HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) - A hotel guest fell victim to a random attack when he returned to his room and found a stranger dressed in black and armed with a gun, according to Hobbs police.
The attack happened early Sunday at the Hobbs Inn Hotel.
"On arrival officers contacted Jesse Barrientes and he explained that he had been robbed at gunpoint by an unknown subject," Capt. Michael Walker of the Hobbs Police Department told KRQE News 13.
According to Barrientes' police statement when he entered his hotel room around 5 a.m. Sunday a man dressed all in black was standing inside.
"The victim said they got into a brief argument then the subject known as Hector pulled out a shot gun from his sleeve and hit him across the face with it," Walker said.
Police say that's when the suspect later identified as Victor Navarrette, 26, who also goes by Hector, tied the victim's hands behind his back, rummaged through his belongings and stole everything he had.
Next police say a woman appeared, immediately threw Barrientes to the ground, held a gun to his head and demanded his ATM pin numbers.
According to the criminal complaint Barrientes was knocked unconscious, and when he came to nearly two hours later the suspects were gone.
Officials say the hotel's security camera's caught Navarrette entering and exiting the victim's hotel room, which ultimately helped them crack the case.
"The surveillance was actually amazing," Walker said. "It showed every person that went in and out of the subject's room."
Police say they were able to identify Navarrette from the video.
"Detectives then executed a search warrant at Navarrette's residence which they located stolen items from the robbery as well as clothing and a shotgun," Walker said.
Navarrette is being held at the Lea County Detention center on a $1 million bond.
Police say he was convicted of a previous robbery charge in 2006. They also said they are aware of and actively searching for Navarrette's female accomplice.
Barrientes suffered a broken jaw and brain hemorrhage.
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