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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Second Kidnapping Suspect Arrested

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Update 8/31/20

Jacob Gonzales, the man believed to be responsible for the Aug. 20 kidnapping and battery of his ex-girlfriend, was arrested Thursday in El Paso, Texas.

After determining probable cause for charges in the case, Las Cruces police obtained a warrant for Gonzales’s arrest. He was arrested Thursday evening by El Paso police. The warrant charges Gonzales, 25, with one first-degree felony count of kidnapping, one third-degree felony count of aggravated battery against a household member, and a misdemeanor count of interference with communication.

Gonzales’s cousin, 22-year-old Nathaniel Baca, was arrested last week for his part in the incident. Baca is charged one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. The charge is a second-degree felony. Baca was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 24 after crashing a vehicle and leading officers on a brief foot pursuit near Delano Drive.

About 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, Las Cruces police were dispatched to Memorial Medical Center where a 27-year-old woman was being treated for multiple non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman told investigations that Gonzales, her ex-boyfriend, and his cousin Nathanial Baca, were armed with a rifle and handgun they used to threaten her. Gonzales and Baca are accused of forcing the woman into her own vehicle where she was beaten by Gonzales. Baca drove them to an undeveloped area where the suspects forced the woman to remove her clothes and shoes. They forced her into the vehicle’s trunk and drove to an unknown residence before returning to her home early Thursday morning. When the two suspects left her residence, the woman sought medical attention at the hospital.

Gonzales is expected to be extradited from El Paso to Las Cruces to face charges. Baca remains in custody at the Dona Ana County Detention Center. Both suspects will initially be held without bond.

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Update 8/24/20

Nathaniel Baca, one of the suspects believed to be involved in the Aug. 20 kidnapping and battery of a woman, was arrested Monday morning.

Baca, 22, of 2600 east Idaho Avenue, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. The charge is a second-degree felony. Baca was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Monday after crashing a vehicle and leading officers on a brief foot pursuit near Delano Drive.

Las Cruces police are still asking for the public’s help locating 25-year-old Jacob Gonzalez, Baca’s cousin, who is believed to be the man responsible for kidnapping and battering an ex-girlfriend on Aug. 20.

About 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, Las Cruces police were dispatched to Memorial Medical Center where a 27-year-old woman was being treated for multiple non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman told investigations that Gonzalez, her ex-boyfriend, and his cousin Nathanial Baca, were armed with a rifle and handgun they used to threaten her. Gonzalez and Baca are accused of forcing the woman into her own vehicle where she was beat by Gonzalez. Baca drove them to an undeveloped area where the suspects forced the woman to remove her clothes and shoes. They forced her into the vehicle’s trunk and drove to an unknown residence before returning to her home early Thursday morning. When the two suspects left her residence, the woman sought medical attention at the hospital.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jacob Gonzalez. He is about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds. Gonzalez is charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member and interference with communications. His whereabouts are unknown at this time. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jacob Gonzalez is asked to immediately call 911.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps police locate Gonzalez. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be provided through the Las Cruces Crime Stoppers app, “P3 TIPS.” The app is available through the App Store on most devices.

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Las Cruces police are asking for the public’s help locating two men suspecting in an early-morning kidnapping and battery on a woman.

About 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, Las Cruces police were dispatched to Memorial Medical Center where a 27-year-old woman was being treated for multiple non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman told investigations that her ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Jacob Gonzalez, and his cousin, 22-year-old Nathanial Baca, were armed with a rifle they used to threaten her. Gonzalez and Baca are accused of tying up the woman, locking her in the trunk of her own car and kidnapping her from the 500 block of south Espina Street. The woman told police she was driven into a desert area where Gonzalez and Baca beat and battered her.

The two men then drove the woman to an unknown residence before returning to her home early Thursday morning. When the two men left her residence, the woman sought medical attention at the hospital.

Jacob Gonzalez, 25, is about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds. Nathaniel Baca, 22, is 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds.

Felony warrants have been obtained for both suspects. Charges include felony kidnapping and aggravated battery on a household member.

The suspects may be driving a silver Cadillac CTS. They have been known to frequent an address at 2620 El Camino Real and an apartment at 2600 east Idaho Avenue. Both suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jacob Gonzalez or Nathaniel Baca is asked to immediately call 911.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps police locate the suspects. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be provided through the Las Cruces Crime Stoppers app, “P3 TIPS.” The app is available through the App Store on most devices.

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