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Man Suspected of Pointing Shotgun at 16-year-old Girl 2018

Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of holding his 16-year-old girlfriend against her will and pointing a shotgun at her teenage friend.

Juan Fernando Rendon, 20, of the 1600 block of Ralph Drive, is charged with one third-degree felony count of child abuse, a fourth-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony count of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of battery against a household member.

Investigators learned that about 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, Rendon’s 16-year-old girlfriend arrived at his residence and sometime thereafter fell asleep. The girl told investigators she woke up around 10 a.m. and wanted to leave, so she sent a text to her 16-year-old friend asking for a ride.

The 16-year-old friend told investigators she arrived at Rendon’s home and saw that he was upset with his girlfriend and didn’t want her to leave. Investigators believe that’s when Rendon retrieved a shotgun, charged the weapon and pointed it at the friend.

Rendon’s girlfriend also indicated she was physically battered and restrained during the incident. The girlfriend had what appeared to have bruises to her left thigh consistent with her accounts of being battered.

The two girls were able to run to a neighbor’s home where they called police.

In speaking with investigators, Rendon acknowledged owning two BB guns but denied having a shotgun in the residence. Rendon gave investigators consent to search his residence where they found a black shotgun inside a bedroom closet.

Rendon was arrested Sunday morning and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is initially being held without bond.