ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – They’re accused of carjacking someone, running from police, and killing a man in the process. Now an Albuquerque woman says these teens have done this before — to her.
“I was just confused at first. I was just like, is this really happening?” said Olivia Sheehan.
Sheehan quickly realized she was getting carjacked.
“That’s when he walked up with a gun and said, ‘Give me your keys,'” she said.
Sheehan says it happened two weeks ago when two young men approached her at her apartment near Tramway and Indian School.
She says Matthew Nieto was the driver of the car that pulled up next to her, and Quontez Kuvinka pointed a gun at her face.
During her interaction with Kuvinka, she said he tried to show her some sympathy.
“He was like, ‘I’m sorry,'” said Sheehan. “I just looked at him and I was like, did you really say sorry after you just robbed me?”
When Sheehan saw both Nieto and Kuvinka were involved in a recent carjacking that led to the death of D’Markus Blea, she knew she had to speak up.
“A kid literally died because of this and I’m trying to help make sure that these kids don’t get to do that again,” she said.
Thursday, both suspects appeared before a judge to see if they would be held while waiting for trial.
Kuvinka’s lawyer argued he was just an innocent bystander during this weekend’s carjacking, even blaming the driver, Dominic Rougemont.
“The things that happened are tragic, but that’s the fault of Dominic in driving and not stopping for police,” said Kuvinka’s attorney.
However, Judge Christina Argyres didn’t buy it.
“They want me to release him. I’m not sure that’s the best thing to do at this time,” said Judge Argyres.
It’s an outcome Sheehan is pleased with.
“I’m glad she didn’t release him because they’re trying to say he wasn’t involved in this and it wasn’t his doing, but he has been responsible for multiple things,” she said.
Luckily for Sheehan, she got her car back only a few hours after it was taken from her. She says the teens managed to put more than 200 miles on her car. It was found near Montgomery and Carlisle.
Matthew Nieto’s hearing was delayed. He will see a judge on Monday to see if he will be held until trial.
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