Las Cruces Police say couple chased vehicle, allegedly shot at person in other car

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Las Cruces Police have arrested a couple after they allegedly chased and shot at person with whom they had an ongoing dispute all while their 1-year-old son was in the backseat of their vehicle.

Anthony J. Herrera, 26, and Anna Herrera, 29, of the 6000 block of Aerosmith Court east of Las Cruces, are charged with one count each of attempted first degree murder and intentional child abuse.

Anthony Herrera faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and tampering with evidence.

Las Cruces Police were sent to an area near Boutz Road and Alamo Street shortly before 7 p.m. Aug. 6 where several witnesses reported seeing a vehicle pursuit and heard gunshots.

Police say that that Anna  was initially driving the Chrysler with Anthony as a passenger and their 1-year-old son in the backseat when the couple spotted a 19-year-old man Anthony had allegedly threatened to kill several times.

They spotted the 19-year-old driving his Honda Accord.

Police say the Herreras began chasing the Honda through city streets before Anthony allegedly fired several rounds at the Honda.

The driver of the Honda and his passenger were not injured but the vehicle was struck by several rounds of gunfire.

The Herrera's 1-year-old son was turned over to the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. Anna Herrera was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000. Bond for Anthony Herrera will be set on Friday.

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