Teens jailed in Las Cruces shooting

Las Cruces police have arrested two teenagers who are believed to have used stolen firearms in shooting at a home on Hadley Avenue.

Pablo Antonio Dimas

Raymond Paul Garces

Raymond Paul Garces, 17, and Pablo Antonio Dimas, 16, are charged with one count each of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. Both were jailed without bond at the Doña Ana County jail.

Las Cruces police detectives allege that around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Garces, Dimas — both armed with handguns —  and the teenage girlfriend of Garces drove to 1751 W. Hadley Ave. to confront someone. 

Garces became enraged when someone at the residence shut the door in his face. Garces and Dimas got back into the car and the teenage girl drove them to another location near the mobile home.

Garces and Dimas then allegedly got out of the vehicle, jumped a fence and started shooting toward the mobile home. The three then fled the area in the girl’s car. Police found several spent shell casings and damage to the mobile home. No injuries were reported.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, the Las Cruces Police Department’s SWAT team executed a search warrant at Garces’ residence at 1201 Stull Drive, took Garces into custody and found evidence from several burglaries reported in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County, police said. Officers believe that the weapons used during the shooting were stolen Nov. 30 from a home on Las Cruces’ east mesa. Detectives are continuing their investigation and additional charges, including charges against the girl, are possible.

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