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Suspect In Las Cruces Stabbing Arrested

Aug 11, 2017

The man suspected of a March 1 road rage incident that resulted in the stabbing of a 17-year-old boy on Parkridge Place has been identified and arrested.

Arturo Medina, 30, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a stabbing that occurred on the 3400 block of Parkridge Place. Officer learned a 17-year-old boy was stabbed during a physical confrontation with a motorist who had aggressively followed him to that location.

Investigators learned that the 17-year-old boy was traveling along Bataan Memorial West when he made an admittedly inappropriate gesture to a female passenger in the vehicle next to him. The teen continued driving west into town but was aggressively followed by the other vehicle.

The teen drove into a residential neighborhood and pulled into a driveway on Parkridge Place. Investigators learned the driver of the other vehicle stopped nearby, exited his vehicle and placed a 40-ounce beer bottle on the ground before confronting the teenager. The confrontation turned physical with punches thrown and the teenager stabbed several times.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and then to University Medical Center of El Paso. His injuries, though serious, were not life-threatening.

Investigators recovered the 40-ounce beer bottle that was left behind by the suspect and tried locating the silver 4-door sedan he was driving. Investigators also reviewed surveillance video from a nearby residence that showed the suspect vehicle following the victim.

Through their investigation, detectives identified Medina as the possible suspect. A photo lineup was presented to the victim who positively identified Medina as the suspect who attacked him. Investigators also learned that a DNA sample collected from the 40-ounce beer bottle matched a sample collected from Medina.

A warrant was issued Aug. 10 for Medina’s arrest. He was located and detained the same day at his residence on the 1800 block of west Picacho Avenue. Medina was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

Information from Las Cruces Police