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Arrest warrants issued for 2 women in deadly Dona Ana County home invasion

By Josie Ortegon
Published On: Jan 07 2014 06:37:01 PM CST
Updated On: Jun 14 2014 11:27:56 AM CDT

Deputies Arrest 3rd Home Invasion Suspect

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -

Doña Ana County Sheriff's investigators have obtained two additional warrants in the ongoing investigation of a New Year's Day home invasion that left one man dead.           

The warrants seek the arrest of Cylver Pearl Betancourt, 18, and Rachel Carrillo, 19, on charges of aggravated burglary (battery), and one count each of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

Dona Ana Couty Sheriff's officials say they believe both women accompanied four men who arrived at the home of Joseph Torrez in the 600 block of King James Road shortly after 2 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Sheriff's officials say the group had allegedly gone to the residence to settle an argument that had taken place hours earlier at another location.

The four men have been identified as Sal Garces, 25, Leonard Calvillo, 22, Raymond Garces, 19, and Nathan Avalos, 20.

According to court documents, the group reportedly forced their way into the home and started a fight with Torrez who lived there with his fiancée and young son.

When Doña Ana County Sheriff's deputies arrived, they found Sal Garces in the street. He was reportedly suffering from blunt force trauma and stab wounds.

Garces was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Raymond Garces and Leonard Calvillo were located several hours later. Both men have been arrested on charges related to the incident and remain at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

Avalos was transported to an El Paso-area hospital where he was treated and released. A warrant for his arrest was issued Monday and he was subsequently arrested that evening shortly after 6 p.m. He is being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond on charges of aggravated residential burglary, conspiracy to commit a third-degree felony and criminal damage to property.

On Tuesday, representatives from the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office and the Third Judicial District Attorney's Office confirmed that the events leading up to the home invasion that took place on Jan. 1 are still under investigation, as is the incident that happened in the 600 block of King James.

According to investigators, they are still hopeful to identify and speak with additional witnesses who might have been at the scene.

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