Las Cruces man charged in second sexual assault in less than a year

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - Las Cruces Police charged a 24-year-old man with sexually assaulting a woman and stabbing his own brother last week - the second sexual assault charge he's faced in less than a year.

Hanson James Dennis, 24, is charged with a second-degree felony count of kidnapping, third-degree felony count of criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a fourth-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators learned that Dennis was hosting a party on October 4 and invited three women to his apartment after meeting them at a nearby PicQuick. During the party, Dennis told the woman who was the designated driver she could rest in his bedroom until the others were ready to leave.

The 23-year-old woman reported to police that shortly after laying down, Dennis forced himself on her, held her against her will and assaulted her.

She later was able to leave the room and reportedly told Dennis' brother, Johnny, and another woman that she'd been assaulted by Hanson Dennis.

Investigators learned that Johnny Dennis confronted his brother, Hanson, and was stabbed in the leg with a pocket knife during the fight.

Johnny Dennis and the female victim were both taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that are not considered serious.

LCPD were unable to locate Hanson Dennis immediately following the alleged assault and issued a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody by Doña Ana County Sheriff's deputies on Friday evening just east of Las Cruces.

This is the second arrest for Dennis in the last year. According to court documents, he was arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in November 2016.

In that case, Dennis allegedly purchased alcohol for the minor and forced himself on her while she was sleeping. A court date for the first alleged incident is still pending in court.

Dennis is currently being held without bond in the Doña Ana County Detention Center.


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