News Briefs: Saturday, September 20, 2014

APD stabbing investigation
Police are investigating a stabbing that sent one man to an Albuquerque hospital in critical condition

KRQE News Briefs for Saturday September 20, 2014.

APD investigates stabbing in SE ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man is in critical condition after he was stabbed in southeast Albuquerque Saturday. The Albuquerque Police Department is on scene investigating the incident on Kathryn and San Mateo.

Police say that the victim was transported to UNMH and is listed in critical condition. The scene is still active and information is limited at this time.

2 arrested in child predator sting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 51-year-old man was one of two men arrested this week and charged with asking a child for sex online. Police say Victor Castellon thought he was chatting with a 12-year-old girl when he asked if she would meet up to have sex.

According to a criminal complaint, he would come face to face with detectives instead. Saturday a judge learned the 51-year-old has faced similar charges before and raised his $5,000 bond.

Christopher Trujillo, 34, also faced a judge for the same charge. Police say he offered to buy, who he thought was a 12-year-old girl, snack cakes in exchange for sex.

Man killed in rollover crash

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – One man is dead after a crash in San Miguel County. The crash happened Friday just before 2:00 p.m. near Conchas, New Mexico.

State police say Robben Johnson from Albuquerque lost control of his car and flipped it. The car ended up on its roof. His passenger, 59 year-old David Burton, from Conchas Dam, died.

Authorities say speed and alcohol could have contributed to the crash.

Environmentalists rally in downtown ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Nearly 400 environmentalists rallied in downtown Albuquerque on Saturday calling for immediate action against climate change. It was a local extension of a national march.

Sunday, a giant climate march in New York City is scheduled to take place. Organizers are demanding serious action from the UN in hopes of seeing changes here in New Mexico.

The UN will meet next Tuesday in New York for their annual climate summit. That’s where leaders from 125 countries meet to talk about issues like reducing emissions, and global sustainability efforts.

Animal Shelter trying to reunite tortoise with owner

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The search is on for the owner of a wayward tortoise. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is looking for the owner.

He was picked up as a stray Friday afternoon in a neighborhood off Saint Francis drive near the De Vargas Center.

If you have information, call the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.

New Mexico celebrates Oktoberfest

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Some 100 visitors are celebrating one of Germany’s most famous festivals here in New Mexico. It’s Rio Rancho’s version of Oktoberfest.

The Munich Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday in the Bavaria capital and it never starts without beer.

Saturday at Haynes Park festival goers of course did the same but others showed up to carry on traditions.

There are several Oktoberfest celebrations in New Mexico including festivals in Ruidoso and Angel Fire.

RRPD: Man threatened to start shooting if police didn’t respond

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A man threatening to shoot people prompted a police situation at a Rio Rancho Walmart on Saturday. Rio Rancho police say officers were dispatched at 12:45 p.m. on reports of a man with a rifle saying that he wanted police to respond or he would start shooting.

Police responded and locked down the store and surrounding area. Police say they could not find a suspect but during their investigation they were notified of a possible domestic dispute between a man and a woman. According to police, the man was armed with a handgun and demanded the woman to get into a vehicle. The vehicle left a short time later. Rio Rancho police are investigating that incident.

At this time the area is open to the public. Officers are following up to determine if a crime was committed and find out the facts if there was a crime.

Man pulls out hatchet on police

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say a man came at officers with a hatchet. It happened Wednesday at the Circle-K on Central and Western Skies.

The Albuquerque Police Department says 28-year old Alejandro Silva stole from the store. When the officers arrived on their bikes he allegedly pulled out a hatchet and raised it above his head but he ran off when officers pulled out their guns.

Police caught up with him after he fell into a bush. He was arrested and is now charged with aggravated battery on a police officer.

Police: FedEx man cons victim out of $300K

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A FedEx employee was shipped off to jail after police say he conned a man into giving him more than $300,000. Police say John Meister was working in Gallup when he asked a man to give him money to flip a home and told him he’d split the profits.

The AG’s office says the man continued to give Meister money for investment opportunities but never made a profit. The man told investigators he trusted Meister because he worked at FedEx.

Meister is facing a long list of charges including money laundering, fraud and racketeering.

Carlsbad Caverns scenic road closed 

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlsbad Caverns still has closures Saturday after strong rains forced the park to close Friday. The 9-mile scenic loop road is closed due to weather damage.

The road will reopen as soon as weather permits and roads safe to drive on. The scenic road doesn’t affect access to the visitor center or the cave. 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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