Man Arrested on Back-to-Back Nights in Las Cruces 2019
Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of firing a shotgun inside his grandmother’s home just a few hours after he was released from jail for a domestic incident that occurred the day before at the same residence.
Antonio Tello, 20, is now charged with a fourth-degree felony count of battery upon a peace officer and a misdemeanor of negligent use of a deadly weapon.
On Feb. 5, Tello was charged with two counts of violating terms of a domestic violence order, three counts of battery against a household member and one count of breaking and entering. Tello was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center shortly before 11 p.m. on Feb. 5 and released about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.
Shortly after his release from jail, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of a domestic incident on the 1900 block of Princess Jeanne. Investigators learned that Tello got into an argument and physical confrontation with his brother inside the residence. At some point, Tello’s grandmother tried to lock Tello out of the house. Tello allegedly kicked in the door, went into his bedroom, retrieved a shotgun and fired it at least once into the home’s water heater and heating system. The blast destroyed the heater and furnace.
The first LCPD officer to arrive on scene tried to take custody of Tello but the suspect grabbed the officer’s duty vest and tried to overpower the officer. Tello’s brother assisted the officer who was able to place the suspect into custody.
Once again, Tello is initially being held without bond at the detention center.