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Police investigate fifth homicide in six days

Kasia Gregorczyk and J.R. Oppenheim
March 21, 2018 10:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Albuquerque Police Department has started to investigate a homicide at a motel on the West Side Wednesday afternoon.

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APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said they discovered a deceased adult man around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Econo Lodge at Coors Boulevard and Iliff Road. Drobik said an employee went entered a room at the motel to clean it, only to find the slain victim.

It's not clear how the man died, but Drobik said it was enough to determine it a full homicide call. The man had "obvious signs of trauma," Drobik said.

"As you can see, we have many, many resources here -- the same resources we've had for the last four or five days with these other four homicides we've had since Friday night," he said.

This is the fifth homicide in Albuquerque in six days, causing concerns for investigators. Drobik said detectives have two worries: onlookers accidentally getting hurt and the fact the investigations take resources away from other police work like intervention and tact plans.

"We're strapped. We're working really, really hard to solve these crimes," he said. "We're trying to keep the public safe, but we recognize that people continue to be violent toward each other and we can't run an operation to stop that."

Police ask anyone with information on the recent homicide cases to come forward. There is no indication at this point to believe the cases are connected.

Albuquerque police say these latest homicides put the total for 2018 at 17.

With just five detectives dedicated to solving homicides, the success rate in 2017 was about 53 percent. That year saw 75 homicides, meaning about 40 were solved and leaving roughly 35 from just the last year to tack onto this year's total.

"We do have five new homicide detectives that are shadowing our original five homicide detectives but it takes time to learn the procedure," Drobik said.

Police say the success rate for solving homicides so far in 2018 is about 50 percent. With numbers climbing and violence continuing, it's hard for the department to keep up.

"It's very taxing on the police department it's very taxing on the detectives," Drobik said.

Watch the video below to see Drobik's briefing with the media. For mobile users, click here.

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