Las Cruces – Two 18-year-old Las Cruces men are in jail after they broke into an apartment Wednesday evening and were confronted by a resident armed with a handgun.
Ryan D. Galaz, of the 1800 block of Seldon Avenue, and Shannon Robert Vasquez, of the 1500 block of west Parker Road, are charged with one count each of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a second-degree felony.
Shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, Las Cruces Police were called to 999 Telshor Blvd. after someone heard gunshots coming from an apartment. Officers arrived and learned that three men had kicked in the front door to an apartment. After entering the apartment, they were immediately confronted by a 30-year-old resident who was armed with a .357 caliber handgun.
The victim told police that one of the men displayed what appeared to be a knife, or a long screwdriver, so he fired three shots that scared off the suspects. No one appeared to be struck and no injuries were reported.
One of the fleeing suspects apparently ran off without a shoe. A few minutes after the initial call a Las Cruces Police officer stopped a 1994 Cadillac DeVille driven by Galaz and found his passenger, Vasquez, wearing only one shoe. The shoe Vasquez was wearing matched the shoe left at the apartment complex.
The third suspect who was seen with Galaz and Vasquez is still outstanding and detectives are continuing their investigation.
No charges are expected to be filed against the victim who appears to have fired his handgun in self-defense.
Galaz and Vasquez are each being held on a $35,000 bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.