Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of threatening a woman who provided the stranger a ride Saturday morning.
Mario Marcus Campos, 23, is charged with one count of aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony. The charge is a fourth-degree felony count.
Investigators learned that, about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Campos was at the Pic Quik store at 1770 S. Telshor Blvd. where he asked a customer, a woman driving a black Hyundai Tucson, for a ride to an address near the intersection of Telshor Boulevard and University Avenue. The woman, who is not familiar to Las Cruces and does not know Campos, initially refused but the stranger persisted.
The woman conceded and told investigators that she drove Campos to Buena Vida Circle, an area he indicated was near his girlfriend’s apartment. The woman told investigators she pulled over and intended to drop off Campos. Instead, investigators learned, that’s when Campos reached over, grabbed the vehicle keys and turned off the ignition.
Investigators believe Campos then indicated that he had a gun in his waistband and threatened the woman with it. The woman never saw a firearm but indicated to investigators that she was in fear for her life.
The woman exited the vehicle with her cell phone and, after exchanging words with Campos, called 911 to report the incident. Campos fled the area on foot and was later located by a Las Cruces police officer near Memorial Medical Center. No gun was located on Campos.
Campos was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he’s currently being held without bond.