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New Mexico State Police Investigates Suspected Home Intruders Shot By Homeowner In Valencia County

on March 5, 2019 - 2:57pm

Home intruder Stephen Benevides. Courtesy/NMSO

NMSP News:

LOS LUNAS – At around 7:41 p.m., Saturday, Valencia County Sheriff’s Department officers were dispatched to a residence on Valencia Drive in Los Lunas for a call of a shooting.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called in to investigate this shooting.

State Police agents learned that Stephen Benevides, 43, and Brittany Torres, 34, were both armed with weapons when they knocked on the front door of a residence on Valencia Drive.

When the homeowner opened the door, Benevides and Torres forced their way into the residence demanding money from the homeowner. The homeowner was able to retrieve his personal weapon and fired several shots toward Benevides and Torres striking both of them. Benevides and Torress left the area on foot and were located on Canada Street.

Benevides and Torres were transported to an area hospital where they were both being treated for injuries not believed to be life threatening. Benevides was treated and released from the hospital.

Benevides was booked into Valencia County Detention Center. He was charged with the following:

  • Aggravated Burglary 30-16-4A (2nd Degree Felony);
  • Attempt to commit a felony to wit Armed Robbery 30-28-1 (3rd Degree Felony);
  • Assault with the intent to commit a violent felony to wit Armed Robbery 30-3-3 (3rd Degree Felony); and
  • Conspiracy to commit a felony 30-28-2 (3rd Degree Felony).

State Police officers are at the hospital with Torres until she can be booked into jail. Torres is facing numerous state charges.

The identities of the victims or the present location of Torres will not be released by State Police.

State Police Investigation agents continue to investigate this case. Additional information will be released when available.