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Home invasion suspect believed to be in custody

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Sheriff’s deputies believe they have arrested a suspect in Tuesday’s home invasion and robbery of an elderly woman’s home.

Eight individuals were taken into custody Wednesday morning in the 1200 block of East Alameda Street, where deputies found the white Toyota Avalon reported stolen in Tuesday’s home invasion, Charles Yslas, chief deputy for the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, said.

“And right now, we currently have deputies and detectives executing multiple search warrants at that residence, on that vehicle and additional possible locations,” he said.

The identity of the man taken into custody and believed to be the suspect in the home invasion could not be released Wednesday because he had not been formally charged. Yslas said the other seven people were detained as possible witnesses and to determine whether they had any part in Tuesday’s incident.

A man and woman armed with a weapon reportedly made their way into the house of an elderly woman in Chaves County Tuesday morning.

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Police have not revealed the address due to the ongoing nature of their investigation.

The intruders held the woman against her will, ransacked her home and escaped with several items belonging to the woman, including her Toyota Avalon.

The woman was not injured but was very distraught, Yslas said.

“This is not something she ever thought would occur to her, or would happen to her. This isn’t something that anybody expects to happen to them in their own home,” he said.

Yslas said Tuesday deputies were searching for two suspects: a Hispanic male 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 180 pounds; and a Hispanic female wearing a blanket.

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