LCPD: DNA confirms link to suspect in March stabbing

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - Las Cruces Police have made an arrest in the road-rage incident that led to the stabbing of a teenage boy in early March.

Arturo Medina, 30, has been charged with one county of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the case that left a 17-year-old with serious injuries.

The stabbing happened on Wednesday, March 1, just before 6 p.m. in the 3400 block of Parkridge Place. According to officers, a 17-year-old boy had been stabbed after getting into a fight with another driver who had allegedly aggressively followed him.

Police say the boy was driving on Bataan Memorial West when he said he made an inappropriate gesture to a woman who was a passenger in the car next to him.

The driver of the car next to him started following him aggressively until he pulled into a driveway on Parkridge Place. That's when Medina allegedly stopped, got out of his car, put a 40-ounce beer bottle on the ground and confronted the teenage boy.

During the fight, the teenage was stabbed and bumped several times. He was taken to University Medical Center in El Paso for treatment which were serious, but not life-threatening.

LCPD investigators found the 40-ounce beer bottle near the scene and attempted to find the car he was driving. Surveillance video from a nearby home was also reviewed and it allegedly showed Medina following the boy.

A DNA sample from the beer bottle allegedly linked Medina to the crime after he was identified as a possible suspect.

On Thursday, Medina was arrested at his home in the 1800 block of Picacho Ave. and charged in the stabbing. He is currently being held in the Doña Ana County Detention Center without bond.


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