Office of the Third Judicial District Attorney
April 1, 2020 | Las Cruces, NM— Timothy Trejo-Vigil, 26, of Las Cruces was sentenced to;
Ct. 1 – 18 years followed by 2 years parole (kidnapping)
Ct. 2 – 9 years, followed by 2 years parole (attempted murder)
Ct. 3 – 3 years followed by 2 years parole (agg batt GBH with deadly weapon)
Ct. 4 – 3 years followed by 2 years parole (agg batt GBH with deadly weapon)
Ct. 5 – 3 years followed by 2 years parole (agg batt GBH with deadly weapon)
Ct. 6 – 3 years followed by 2 years parole (agg batt GBH with deadly weapon)
Ct. 7 – 3 years followed by 2 years parole (agg batt GBH with deadly weapon)
Ct. 8 – 3 years followed by 2 years parole (agg batt GBH with deadly weapon)
Ct. 9 – 3 years followed by 2 years parole – injury to a pregnant woman
Trejo-Vigil will serve a total of 42 years in prison. None of the charges were suspended, each count was deemed a serious violent offense. Trejo-Vigil was found guilty by a Las Cruces Jury on charges of First-Degree Kidnapping, Attempted First Degree Murder and multiple counts of Aggravated Battery against a Household member with a Deadly weapon, Battery of a Household Member causing great Bodily Harm, and Injury to a pregnant woman.
Officers were dispatched to an apartment on Lester Ave. for the report of an assault. The 9-1-1 caller stated that two males broke into her home and beat her. When officers arrived, they found an older female who was identified as the primary home owner and mother of the suspect, taking a plastic bag of items and a broken broom handle from the apartment to the dumpster. When the officers entered the residence, they found the victim, Angel Swanson, in a dark bedroom, severely beaten. The victim was claiming that two unidentified men had broken into the home and assaulted her, in the initial investigation, the officers observed that there was no forced entry found on any of the doors and windows.
Swanson was found with a large gash to her head that appeared to be from both blunt force and a sharp object, stab wounds to her knees and arms, a broken jaw, a broken nose and bite marks on her body, hand and arm. Swanson’s injuries were so severe; she was flown to the nearest Trauma Center and hospitalized over a 3-month period.
The evidence recovered from the crime scene included items from the plastic bag; a metal pipe, a broken and bent red utility handle with blood on it and woman’s clothing with blood splatter. Trejo-Vigil’s clothing was also collected at the crime scene which confirmed he was wearing the night of the attack.
Angel Swanson testified at trial that Trejo-Vigil had beat her over a 2-day period. She stated that she repeatedly asked for a phone, that she knew her injuries were extensive and needed to go to the hospital, Trejo-Vigil finally relinquished the phone, after they fabricated the break-in story and left Swanson alone in the apartment.