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Two shooting suspects appear in court

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Two men who face criminal charges after allegedly opening fire on a man and a woman Wednesday appeared in Chaves County Magistrate Court Monday, where bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety for one, and another was released on his own recognizance.

Victor Jimenez, 24, of Haltom, Texas, and Amador Lopez, 21, of Roswell, were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting, in which no one was reported injured.

At Monday’s hearing, Judge K.C. Rogers set bond for Jimenez at $5,000 cash or surety. Lopez was released on his own recognizance. Conditions of release were imposed on both men, according to court documents.

Jimenez is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle and one count of tampering with evidence.

Lopez is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy.

Two other men who were riding with Jimenez and Lopez were arrested but have not yet been charged with any crime.

The shooting happened after Jimenez, Lopez and two other men who were with them came across the alleged victim — who Lopez alleged had previously broken into his house — at a 1300 South Main Street business at about 4 p.m., according to the affidavit.

The alleged victim said he was getting into his truck with his girlfriend when he noticed a Hispanic man of average build with a black beard staring at him.

The alleged victim said he saw the male bring his hand forward and brandish a gun and then smirk, but the man never pointed the handgun at him, according to the affidavit.

The alleged victim said as he began to drive out of the parking lot, he saw a navy blue Toyota Tundra parked nearby. According to the affidavit, the alleged victim said that he began to drive south on Southeast Main Street when Lopez began to follow him in the Tundra.

The alleged victim told police Lopez kept following him as he continued north on Garden Avenue. He added Lopez tried driving alongside him, but the alleged victim said he was able to stay in front of him.

When they reached the corner of Elm Avenue and Summit Street, the alleged victim said he stopped at his girlfriend’s father’s house and Lopez drove on the curb to pass his truck, the affidavit states.

The alleged victim stated that when Lopez pulled in front of them, the same man who had allegedly brandished the gun climbed halfway out the passenger’s side window of the truck and fired several shots.

The alleged victim later told police he felt like the gunman was trying to kill him and that he and his girlfriend ducked down in the truck to avoid being hit. According to the affidavit, the victim said he and his girlfriend’s father began to chase the Toyota Tundra while the girlfriend called police.

Jimenez, Lopez and the two other men traveling with them were later located and arrested at a 1200 block of South Kentucky Avenue address, according to the affidavit.

When questioned by police, Lopez said he, Jimenez and the two other males stopped at the South Main Street location when they saw the alleged victim. Lopez said one of the other occupants had gotten out with a gun in his hand and was trying to scare the victim.

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