Published On: Wed, Jun 23rd, 2021

‘They Let a Monster Out’: Suspect Allegedly Decapitates Man After Release From Jail

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A New Mexico man recently released from jail reportedly stabbed and decapitated another man in a Las Cruces park Sunday. The suspect, Joel Arciniega-Saenz, 25, confessed Monday that he murdered and decapitated James Garcia, 51, in Apodoca Park, Las Cruces, and then proceeded to drag his body into a city street and play soccer with his severed head, police told KFOX. Arciniega-Saenz reportedly told investigators that Garcia had raped his wife four years earlier, but failed to identify his wife or provide evidence, police said. “I was just shocked it actually happened. It’s stuff you see in crime movies or stuff like that,” Mark Rey, a Las Cruces resident, told KFOX. “This is a small-town community. That’s sad, that’s disgusting and sad,” said Jose Maes, also from Las Cruces. Arciniega-Saenz was accused of shooting and killing Benjamin Montoya, a 21 year-old Las Cruces man, in 2017, KFOX reported. He was …

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