Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the men who viciously beat and robbed the residents of a home in Tortugas last week.
Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office investigators learned that during the early-morning hours of Monday, Sept. 23, three or four masked men entered a home on the 3700 block of Emilia Street in Tortugas and robbed the residents of several items. The suspects also beat the victims by first using pepper spray, and then striking them with baseball bats and possibly a crowbar.
Tortugas is a small community just south of Las Cruces, between I-10 and south Main Street.
Two adult victims suffered moderate injuries in the attack while a 15-year-old boy, asleep on a couch when the attack began, suffered severe head trauma as a result of being bludgeoned. The boy has been hospitalized since the attack.
The suspects were all described as being average in height and build. One of the suspects may have received injuries to his face as a result of a beaten he took from one of the residents who defended himself.
Investigators have reason to believe that the suspects may have been wandering the area on foot for up to an hour before they entered the home.
Anyone with information that can help identify 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.