Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

$ 16,000 man arrested after robbing Las Cruces credit union

LAS CRUCES – A man was arrested Wednesday morning after police said he had robbed a credit union in Las Cruces.

Hector Gonzalez, 31, is charged with robbery. Gonzalez was held on Thursday morning at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $ 5,000 secured bond.

Police said he robbed the FirstLight Federal Credit Union at Block 300 of Foster just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Kenneth Davis, a detective with the Las Cruces Police Department, said on an affidavit that Gonzalez was arrested near Las Cruces High School not long after the robbery.

Credit union officials told Davis Gonzalez walked into the building and started yelling, Davis said.

“I’m a Christian. And you robbed me, so I’m going to rob you now,” Gonzalez said, according to the credit union staff.

Staff handed Gonzalez about $ 16,000 in cash before leaving the credit union, Davis said. When Gonzalez was arrested by LCPD officers at the intersection of Butz Road and El Paseo Road, Davis said he matched the description given by the credit union staff and the credit union surveillance cameras. Davis said the police discovered the $ 16,000 on Gonzalez when they arrested him.

Gonzalez is awaiting trial on two other charges currently on trial, including the illegitimate taking of a motor vehicle.

During an initial hearing on the bank robbery charge in front of Judge Rebecca Duffin Thursday, Gonzalez was granted a $ 5,000 secured loan, which meant he had to deposit the loan to get out of jail.

Justin Garcia is a public safety reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @ Just516garc.

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