Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that yesterday afternoon a Curry County jury found Juan Aguilar, age 46, of Clovis, guilty of Kidnapping a second degree felony.
On February 19, 2016, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Curry Road 8 and Highway 70, where a woman was being held against her will inside an SUV. The woman had accepted a ride from a stranger to go to Walmart and became afraid when the male, later identified as Juan Aguilar, instead drove her down a deserted county road and began to attempt to kiss and fondle her chest. The woman was able to text her family for help, and they in turn called 911.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the trial and postponed sentencing upon the request of the defense so they could file motions. Aguilar faces up to 9 years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender.
"The Curry County Sheriff's Office deserves a lot of credit for this one," said Stover, "if not for their quick response this incident could have been a lot worse."
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Brian Stover prosecuted the case for the State and Michael Garrett, Criminal Defense Attorney, represented Aguilar.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.