ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Three teenagers, charged with beating three homeless men and killing two of them, could be in court as soon as today. Albuquerque police arrested 18-year-old Alex Rios, 16-year-old Nathaniel Carrillo and 15-year-old Gilbert Tafoya this weekend. The three claim to have been attacking homeless people in the metro area throughout the last year. The district attorney will decide if all three will be charged as adults.
Three different crime scenes in Albuquerque on Sunday appear to be connected to one suspected drunk driver. Officers say the suspect intentionally ran over a homeless man with his van following an argument at a park off Hannett and Broadway. Witnesses say the van was dragging the other man’s bike. A short time later, police were called out to Menaul and University where they found the driver’s girlfriend under an overpass with a broken arm. Police managed to arrest the driver at a third scene. Today we expect to learn the charges against him. The homeless man remains hospitalized in serious condition this morning, but is expected to survive.
International outrage continues to grow after more than 250 bodies are removed from the wreckage of Malaysian Flight 17 which was shot down last week. There’s also concern that pro-Russian fighters guarding the area where the plane crashed have been tampering with the evidence. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he supports a cooperative investigation, but it looks like the crash site may already be compromised.
The Albuquerque homeless shelter, Joy Junction, which provides 16,000 meals a month to needy families, is running out of food. The 28-year-old shelter is hoping people can help out by donating food to feed the hungry.
Happy birthday to Andrew Martines of Albuquerque, who had the rare life-experience of having his wish come true. The 10 year old, who has muscular dystrophy, got to be sworn in Friday and help APD catch a “bad guy” in a pretend bank robbery Sunday.