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Man from Alto, New Mexico pleads guilty to federal kidnapping charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Joshua Neil Bowen, 28, of Alto, New Mexico pleaded guilty on June 25 in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico to kidnapping. 

            According to Bowen’s plea agreement and other public court documents, he and four co-defendants abducted the victim from a travel center in Mescalero, New Mexico on April 4, 2019.  Bowen and Roberto Cervantes, 25, of Chaparral, New Mexico each had a firearm at the time.  Cervantes hit the victim in the face several times.  They also tied and bound the victim in an attempted robbery. 

            Bowen and his co-defendants took the victim to Chaparral where the co-defendants tried to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account with a debit card.  From there, some of the co-defendants traveled to El Paso, Texas, where Bowen took the victim to a bank.  Bowen ordered the victim to pretend to be Bowen’s grandfather and change the PIN for the victim’s ATM card. After changing the PIN, Bowen transported the victim back to New Mexico.  Some of the co-defendants obtained money from the victim’s bank account. 

            Bowen and his co-defendants checked into a hotel in Las Cruces on April 5, 2019, where they prevented the victim from leaving.  Bowen and Brittany Priddy, 30, of Ruidoso, New Mexico left the hotel on April 7, 2019, and traveled to a residence.  On April 8, 2019, the victim managed to call his son and tell him where he was.  An officer from the Las Cruces Police Department responded and rescued the victim. 

            Priddy pleaded guilty on April 28.  Derek Welborn, 30, of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico pleaded guilty on April 30.  Cervantes and Alison Comstock, 28, of Carrizozo, New Mexico pleaded guilty on May 19.  All of the defendants are in custody awaiting sentencing.

            The FBI investigated this case with the New Mexico State Police, Ruidoso Downs Police Department, Las Cruces Police Department and Dona Ana Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marisa A. Ong and Tilli M. Villalobos is prosecuting the case. 

Updated June 26, 2020

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 20-109