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Police, deputies search for suspects in two weekend homicides

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Law enforcement agencies in Roswell and Chaves County are investigating two separate homicides that occurred over the weekend, with suspects in both cases still at large.

Jesus Robles (Submitted Photo)

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Armando Joya, 31, a suspect in a Sunday homicide at 8615 Vineyard Road between Hagerman and U.S. 285, Mike Herrington, Chaves County Sheriff said Monday.

Deputies found the 62-year-old male victim deceased when they responded to a call at the location at 10 p.m. Sunday. Herrington declined Monday to release the name of the victim pending notification of next of kin.

A second victim who was stabbed, was later airlifted to a medical center for treatment. Herrington said a third individual told deputies that Joya had chased and tried to stab him too, but that he was able to get away.

Investigators Monday were still executing search warrants on multiple locations and were in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for Joya.

Monday evening, Yslas said investigators were still trying to get information about Joya and could yet not release a complete physical description of him.

Joya remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, Yslas said.

People who encounter Joya should contact either the Sheriff’s Office at 575-624-6500 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-8477.

Sunday’s homicide came in the wake of the Friday night fatal shooting of Griselda Rascon, 33, of Roswell.

An arrest warrant was issued for Rascon’s boyfriend, Jesus Robles, 34, of Roswell, who is a suspect in the case, according to a press release issued by the Roswell Police Department Saturday. Robles is wanted on one count of first degree murder and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

An affidavit filed in the case indicates police dispatch received a call at 8:57 p.m. from Rascon’s young daughter, who had reported her mother had been shot once in the head with a pistol by Robles.

According to the affidavit, the shooting allegedly followed a nearly three-hour argument about money, and Robles threatened to kill himself. He then shot Rascon, while the daughter was out of the house trying to get help.

Officers were told Robles then left the scene in a blue Honda Civic, according to the affidavit.

Police officers later went to the 900 block of East Matthews Street where Robles lives, and a blue Honda Civic was parked in a driveway. Search warrants were then executed on the vehicle and two houses; one where Robles lives and the neighboring house where his mother resides.

No firearms were found in either house or in the vehicle, the affidavit states.

Todd Wildermuth, RPD public information officer, said Monday police are still trying to find Robles and are asking the public to come forward with any information that could lead to his location or could be helpful in the case.

The two fatalities over the weekend bring the total number of homicides in Roswell so far this year to four and the number in Chaves County outside of Roswell to two.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.