jumped over the front desk counter and threatened the clerk while the second man pointed a handgun at the clerk.
The two men then took the clerk to a back office and shot him once in the leg. The two suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the hotel and fled, last seen running toward the west side of the nearby Motel 6 on La Posada Lane.
The Econo Lodge clerk was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso with a gunshot wound to his leg.
Both suspects are believed to be Hispanic and in their 20s.
The armed suspect is believed to be about 5-feet-9-inches tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a white shirt, a dark gray zipper-front hooded jacket and blue jeans. He was armed with a semi-automatic .22 caliber handgun.
The second suspect was also said to be about 5-feet-9-inches tall but with an average build. He was wearing a light gray zipper-front hooded jacket, dark-colored pants and a mask that partially concealed his face.
Anyone with information that can help identify one or both of the suspects is asked to contact Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to CRIMES (274637), keyword LCTIPS.
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.