ALBUQERQUE (KRQE) – The man at the center of a massive manhunt told a judge he was shot three times, but the hunt for suspects isn’t over yet.
Police shut down a northwest Albuquerque neighborhood Wednesday as they searched for Alex Trinidad Gallegos who was wanted for his role in a homicide.
The pieces, deputies say, are beginning to come together.
Gallegos went before a judge this weekend, spilling his story, but made little mention about the homicide he’s accused of. However, he did tell the judge why he had no choice but to run from police.
“By probable cause it doesn’t state there that they opened fire on me. That’s why I was wounded. That’s why I’m in a wheel chair. I had to flee for my life,” he said.
Gallegos was talking about the manhunt in Taylor Ranch on Wednesday. Three schools were shut down while police tried to find him. He was finally arrested that evening after he was found hiding in closet; a blood trail led deputies to him.
Deputies say he’s connected to the death of Sergio Bickham whose body found in a tunnel off I-40 near the Route 66 Casino in may.
On Thursday, deputies got a tip about a truck thought to be involved in that death.
They stumbled across it at McComas Sales near 4th and Menaul, and it turned up stolen.
That then led deputies to a chop shop ran by Jack McComas Jr. with multiple cars in the process of being torn apart.
Now deputies say they’re looking for another man – Warren Esquirell – in connection to the murder. They say a car he may be driving went through the same chop shop.
“He knows he is being sought after and right now he is on the run so were trying to give him a chance to come forward and talk to us,” said Sgt. John Allen of the BCSD homicide unit.
Esquirell is believed to be in the Albuquerque area. As for Gallegos, he’s still locked up on $100,000 cash or surety bond.
Deputies say Bickham and Gallegos ran in the same narcotics ring. A witness told detectives Bickham owed Gallegos $800 for meth.