LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- A Las Cruces man suspected of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint and raping her late Tuesday has been arrested and faces multiple felony charges, according to police.
Jay Daniel Andras, 23, was being held without bond on Wednesday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on charges including kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and armed robbery.
Police contend the knife-wielding Andras approached the woman on Tuesday evening outside a business in the 600 block of east Amador Avenue while she was putting trash in a dumpster. He repeatedly threatened to kill her if she did not comply with his demands, investigators said.
"Andras then forced the woman into her car and drove to a secluded area in northwest Las Cruces. There, Andras allegedly forced the woman to undress before he sexually assaulted her," police spokesman Dan Trujillo said.
Following the sex attack, police said the victim managed to escape and call 911 when Andras stopped at a Circle K store and got out of the car to make a purchase. Officers indicated they arrested him at the convenience store a short time later.