Hobbs Police Arrest One Murder Suspect, Search Continues for the Other

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - Sonny Ortega is just one of the suspects wanted for the murder of Christopher Laureles back in January.

This all started earlier this afternoon when some one spotted Ortega at a store and called the cops.

Police got to the store in the 1800 block of north turner, just as Ortega was leaving on his motorcycle.

The officers chased Ortega, who ditched his bike behind an auto parts store, and took off running.

After a foot chase, they eventually caught him behind a car dealership on north Grimes.

The other suspect in the murder is Mark Anthony Ruiz.

Investigators say Ruiz and Ortega are the men behind the shooting death of Laureles on January 30th.

Ortega is facing several charges in addition to the murder charge, including kidnapping and robbery.

Police are asking for anyone who might have information on where Ruiz might be.

You can call Hobbs police or Hobbs Crimestoppers at 575-393-8005.