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Woman held without bond in alleged kidnapping and assault

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Christianne Cahenzli (Submitted Photo)

A woman allegedly involved in abducting, physically assaulting and threatening another woman at gunpoint will remain incarcerated up through her eventual jury trial.

Judge James Hudson of New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court, during a joint pretrial detention hearing and preliminary examination Wednesday, granted a motion by the District Attorney’s Office to hold Christianne Cahenzli, 35, of Roswell without bond pending trial.

Hudson also determined at the hearing that based on evidence presented by the prosecution, probable cause exists to believe Cahenzli could have committed the crimes she is charged with and therefore her case will be bound over to District Court for trial.

Court documents state Cahenzli faces one count each of kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, battery and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Cahenzli, along with Cruzito Garcia-Valenzuela, 22, of Roswell, and Elizabeth Gamboa, 43, of Roswell, faces charges related to a Jan. 10 incident during which, according to court documents, they allegedly forced a woman at gunpoint to drive them to a location, battered her and opened fire on the pickup truck she was driving before the woman fled on foot.

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According to court documents, Garcia-Valenzuela, who is also being held without bond, faces the same charges as Cahenzli, along with one count each of criminal damage to property over $1,000, and receipt, transportation or possession of a firearm or destructive device by certain persons, felon.

Gamboa is now being held without bond while undergoing a competency evaluation. She is charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

In their motion, the District Attorney’s Office argued Cahenzli should remain in custody because no conditions of release could reasonably assure the safety of the public if she was to be released while awaiting trial.

They noted Cahenzli, at the time of the Jan. 10 events, was out on conditions of release while awaiting trial on charges in another case, conditions the District Attorney’s Office noted she violated by being charged with additional crimes and allegedly possessing a firearm.

“Given defendant’s history of failing to abide by the court’s order regarding conditions of release, it is not likely that any conditions of release would be followed in the future,” the motion states.

The victim, according to court documents, told police she was outside a friend’s residence in the 800 block of West Mathews Street when Cahenzli and Garcia-Valenzuela drove up in a Nissan pickup truck.

Cahenzli and Garcia-Valenzuela asked the victim if she knew where their dog was before both allegedly pulled out guns and told the victim she needed to go with them to Gamboa’s house.

Garcia-Valenzuela sat in the passenger seat of the Ford F-150 pickup truck the victim was driving, pointing a gun at her and forcing her to drive him to an East Bland Street location while Cahenzli followed them in the Nissan pickup.

When they reached East Bland Street, Gamboa was standing in front of a trailer park. The victim and Garcia-Valenzuela then exited the F-150, as Gamboa, Cahenzli and Garcia-Valenzuela began swearing at her and asking about the dog.

The three alleged assailants, court documents state, instructed the victim to unlock the F-150 and give them the keys but she refused to do so.

Garcia-Valenzuela reportedly handed the gun to Gamboa before he allegedly grabbed the victim by the hair, punched her in the face and slammed her body against the F-150.

Cahenzli, while still holding a gun, allegedly punched the victim in the face multiple times before Garcia-Valenzuela threw three rocks at the F-150.

Court documents state Cahenzli then got onto the running board of the F-150 and tried pulling on the driver’s side window.

As the victim tried to pull Cahenzli away from the F-150, Garcia-Valenzuela reportedly fired a gun at the driver’s side window, causing it to shatter.

The victim told police she then took off running and heard more gunshots, though she said the shots were not fired at her but at the F-150.

While she was running, the victim encountered a friend who then drove her to a location where she contacted police.

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