Deputies search for man possibly involved in Berino homicide

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:56pm

LAS CRUCES, NM (KDBC) — Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators lokoing for a Berino man referred to as a “person of interest” after a 41-year-old man was beaten to death on May 18.

Investigators said they would like to speak with Joel Ponce, 35, who was with Juan Perez, 41, on May 18, per witness statements.

Witnesses said Ponce and Perez were together when Perez allegedly got into a fight that sent him to University Medical Center with severe head trauma.

He died several days later at the hospital.

Anyone with information on Ponce’s whereabouts is asked to call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department at (575) 525-1911 or the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at (575) 526-0795.


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