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3 men shot during botched Las Cruces robbery now in custody

Edward Hartley, left; James Melendres, center; and Joseph Aragon, right Edward Hartley, left; James Melendres, center; and Joseph Aragon, right | 

The Associated Press
September 19, 2017 07:52 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Police in Las Cruces say they've have arrested three men shot and wounded during the botched robbery of a roommate four months ago.

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They say 26-year-old Edward Hartley, 24-year-old James Melendres and 25-year-old Joseph Aragon all lived in the home.

Police say the men were shot during the May 18 incident and have been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

When officers arrived, they found Melendres with a gunshot wound to his neck outside the home.

Police say Hartley was suffering from two gunshot wounds and Aragon was found inside a bathtub.

Melendres and Aragon each received five gunshot wounds and were both in critical condition when transported a hospital.

Investigators believe Melendres and Aragon likely approached Hartley with the intention of stealing money from him.

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