Omaree Varela stepfather arrested

Steven Casaus (KRQE News 13)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The stepfather heard berating 9-year-old Omaree Varela in a 9-1-1 call months before the boy was killed, was arrested early Sunday morning by Albuquerque Police.

Albuquerque Police said Steve Casaus was driving drunk, and had a slew of drugs on him.

He’s out of jail on bond now for those drug charges. Casaus has yet to be charged in the death of Omaree Varela.

His angry tirade against the boy was captured on 9-11 audio. “You make everyone around you sick Omaree, everybody. You make me and your mom f***** pissed man,” his voice is heard on the 9-11 call.

That accidental 9-11 call made last June captured a glimpse of the disturbing abuse Omaree endured. His mom, Synthia Varela-Casaus and Steve Casaus, his step-dad, are both heard berating him.

Months later, his mom was arrested and charged for allegedly kicking Omaree to death. Sunday just after midnight, police arrested Steve Casaus for driving drunk in the northeast heights.

Officers said Casaus was swerving, speeding, and ran several red lights. When they stopped him near Carlisle and San Mateo, police said Casaus had drugs, electronic scales, and needles in his car.

“What we found was large amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine, and what appeared to be black tar heroin, so at that point the charges kind of changed because now he’s looking at a felony charge of drug possession,” explained officer Simon Drobik, of the Albuquerque Police Department.

KRQE News 13 is told it’s still up to the District Attorney’s office to decide when and if Steve Casaus could face charges in the death of Omaree.

News 13 reached out to the D.A’s office, but haven’t heard back yet by airtime on Sunday. Court records show Casaus has a long criminal history including assault on a peace officer, auto theft, as well as drug and forgery convictions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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