At 10:55 p.m. Sunday night Las Cruces police officers responded to the report of a body in the roadway on Madrid Avenue on the north side of Apodaca Park. On arriving officers located a deceased male subsequently identified as 51-year-old James Garcia. Mr. Garcia sustained multiple sharp force injuries.
The suspect Joel Arciniega-Saenz was detained in Apodaca Park after officers observed that he had significant blood stains on his person as well as what appeared to be a bloody knife stuck in the ground near where he was seated. Arciniega-Saenz surrendered to officers without incident. Information developed during investigation led to Arciniega-Saenz being charged with First Degree Murder (Willful and Deliberate).
Police are asking anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Las Cruces Police Department at (575) 526-0795.