In mid-May of 1841, Alvino Gonzalez and three other men left El Paso del Norte in pursuit of two youths, who fled toward New Mexico. By the 17th of May, the men reached Doña Ana at the bend at the river, twenty leagues north of Paso, where Apaches (or Comanches) ambushed the men and captured Gonzalez. The men who accompanied Gonzalez escaped; one of them hid in a bush by the river and returned to Paso the next day to report the attack.
At the break of dawn on the 19th, a squad of men from Paso set out for Doña Ana, where they expected to recover dead bodies and punish the aggressors, but instead on the road they encountered Gonzalez and his companions alive. Gonzalez had suffered a slight chest wound and the loss of his weapons and saddle when he fled los indios by jumping into the river.
The Prefect of Paso reported this incident (and others) to Chihuahuan authorities, who published the report in La Luna, the official newspaper of Chihuahua.