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Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 1:11pm
Las Cruces, NM (KDBC) — A group of men forced their way into a home in Doña Ana County during the early hours of New Year’s Day, ultimately leaving one of them dead, one in the hospital and two behind bars.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 600 block of King James Road after a call about a home invasion. The resident of the home, who is confirmed to be a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, reported that a group of four men forced their way into the home. The group allegedly had become involved in a fight with the resident earlier during New Year’s Eve at a different address within the Las Cruces city limits.
The men, Sal Garces, 25, his brother Raymond Garces, 19, and two other men, Nathan Avalos, 19 and Leonard Calvillo, 22, allegedly forced their way into the home on King James Road and the resident of the home fought back with them.
Deputies arrived and discovered Sal Garces in the road outside of the home with multiple stab wounds to his body and blunt force trauma to his dead. Emergency crews worked to revive Garces, but were unable to. Garces was pronounced dead at the scene.
Avalos was transported to El Paso with severe facial injuries and is reportedly undergoing surgery on Thursday for his injuries.
Calvillo and Raymond Garces were located with the assistance of the Las Cruces Police a short time later.
The investigation revealed that at the time of the invasion Calvillo was on probation. As a result of the alleged altercation, Calvillo’s probation was revoked and he is being held without bond at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.
Raymond Garces had an ankle monitor on at the time of the incident, and is currently being charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and criminal damage to a property. He is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention center with bonds totaling $10,000.
Avalos is still hospitalized and has not been charged with a crime in connection to this case, however, DACSO say the case is still under investigation and additional charges are pending.