Las Cruces woman behind bars after allegedly threatening nieces with a knife

Dona Ana County Detention Center
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 5:40pm

A Las Cruces woman is behind bars today, after police say she threatened her two teenage nieces with a knife Tuesday evening.

Las Cruces Police were called to the 1000 block of Montana Ave around 9 p.m. Tuesday night after 30-year-old Marissa Chavira's nieces reported being threatened with a knife.

Investigators learned that Chavira's brother has legal custody of her young son, and he sent his two teenage daughters to pick up baby formula for him from Chavira's home.

After knocking on the door and asking for the formula, Chavira allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened the two teenage girls. The girls ran to their car while Chavira followed them, waving a knife in a stabbing motion. Then she allegedly threw the knife, striking the teen's car.

The girls drove away from the home and called 911.

When LCPD arrived on the scene, witnesses reported that Chavira was still inside her home with her husband, so officers set up a perimeter and tried to make contact with the couple inside the home.

After attempting to make contact with the two for some time, officers learned that Chavira and her husband were outside of the perimeter, just north of the residents. LCPD officers located Chavira and took her into custody without incident.

Chavira was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $2,500.

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