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18-year-old arrested in Tuesday’s home invasion

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Deputies have arrested a man and charged him on various counts related to a home invasion and robbery of a home in Chaves County.

Anthony Castaneda

Anthony Castaneda, 18, of Roswell, was formally arrested Thursday and subsequently admitted to Tuesday’s home invasion and robbery, Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office said.

Castaneda was detained Wednesday after deputies spotted him in the 1200 block of East Alameda Street standing near a white Toyota reported stolen in the robbery.

Documents filed in Magistrate Court Thursday indicate Castaneda faces two counts each of aggravated burglary and attempt to commit a felony. He also is charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment, tampering with evidence, possession of burglary tools, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and conspiracy.

Castaneda admitted to investigators he had stolen a black Dodge van from a truck stop on North Main Street. According to court documents, he then drove with a female companion to a house in the 1000 block of South Eisenhower Road.

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Armed with a handgun, Castaneda and his female companion then forced their way into the house, held the elderly woman who lived there against her will and began ransacking the place. Documents state Castaneda and his companion allegedly stole jewelry, watches and televisions from the woman.

Castaneda later told police he and his female companion tried to leave in the vehicle they came in. However, it would not start, so they stole the Toyota parked in the home’s garage, according to documents.

When interviewed by investigators, Castaneda informed them he had the handgun that was used in the robbery in his possession when he arrived at the house on East Alameda Street Wednesday. When deputies arrived at the scene, he then ran into the house and hid the gun.

After receiving permission from the owner of the East Alameda house, deputies later searched the property, but were unable to find the handgun, according to documents.

Yslas said the investigation into Tuesday’s home invasion and robbery remains ongoing.

Electronic court records indicate Castaneda is currently awaiting trial in a separate case on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle; possession of a controlled substance; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle; failure to give immediate notice of accidents; driving while license suspended; failure to maintain traffic lane; failure to stop at a stop sign and reckless driving.

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