Estranged husband charged with kidnapping

Las Cruces Police Department

Samuel L. Stubbs

Witnesses to a Tuesday morning incident are being credited with helping police rescue a woman who was abducted, at gunpoint, by her estranged husband, police said.

Samuel L. Stubbs, 28, is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault against a household member, battery against a household member and tampering with evidence.

Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, Las Cruces police were called to the Walmart store on Walton Boulevard after witnesses reported seeing a man, later identified as Stubbs, force a woman into his pickup at gunpoint.

Detectives allege that Stubbs and his 26-year-old wife were in their pickup in the Walmart parking lot when they began arguing. The argument quickly escalated and Stubbs allegedly pointed a handgun at his wife’s head and started driving away.

As Stubbs drove from the store, his wife managed to get out of the pickup and attempted to escape. Stubbs, however, ran after her and forced her back into the truck, police said. Stubbs then allegedly forced the woman at gunpoint to drive to their residence on the 1700 block of Wingate Court.

Detectives said that once inside their residence Stubbs bound the woman’s feet with tape and threatened to kill her.

Las Cruces Police officers, given a license plate number and a good description of the pickup by witnesses, located the couple at their home. Officers surrounded the house and took Stubbs into custody after he followed commands to come out of the house. The victim suffered several non-life-threatening injuries to her forehead and abdomen but was otherwise in good condition.

Stubbs was booked into the Dona Ana County jail with a cash bond set at $100,000.



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