Law enforcement identifies suspect in beating of two women

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Eli Crowe, 47, of Montezuma, New Mexico, who is wanted on two counts of aggravated battery for the alleged Aug. 26 beating of two Taos Pueblo women at Llano Hot Springs.

Crowe is described as a heavyset Anglo male, with short-cropped blond hair and blue-green eyes. He is known to drive a white Ford van equipped with racks and camping equipment and is believed to carry a handgun. He may still be camping in Northern New Mexico.

Law enforcement was notified of the alleged beatings Aug. 27.

According to statements provided by the victims and contained in an affidavit for the arrest warrant, the women arrived at the hot springs in a vehicle Aug. 26. They were approached by Crowe, who was carrying a flashlight.

The statements continue to say Crowe told the women they were not allowed in the area and demanded they leave. He said he was going to contact police and was attempting to photograph the women's license plate. One of the women began arguing with him. Crowe "put his flashlight in her face" and the woman put her hands up and tried to push him away. Crowe allegedly began punching her in the face, using a cellphone or the flashlight he was carrying.

County and tribal law enforcement visited the victims at Holy Cross Hospital early Aug. 27. Both women were being treated for injuries, one with lacerations to the face and the other with a bruised and swollen eye, though the affidavit does not indicate how the second victim's injuries were inflicted.

Both women provided law enforcement with a preliminary description.

Law enforcement is looking for Crowe. Submit tips to Taos County Sheriff's Office at (575) 737-6480 or Taos County Crimestoppers at (575) 758-4258.

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