Alejandro Carranza was sought by Roswell Police for intentionally sideswiping another vehicle while traveling down South Main Street and then assaulting the driver of the other vehicle, turned himself in to police Wednesday, hours after he was placed on Roswell’s Most Wanted list.
“He just walked into the police station at noon and said he needed to turn himself in because there was a warrant out for his arrest,” Roswell Police Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth said in an email Wednesday afternoon.
Wildermuth said Carranza’s name and information was posted on the department’s Most Wanted webpage at about 9 a.m. Wednesday. The information was then sent out to local media outlets.
Shortly before 3 p.m. Wildermuth sent out a follow-up email requesting the news release announcing Carranza’s addition to Roswell’s Most Wanted be withdrawn.
Carranza, 24, was wanted on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated battery, as well as charges of criminal damage to property and reckless driving, according to the release.
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The charges Carranza faces are from a May 11 incident where he is alleged to have intentionally sideswiped a vehicle and then struck it in the rear with his vehicle, as both vehicles traveled down South Main Street near Mountain View Road in the south part of Roswell.
After the collisions, Carranza followed the victim to a nearby tire shop. The two men fought at the tire shop with Carranza allegedly slamming the other man’s head against concrete before leaving the scene, according to the release.
The release states that the incident is believed to have been fueled by an altercation Carranza started with the driver of the other vehicle the day before.
Carranza is the second individual to be captured soon after he was added to the Most Wanted list.
Victor C. Richardson Jr., 22, was arrested Aug. 15, a day after he was named one of Roswell’s Most Wanted. Richardson was wanted for an Aug. 6 shooting at the 1700 block of Michigan Avenue that left one man wounded in the shoulder.
The victim was later found about a block from where the shooting happened and was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The shooting allegedly happened after the victim confronted Richardson about money he was owed by Richardson and Richardson’s girlfriend.
Wildermuth said in an email Wednesday that he does not know whether the posting of Carranza and Richardson on the Roswell’s Most Wanted webpage was a factor in the quick arrest of the two suspects.
However, he said the department believes the Most Wanted list is a good tool the public can use to assist police and that it can be helpful in the eventual arrest of suspects.
“That public assistance is often very important to many cases,” Wildermuth said in the email.
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at email@example.com.