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APD releasing few details about man's death

Updated: 11/19/2013 10:48 PM | Created: 11/19/2013 10:23 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

More than 12 hours after the initial 911 call, Albuquerque Police are still not releasing a lot of information on an incident that led to a man’s death.

Police say several people tried to break into an apartment at 7801 Marble Avenue this morning.

Tonight, police say all the people involved knew each other.

But it’s not clear who was hurt – the people trying to break in or those living in the apartment.

APD describes the case, and the scene near Lomas and Pennsylvania, as “fairly complicated.”

The crime tape went up Tuesday morning at The Pines apartment complex.

For some, it wasn’t a surprise.

"It's nothing new to hear it around here," said one tenant.

But others are taken aback by the scene.

“Oh my goodness,” said a man who lives nearby. “This is a quiet neighborhood.

Oh, my gosh.”

APD got a 911 call at 9:40 a.m.

The caller said four men and possibly some females were trying to break into an apartment through the bathroom window.

When officers got to the scene, they found a man bleeding.

He was taken to the hospital but died during surgery.

“At this point the cause of the trauma is still under investigation,” said APD spokesperson Tasia Martinez.

"That's a terrible thing to be happening in our town," said one woman who lives at the apartment complex.

Emergency responders took another man with a “bump on his head” to the hospital.

His condition isn’t known.

Police aren’t saying if the two men injured were breaking into the apartment or if they lived there.

Undercover officers spoke with at least five witnesses at the scene.

Officers led one man away in handcuffs in the morning.

Later in the afternoon, a woman showed up fearing her boyfriend may have been hurt or killed.

Police then led a young man out of the complex in handcuffs.

A short time later, another young man dressed in some sort of white suit was led away in cuffs as well.

APD isn’t saying if anyone’s been arrested.

"Coming to something like this I was like: what's going on around here,” questioned one resident. “I'm pretty surprised it came to the neighborhood. Never seen something like this."

UPDATE: Shortly after our story aired, APD informed KOB that the man who suffered head trauma has no brain activity and is not expected to survive. Additionally, police have taken two people into custody. Devin Dominguez and Michael Strickland are being booked into MDC and are facing charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Felony charges will be amended should the victim passes away.


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