Man, teenage girlfriend arrested in burglaries

Las Cruces Police Department

A Mesquite, N.M., man who allegedly twice burglarized a home with his teenage girlfriend, and wrongly assumed a police dog would not find his hiding spot, is now in jail.

Victor Anthony Lazo, 21, and 17-year-old Marissa Marie Escarcega, of the 500 block of north Melendres St., were arrested shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, July 8. Both are charged with two counts each of residential burglary and conspiracy, while Lazo also faces one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Around 2 a.m. Las Cruces Police were called to a home on Hess Terrance after the homeowner arrived and noticed someone inside her house. The two suspected intruders, later identified as Lazo and Escarcega, refused several commands by officers to show themselves.

A Las Cruces police dog went into the home and found the couple hiding in a utility closet, police said. Lazo suffered a dog bite from the but the injuries were relatively minor.

Lazo later told officers that he heard the repeated warnings that a dog would be unleashed but he didn’t believe the dog would be able to locate him, police said.

Detectives learned that the couple allegedly burglarized the residence twice during the evening and stashed the items stolen from their first spree at Escarcega’s home, which is nearby. Most of the stolen items were recovered in Escarcega’s bedroom.

Lazo was being held at the Doña Ana County jail with bond set at $20,000. Juvenile Probation declined to detain Escarcega, so she was written a Juvenile Class III citation and released to the custody of a parent.




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