ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Lapel camera video shows how things played out the morning officers found two homeless men beaten to death in a field. The video also shows three teens being arrested, and a fourth questioned. Much of the video is too gruesome to show.
Two homeless men, Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson, were found beaten to death in a field near 60th and Central on July 19, 2014. On the lapel camera video, responding officers say it appears as if their faces were “bashed in.”
Witnesses told police neighborhood teens had attacked homeless people in the area before.
The search warrant states police followed footprints from the victims’ bodies to a house. It was there police found Gilbert Tafoya, 15, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, and Alex Rios, 18.
According to the warrant, Tafoya told officers he had “red glitter super glue” on his shorts. That substance tested positive for blood.
The lapel camera video shows the teens handcuffed, being led away for questioning. One of the teens told police they had beaten the two men with bricks, sticks, even a metal pole. Police say they also threw dirt in the victims’ faces.
According to the search warrant, officers gathered clothing, a shower curtain, a backpack and shoes. One of the pairs of shoes police found in the house appeared to have been freshly washed.
The three teens are charged with murder. Lapel video shows a fourth teen brought in for questioning; he was not charged.
A third man, who was asleep on a mattress next to one of the victims, said the teens also started to hit and kick him, but he got away. He said they were armed with a bat and wearing masks.
One of the suspects told police the three had beaten up at least 50 homeless people in the past few months. APD says it’s received several tips tying the three teens to specific homeless beating cases, and they’re all being investigated.