Suspects in recent Albuquerque homicides arrested

Yoan Santisteban and Gloria Chavez
Yoan Santisteban and Gloria Chavez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (KRQE) – Matthew Severinghaus, 25, was killed in his driveway on Cedarbrook last Friday. Police are now confirming he was robbed and randomly targeted.

“This is scary. This is not something you see everyday. It’s definitely not something you want to see in Albuquerque. We’re happy these two are off the streets,” said Fred Duran with Albuquerque Police.

Tuesday, State Police in Santa Rosa pulled over Yoan Santiesteban and his girlfriend Gloria Chavez. The two were driving a stolen white Nissan.

Police say the stolen car belonged to the duo’s first victim, 44-year-old Samir Al-Abboudy. He was shot to death at the Days Inn on Menaul.

The couple told police they robbed him and then killed him for no reason.

A week after that, the couple told detectives they went to buy meth from a man near Wyoming and Zuni.

Chavez says when the deal went south, her boyfriend started shooting and hit 27-year-old Celina Arrellanes who was in the car. She died a few days later.

According to investigators, two days after that is when Severinghaus was shot in his driveway. Police say the couple planned to rob Severinghaus so they blocked his car in as he was leaving.

“Initially they had stated that they were going to rob these people. There may be more but we just don’t know yet,” said Fred Duran.

KRQE News 13 did speak with Severinghaus’s sister. She says they just found out Thursday about the arrest.

She says although this has brought some closure, the family is still in shock that these two are linked to two other homicides. 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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