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Three arrested after standoff involved in ID theft ring, APD says

Kasia Gregorczyk
May 19, 2017 06:21 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Following a SWAT situation between APD and three felony suspects Tuesday morning in northwest Albuquerque, police say the trio was involved in a fraud and identity theft ring.

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According to arrest warrants, 42-year-old Christina Torrez was linked to obtaining multiple loans worth thousands of dollars using other's identities. Anthony Cordova, 52, was charged with unlawful altering or forging of a driver’s license.

Shawn Torrez, 39, is accused of stealing a Rio Rancho man's identity, making several credit card purchases and writing checks under a false identity totaling nearly 3,000 in fall of 2016.

In January, Shawn Torrez wrote a letter to an Albuquerque judge asking for his arrest warrants to be quashed. He stated he was living in Arizona, where he has recently been released from jail.

"I'm standing up like a man and taking the right path for once in my life," he wrote. "I'm tired of being a coward and always doing things the easy way."

On Tuesday, Albuquerque officers caught up with all three suspects at a home in northwest Albuquerque where three children under the age of 10 were also inside.  Christina Torrez and Anthony Cordova were taken into custody immediately, but Shawn Torrez took some work.

According to a criminal complaint, SWAT officers announced themselves and "immediately after the announcements were made, shots were fired." Officers sent in a bomb robot when they say Torrez "shot three rounds at the robot, causing damage over $1,000".

In addition to the fraud, Shawn Torrez is now charged with aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and abuse of a child. He's been placed on a no bond hold, while Christina Torrez and Cordova have since bonded out of jail.

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