3rd suspect arrested in break-in at MMA fighter's home

From KOB-TV.com - By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A third man suspected of invading an MMA fighter's home on New Year's Day is behind bars. Nathan Avalos, 20, turned himself in shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday. Avalos faces several charges, including aggravated burglary, in connection to the home invasion turned fatal stabbing.
     Dona Ana County officials said four men forced their way into Joseph Torrez's home, where a fight broke out between the su
spects and the professional fighter. One of the suspects was stabbed to death while the others fled from the scene.
     According to the sheriff's office, the incident stemmed from an argument that happened earlier that evening. The details of the argument are still under investigation.
     Deputies discovered the body of 25-year-old Sal Garces two doors down from where the alleged invasion took place. Officials said Garces suffered blunt force trauma to the head and had been stabbed several times. His body has been sent to the OMI for an autopsy.
     The district attorney's office said Tuesday that Torrez could face charges in the stabbing death, pending an investigation that could take weeks. His supporters have set up a Facebook page to raise money for his legal expenses.
      Torrez's fiancĂ©e and child were inside the home at the time of the incident. Authorities said his fiancĂ©e tried to use her body against the front door to keep the men from entering. More
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News New Mexico takes flu day Tuesday

An earlier picture of Michael Swickard
NewsNM:Swickard - Well, the Dark Angel of flu visited News New Mexico yesterday and we were all too sick for broadcast.... So we played a best of News New Mexico show to have something coming in your radios...

We hope to be back on the air Wednesday and promise not to give any details whatsoever of the flu we suffered other than to say it is nasty. And yes, I did have my flu shot and yes I did get the flu

See you Wednesday as we return to live broadcast of News New Mexico
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