ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two brothers are behind bars tonight after a group of teens said the two tried to rob them at gunpoint.
Three 15-year-olds tell police they were held up by Eric and Bryan Flores, with the two brothers pointing what looked like an AK-47 and a handgun at them.
According to a criminal complaint, it happened Thursday near Old Coors and bridge at the Alamosa Skate Park.
The teens told officers the brothers jumped out of a van and told the boys empty their pockets. When the teens said they didn’t have anything, they said Eric and Bryan pointed the guns at them, so they ran.
When police arrived on-scene, the teens pointed out the van, which was still in the area.
Officers then saw three people running from it. Police quickly caught up with the two brothers and a 17-year-old girl, who was also in the stolen van during the incident.
Bryan told police his brother Eric was trying to sell marijuana to the teens and that he jumped out of with a stick because he thought the teens were going to fight Eric.
Eric was too quote “intoxicated” to be interview by officers, having smoked heroin.
A BB gun was found at skatepark but no AK-47.
The two appeared in court today.
“Conditions of release, you are not to possess firearms or dangerous weapons. You are not to return to the location of the alleged incident, not to possess alcohol or any other illegal substances. No violations of any laws,” Judge Edward Benavidez said.
Judge Benavidez set Eric’s bond at $25,000 cash only. Meanwhile, Bryan’s bond was set at $2,500 cash only.
Eric has a stacking history of arrests for stealing cars, and for that reason, in court today, Judge Edward Benavidez chose not to follow a recommendation to release Eric and his brother without bond.
“I think I am obligated to safeguard the community and I am going to set a bond as part of his conditions of release He’ll have some other conditions he has to comply with,” Judge Benavidez said during Bryan’s arraignment Saturday morning.
Eric’s wanted for a carjacking out of Washington State.
In late October, Eric and a 17-year-old girl were accused of carjacking someone in Albuquerque. The car was tracked by GPS to a home just a mile away from the Alamosa skate park.
Eric was arrested for that and the state filed a motion to keep him locked up until trail, but a district court judge denied the motion, saying the state couldn’t prove he was a danger to the public.
A district court judge then released him without bond on that case.