Suspect in manhunt faces judge again

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 has learned more about what led to the lengthy manhunt that shut down the Taylor Ranch area this past week.

Murder suspect Alex Trinidad Gallegos was in front of a judge again Saturday, now facing charges of breaking and entering, fleeing law enforcement and more.

Bernalillo County deputies were staking out his home near Coors and Golf Course to arrest him on Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Gallegos drove away in his tow truck, ramming a homeland security pickup truck.

Deputies say shots were fired and Gallegos was injured. He then hit another parked vehicle, got out of the tow truck and took off running.

Eventually, Gallegos was found hiding in a stranger’s closet after deputies followed a trail of his blood. Detectives also located a bloody shotgun they say Gallegos dumped in someone’s backyard.

The judge took all this into account when setting his bond.

“Mr. Gallegos, the allegations of this complaint are extremely serious. Your history’s extremely serious,” said Judge Daniel Ramczyk. “I find you a danger to the community. I’m going to set your bond at $100,000 cash or surety.”

According to the criminal complaint, Gallegos broke into two other homes before he was caught in the closet of a Staunton Place home.

Gallegos was wanted for the murder of Sergio Bickham. His body was found in a tunnel off I-40 near the Route 66 casino in May.

On Sunday, the Bernalillo County sheriff’s department also confirmed the chop shop arrest Saturday is in connection with the Bickham murder and the Gallegos case.

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