Two jailed in Las Cruces assault

Las Cruces Police Department

Two men allegedly responsible for the July 30 attack that severely injured two people at a Las Cruces nightclub have been arrested and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

Nicholas Vallejos, 23, of the 1200 block of Monte Vista Avenue, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals, and Gary Ray Macias, 25, of the 2100 block of Desert Drive, was arrested by Las Cruces Police on Wednesday. Vallejos is charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Macias is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Both men are charged with conspiracy.

Around 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, Las Cruces Police responded to Graham Central Station at 500 S. Main St. where a 21-year-old man was suffering from stab wounds to his abdomen, and a 31-year-old woman was bleeding profusely from cuts to an eye. The victims were rushed to University Medical Center of El Paso.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that the male victim was dancing inside the club when he noticed a man, later identified as Macias, causing trouble with a woman. The investigation revealed that the male victim told Macias to leave the woman alone.

Detectives allege that Macias signaled for his friend, Vallejos, to join him. Without saying a word, Vallejos struck the male victim’s face with a beer bottle and the two suspects began beating him, police said. As the victim defended himself, Macias allegedly struck him with another beer bottle, and Vallejos slashed his abdomen multiple times with broken glass.

During the attack, flying shards of glass from a broken bottle struck the left eye of a bystander, the 31-year-old woman. The injuries to her eye were severe.

Witnesses saw Vallejos and Macias leave the bar and flee in a white Ford Explorer. Las Cruces police officers located the vehicle on Cambridge, and witnesses positively identified Vallejos and Macias as the suspects. Bond for Vallejos was set at $30,000 cash while Macias was being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

 


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