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Posted on: March 20, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Man Suspected of Pointing Gun at Ex-girlfriend’s Young Son

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Police arrested a man suspected of pointing a handgun at his ex-girlfriend’s son during a confrontation the former couple had in November 2018.

Leonard A. “Chevy” Bustamante, 33, of the 1800 block of Dori Court, is charged with one second-degree felony count of intentional child abuse, a second-degree felony count of aggravated burglary, a fourth-degree felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two misdemeanor counts of battery against a household member.

Las Cruces police investigators learned that Bustamante went to his former girlfriend’s home on Nov. 24, 2018, to visit his biological son. During the visit, Bustamante allegedly encouraged delinquency on the part of his son toward his mother. Words were exchanged between Bustamante and his ex-girlfriend and she told him to leave. Investigators learned that, as Bustamante left, he spat in his ex-girlfriend’s face.

After being pushed out the door, Leonard allegedly forced his way back inside the home and threw his ex-girlfriend to the floor. When the woman’s other son tried to intervene, Bustamante allegedly drew a black handgun from a holster, racked the slide and pointed it at the young boy.

Investigators later learned that Bustamante’s employer, a local security company, confirmed that Bustamante was likely in possession of a firearm on that date.

Bustamante was arrested Thursday, March 14, and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center. He was released on bond the following day.

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