DA announces grand jury indictment of 15 street gang members
March 29, 2017 06:15 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez announced Wednesday that a Bernalillo County grand jury has indicted 15 defendants on counts including racketeering, auto and residential burglary, gun thefts and extreme cruelty to animals.
Torrez said in a statement that the charges stem "from a violent crime spree where neighborhoods were terrorized by gang members who encouraged minors to participate in their crimes. "
Torrez said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State Police worked together with his office to tie these defendants to one another. In all there were 52 separate cases investigated, Torrez said.
"Modeled after federal law, designed to take down and dismantle organized crime and major drug trafficking organizations, the use of New Mexico’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute in this case should be taken as a clear an unequivocal sign that the Bernalillo Counties District Attorney’s Office intends to use any and every available tool to take down any and all violent gangs operating in this jurisdiction," Torrez said.
Authorities have the following suspects in custody:
- Dominic Marciano Jiminez
- Daniel Lee Sandoval
- Reymundo Tilo Lucero
- Duwin Raul Perez-Cordova
- Santiago Christopher Benavidez
- Aaron Michael Sanchez
- Paul Max Martinez
- Anthony Ray Serna
- Eligius Joshua Montano
Police are still looking for these suspects:
- Esteban Garcia
- Renee Ortega
- Adan Perez-Macias
- Kevin Michael Golladay
- Carlos Ernesto Zuniga
- Jamil William Lewis
"From a public safety perspective, you're taking about 15 individuals who had committed many crimes. these are the only ones that have been identified," Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales said. "There's probably numerous other cases, so this is significant because they were very active."
Torrez made the announcement via a YouTube video supplied by his office. The video is posted below. For mobile users, click here.
Updated: March 29, 2017 06:15 PM
Created: March 29, 2017 01:11 PM
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