News Briefs: 2 caught stealing TV on Christmas

Matthew Gomez and Ashley Roybal
Matthew Gomez and Ashley Roybal

2 caught stealing TV on Christmas

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Two grinches have admitted to robbing a home on Christmas morning.

Santa Fe police said they watched Matthew Gomez and Ashley Roybal push a stolen television out of their car. When asked about the TV, they said they didn’t want to be caught with it.

Police said the burglars would knock on doors to see if people were home before breaking and entering.

Gomez and Roybal woke up sick because they had not had heroin since the night before.

Zoo says goodbye to ocelots, ‘Beamer’

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a sad holiday at the Rio Grande Zoo. One of the ocelots named “Beamer” was euthanized Tuesday, after kidney failure.

An ocelot is a medium sized cat, primarily native to South America.

Beamer, a male, was 20-years-old and the eighth oldest ocelot in captivity. They live to be seven to 10 years in the wild.

Beamer’s mate Fireball is 22.

Pedestrian killed in Santa Fe crash ID’ed

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe police have identified the pedestrian hit and killed on Christmas Eve. They say 33-year-old Abel Martinez, of Santa Fe, was not in the crosswalk when he was hit at Cerrillos Road and Siler Road about 7:30 Wednesday night.

Police also say Martinez was in dark clothing and may have been wearing headphones.

The driver is cooperating with police and most likely won’t be charged, but the accident is under investigation.

Camper fire overnight, no injuries reported

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Fire Department was called to a camper trailer fire in Southeast Albuquerque early Friday morning. There were no injuries reported. The camper trailer fire happened near Broadway and Second Street downtown. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Couple who dumped body at Sunport will go to trial separately

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Arizona couple who allegedly dumped body at the ABQ Sunport will go to trial separately. The Daily Courier has reported that a Judge made the ruling this week. Authorities say 46-year-old Laura Stelmasek and 48-year-old Marzet Farris of Prescott drove to Albuquerque and left a van parked at the Sunport for days. Inside that van was the body of Stelmasek’s husband, Craig, a stabbing victim.

Stelmaesk and Farris were arrested in North Carolina nine days later. Farris is scheduled to go to trial in January.

PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline Thursday

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Those lucky enough to get an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 over the holiday were unable to connect their gaming consoles to the network for most of Christmas Day. A hacker group who took the PlayStation Network offline earlier this year is claiming responsibility for the attack. This does not appear to be related to the Sony Pictures hack.

There is no word yet from either company when their services will be fully restored.

Unruly passenger forces flight to land in ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Christmas night flight was forced to make an unexpected stop at the Albuquerque Sunport. The plane left Atlanta, bound for Los Angeles, but the pilot landed in Albuquerque after a passenger became unruly mid-flight.

A Sunport spokesperson told KRQE News 13 the passenger was detained and released by aviation police and will not face any charges. It is unclear what he did on the flight which forced the landing. The flight left without him and continued to Los Angeles. 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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