Man accused of taking woman at gunpoint arrested

Man accused of taking woman at gunpoint arrested

From the Las Vegas Optic

A Las Vegas man who police say kidnapped a woman at gunpoint in April has been arrested. The woman was found unharmed.

Forty-year-old Eric L. Vigil, who is also known as “Eric Builder” and “Scare Bear,” was arrested June 7 in rural San Miguel County following a months-long search. Police suspected Vigil in the disappearance of 30-year-old Alexiaray M. Archuleta.

The Las Vegas Police Department began the investigation into the disappearance of Archuleta after she was reported missing April 7, according to court records.

On April 22, LVPD posted two flyers to its Facebook page announcing Vigil was wanted on warrants, and that he was a suspect in the disappearance of Archuleta. According to the flyer, police feared Archuleta had been “taken hostage” by Vigil.

New Mexico State Police took over the investigation on May 5, according to an arrest affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

On June 7, a woman called police to say Vigil and Archuleta had come to her home near Sapello seeking a place to stay. She allowed them to camp on her property, but she said Vigil showed a handgun to her 16-year-old child, so she left with her children and contacted police.

Police arrested Vigil at the property. During a search, they located a handgun that matched the description given by the property owner. Multiple other witnesses told police Vigil had been armed with a sawed-off shotgun as well. During subsequent searches, police located a shotgun matching the description provided by witnesses.

Vigil was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center June 7 for his previous warrants. On June 10, two additional charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm were added — one in San Miguel County Magistrate Court, and one in Mora Magistrate Court.

During a June 11 hearing in San Miguel Magistrate Court, Judge Melanie Rivera set bond for Vigil at $20,000 cash or surety, citing that he has failed to appear for court on eight previous occasions and that he has four pending felony cases and one pending misdemeanor case.

Vigil appeared in Mora Magistrate Court June 15 where Judge Cindy Garza set a $5,000 cash-only bond, citing an “extensive criminal history.”

That criminal history dates back to 2006 when Vigil was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

In the multiple pending cases cited by Judge Rivera, Vigil faces several charges, including aggravated burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and residential burglary. He also faces multiple counts of escape from a community custody release program and being a felon in possession of a firearm in a 2012 case.

Vigil’s bond amount was reviewed at a hearing in San Miguel Magistrate Court on Tuesday, but the court ordered the bond remain unchanged. A bond review hearing is scheduled in Mora Magistrate Court for Friday.

Vigil remained in custody at SMCDC as of this writing and is scheduled to appear in San Miguel Magistrate Court June 22 for a preliminary hearing.