Police Arrest Suspect in Weekend Homicide

From LCPD:

Las Cruces police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for last weekend’s shooting death of 79-year-old Oscar Amezquita, the owner of a local shoe repair business.

Lonnie Gallegos, 38, whose last known address is on the 1000 block of East Hadley Avenue, was arrested without incident about 3 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at a motel on West Picacho Avenue. Gallegos is charged with one count of first-degree felony murder, a second-degree felony count of aggravated burglary, and fourth-degree felony counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence.

Investigators obtained a no-bond warrant for Gallegos on Monday and learned of his whereabouts early Wednesday morning. Details of the investigation and what led police to identify Gallegos as the suspect will be provided at a later time. The investigation is still ongoing.

Gallegos will be booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he will initially be held without bond.