Las Cruces man decapitated victim in Apodaca Park murder: affidavit

By Patricia L. Garcia | KTSM

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The suspect accused of brutally murdering a 51-year-old man at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces, N.M., on Sunday reportedly decapitated the victim and kicked his head at 14 different cars.

According to court documents, Joel Arciniega-Saenz is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 51-year-old James Garcia, whose body was found Sunday night in the roadway on Madrid Avenue on the north side of the park. An officer with the Las Cruces Police Department found Garcia’s head about 10 yards from the rest of his body. Garcia also had several stab wounds to his upper body and his middle right finger had been removed.

Arciniega-Saenz was later arrested at Apodaca Park after officers found him with bloodstains on his hands and boots and a bloody knife was reportedly found in the ground near him. He surrendered to the police without resisting.


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