Hobbs Man Facing Armed Robbery, Assault Charges

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

A Hobbs man is behind bars after police say he broke into a guy's house, robbed him and beat him up.

We're told 42-year-old Ladell Smith woke the man up on Wednesday morning and demanded cash.

Smith then pulled him off the bed and started hitting him.

During the struggle, Smith's flare gun accidentally went off and struck the victim's back.

Investigators say the victim gave Smith $150 and he took off.

Police eventually caught him and say Smith confessed he went to that house to steal cocaine, not cash.

Smith is charged with armed robbery and assault.