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Couple Claim Armed Men Robbed, Held Them Hostage

A prominent Las Cruces couple said they were robbed at knifepoint in their home in Old Mesilla.

Glenn and Sally Cutter, owners of the Cutter Art Gallery, said they were robbed and held hostage Friday night by men who may also have been carrying a gun.

Cutter said he and his wife feared for their lives and called the crime a “horrendous thing for anyone to go through.” He told the Las Cruces Sun-News that two masked men entered his Mesilla home, tied him and his wife and then stole his wife’s jewelry collection, including their rings and a watch. Some of their silver pieces and a small amount of cash from Cutter’s wallet were also taken.

Cutter said the men then put him in a closet before taking his wife to their gallery on University and El Paseo, but Cutter said nothing was taken from the gallery.

The men returned to the home with Cutter’s wife and put her in a closet, but she managed to escape to a neighbors home to call the Mesilla Marshal’s Office.

Cutter said the ordeal spanned three hours. He said he and his wife were, “without a doubt,” scared for their lives.

“Its a horrendous thing for anyone to go through,” Cutter said. “We just feel lucky to be alive and to be here this morning. We have a lot of empathy for people who have gone through something similar.”

Authorities are being very tight-lipped about the situation. One official said authorities don’t want to compromise the investigation.

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