Shooting leads to murder and kidnapping charges

Anthony Olivas of Carlsbad was arrested on a murder and kidnapping charge Sunday by Carlsbad police.

A Carlsbad man already charged with an open count of murder and first degree kidnapping could be facing more charges, according to Assistant Carlsbad Police Chief Jaime Balencia.

Anthony Lee Olivas, 26,  was arrested Sunday night by Carlsbad police and booked into the Eddy County Detention Center on the charges that stemmed from a shooting in the 500 block of South Mesa Street Sunday around 11:30 a.m., Balencia and dispatch records from the Regional Emergency Dispatch Authority (REDA) indicated.

“Through a collaborative investigative effort between the Carlsbad Police Department and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Olivas was identified as the suspect. An arrest warrant was obtained and at approximately 4:05 p.m. Sunday, Olivas was taken into custody in Loving,” Balencia said in a news release.