Nov. 15--The following indictments were returned by a Dona Ana County grand jury Nov. 10:
--Christopher Albert Apalategui, 43, 5250 S. Campbell Ave., #10, Tucson, Ariz., is charged with two counts of felony methamphetamine possession (four bindles) and conspiracy on Oct. 6.
--Abraham Arzate, 22, and Rogelio Arzate Amos, 34, both of 2065 McNutt Rd., Sunland Park, and Javier "Sasquatch" Tarango, 44, homeless, El Paso, are charged with extortion and conspiracy between Sept. 26 and 30. Arzate and Amos are also charged with armed robbery. The co-defendants allegedly threatened a Juarez man with death if he didn't pay them $10,000 in cash; Arzate and Amos also allegedly threatened the man with a metal pole and took his wallet and other personal items, according to court documents.
--Kenny Avila, 23, 5970 Calle Plomo, Las Cruces, is charged with failing to appear for a court hearing on a felony charge on June 22.
--Raul Parra Cabanas Jr., 29, 830 Fir Ave. #2, Las Cruces, is charged with felony methamphetamine possession (2 baggies) and possession of drug paraphernalia (a glass pipe) on Oct. 8.
--Joshua Gilbert Dimatteo, 24, 1900 N. Solano, #61, Las Cruces, is charged with felony cocaine possession (4 grams), marijuana possession (4.75 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, no insurance, failure to display registration, no evidence of registration and driving the wrong way on a one-way road on Oct. 8.
Maria T. Gomez, 29, 1180 La Fonda, #14, Las Cruces, is charged with negligent child abuse and aggravated drunken driving on Aug. 7. Gomez was on probation for a drunken driving conviction when officers responding to a domestic disturbance allegedly saw her speed away from the scene with a young child "standing in the back seat of the vehicle, unrestrained," according to court documents. She is also pending another drunken driving charge from after the Aug. 7 incident.
--Javier Juarez "Ziggy" Hernandez, 33, 5475 Porter Rd. #149, Las Cruces, is charged with vehicle burglary and larceny on Oct. 17, 2009 and Dec. 1, 2010. DNA evidence matched Hernandez to a theft of a DVD/stereo system in 2009 and a cell phone, wallet and CD theft in 2010, according to court documents.
--Samuel Genera "Smalls" Maldonado, 34, 1850 Sexton Apt. 20, Las Cruces, is charged with felony methamphetamine possession (.2 grams), drunken driving, driving with a suspended license, expired registration and no proof of insurance on Oct. 13.
--Jose A. Marrufo, 21, 625 Acosta Road, #6, Anthony, N.M., is charged with giving alcoholic beverages to a minor, drunken driving, possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and running a stop light on Sept. 23. Marrufo was allegedly found with 11 open beer cans in his vehicle and his breath alcohol content was measured at .14, nearly double the legal limit, according to court documents.
--Kyle Mendenhall, 18, 102 Camino de Nosotros, Las Cruces, is charged with vehicle burglary, conspiracy, larceny, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, tampering with evidence, fraudulent use of an illegally obtained credit card and seven counts of unauthorized credit card use on Sept. 30. Mendenhall and others allegedly broke into a car at the Dona Ana County Detention Center and used her credit cards to make more than $2,500 in purchases, according to court documents.
--Logan Troy Mintz, 28, 1820 Anita Drive, Las Cruces, is charged with residential burglary, larceny and tampering with evidence on Oct. 29. While on probation, Mintz allegedly broke into a man's home and took his wallet and identification, stealing more than $600, according to court documents.
--Cynthia Olivares, 31, and Carlos Ruben Olivares, 36, both of 9578 Polaris, Las Cruces, are charged with negligent child abuse on Sept. 26. The two allegedly left their child unsupervised and the child was found "walking along a busy highway with no shirt on... extremely thirsty and hungry and ... sweating profusely," according to court documents.
--Jessie Manuel Pena, 28, and Maria Mendoza, 28, both of 5715 Santa Gertrudis, Las Cruces, are charged with distribution of marijuana, conspiracy and tampering with evidence on Oct. 1. The two were allegedly found with an almost 6.4-pound brick of marijuana, more than $1,200 in cash, a firearm and a digital scale, according to court documents.
--Kevin Romero, 19, 7309 Derickson Ave., Albuquerque, is charged with credit card theft and two counts of fraudulently signing a credit card slip on Aug. 29. Romero allegedly stole his roommate's credit card and charged almost $500 and tried to charge another $400, according to court documents.
--Emilio Salinas Sanchez, 19, 3147 Fairway Ave., Las Cruces, is charged with felony cocaine possession (five baggies, totaling 1.7 grams) on Oct. 16.
--Jerry George Silva, 44, 63B Camino de las Huertas, Placitas, is charged with felony methamphetamine possession (.6 grams) on Oct. 24.
--Raymundo Gomez Soto, 21, 827 David Michael, Chaparral, and Julio "Checho" Gomez, 19, 339 Quintana, Chaparral, are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal trespass and littering on Oct. 28. Soto, Gomez and a 15-year-old allegedly went to the victim's business, dumped trash from their car, then took scrap metal. Soto, who was recently deported to Mexico, and Gomez are being held in federal custody due to apparent immigration violations.
--Colby Booth Stadjuhar, 26, 4480 Overlook Lane, Las Cruces, is charged with aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon (a bat and a knife) on Oct. 11. Stadjuhar allegedly threatened his mother after he came home and found his marijuana missing, according to court documents.
--Julian Vega, 18, 1110 Juniper Ave., Las Cruces, is charged with possession of marijuana, felony possession of Xanax and Percocet and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on Oct. 16. Vega was allegedly found with more than a pound of marijuana and two prescription narcotic drugs, according to court documents.
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