FBI Albuquerque
Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher
(505) 889-1438
September 12, 2022

FBI Media Alert: FBI Looks for Man Allegedly Involved in Las Cruces, New Mexico Armed Robbery

The FBI is looking for Joshua Lopez, 25, who is wanted for his alleged involvement in an armed shoplifting incident at a Las Cruces, New Mexico home improvement store on July 27, 2022.

At the time, Lopez, and an accomplice who is in custody, allegedly attempted to depart the store, located at 3200 N. Main Street, with an air conditioning unit without paying for it.

When they were confronted by two store employees and an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent, the accomplice allegedly produced what appeared to be a handgun that later was determined to be an air pellet gun.

Lopez and the accomplice fled the store in a vehicle driven by Lopez.

Lopez was injured during an officer-involved shooting at the end of a pursuit. He was transported to the University Medical Center of El Paso and left the hospital on August 3, 2022.

A federal arrest warrant was issued in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Las Cruces, New Mexico, on August 19, 2022, after Lopez was charged with interference with commerce by threats or violence (Hobbs Act).

The FBI and Las Cruces Police Department are investigating.

Description:

  • Alias: Joshua Garcia
  • Date(s) of Birth Used: May 27, 1997
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 180 pounds
  • Race: White (Hispanic)
  • Scars and Marks: Lopez has tattoos on his arms, back, and chest.

Anyone with information on Lopez's whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or tips.fbi.gov.

An FBI poster with photos of Lopez can be found at: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/additional/joshua-lopez.