Insurgents Caught

Posted: January 8, 2014 in Home Invasion Stories, Insurgents Caught

Officials arrest alleged intruder, two women in connection to deadly New Year’s home invasion

By James Staley

jstaley@lcsun-news.com @auguststaley on Twitter

Posted:   01/07/2014 09:59:44 AM MST

Robin Zielinski   Sun-NewsDistrict Attorney Mark D´Antonio discusses the investigation into a New Year’s Day home invasion on King James Avenue north

Robin Zielinski Sun-News District Attorney Mark D´Antonio discusses the investigation into a New Year’s Day home invasion on King James Avenue north of Las Cruces that left one suspect, Sal Garces, dead. Joseph Torrez, a construction worker and mixed martial arts fighter, reportedly fought Garces and three other gang members after they forced their way into his home, according to court documents and Torrez´s attorney. Standing behind D’Antonio during the Doña Ana County Sheriff´s Office news conference Tuesday is prosecutor Cynthia Clark and DASO Lt. Joseph Reynaud.

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Sal Garces

LAS CRUCES >> A third Las Cruces man and two women have been arrested in connection to a deadly New Year’s Day home invasion as the investigation continued Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Joseph Torrez, the mixed martial arts fighter who lived at the home and brawled with the intruders, remains in legal limbo.

Torrez, who through his attorney said he acted in self-defense, has not been charged — a fact 3rd Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio reiterated at a Tuesday morning news conference.

But Torrez has not been formally cleared of wrongdoing either, and details newly revealed in court documents seem to touch on some of the key elements of what officials describe as a complex case.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators announced Tuesday they had arrested Nathan M. Avalos on Monday night. Avalos, 20, has been charged with aggravated burglary, conspiracy, attempted aggravated battery, all felonies. He’s also charged with criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor.

Torrez reportedly fought Avalos and three other gang members about 2 a.m. after they forced their way into his King James Avenue home, according to court documents and Torrez’s attorney. Torrez’s 2-year-old son, his fiancée and three other women were also inside. . .

Read more at http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_24861432/3rd-arrest-made-deadly-home-invasion-case-do

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