ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say five people have been arrested after the December 2015 shooting that left a 20-year-old Albuquerque man dead. APD says they’ve determined the death was part of a drug deal gone bad.
It happened on December 11 in the 1100 block of Blazick Street SW. Police say officers were dispatched to the scene where they found 20-year-old Joshua Garcia with a gunshot wound to the chest. Garcia was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Albuquerque Police say during their investigation they found 16-year-old Carl Mather. Mather said that on the day of the shooting, he contacted Garcia because he owed Mather money for heroin. Mather was going to meet with Garcia to get the money but when he arrived, Mather said that Garcia and a group of boys attacked him.
Mather said the boys beat him with metal pipes and bats as he tried to get his gun to defend himself. He fired one shot and fled the scene but was later located by APD detectives.
Police say the boys who attacked Mather were arrested Wednesday. Derek Muniz, Jauquin Portillo, Ivan Veleta, Eyzea Zamora were booked on the following charges, Attempt to commit a violent felony, Aggravated battery great bodily harm, Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault with the intent to commit a violent felony and Conspiracy.
UPDATE: Police also arrested 21-year-old Ricardo Mones for the same charges.
Warrants have been obtained for 18-year-old Raymond Prieto, 21-year-old Esmeralda Chavez, and 17-year-old Jose Barron. Jeremiah Abalos, 16, is also being sought. Police say to contact them with any information on these people.
APD says more arrests are expected in this case.