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Authorities capture, name suspect from Taylor Ranch manhunt

Updated: 08/21/2014 7:25 AM | Created: 08/20/2014 2:18 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com and Blair Miller, KOB.com

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, Albuquerque Police Department and Homeland Security captured the suspect they were searching for in Taylor Ranch Wednesday afternoon.

BCSO identified the suspect as Alex Trinidad Gallegos.

Gallegos is a suspect in the May 10 homicide of Sergio Bickham, according to BCSO.

He was apprehended at a home on the 7500 block of Staunton Place NW, off Taylor Ranch.

According to BCSO, Gallegos is currently in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound he sustained in a shootout with authorities earlier Wednesday.

The sheriff's office says he tried to break into four homes, but was only able to get into two. One homeowner allegedly let him inside her home because he told her he had a gunshot wound.

When she went to call for help, Gallegos was gone. According to BCSO, he fled the woman's home and broke into another empty house, where deputies found him hiding in a closet.

APD officers found the 41-year-old Bickham dead in a tunnel near I-40 and the Route 66 Casino on May 10.

Officers arrested 41-year-old Warren Esquirell in connection with the murder the week of June 5. Esquirell's criminal complaint said three men carjacked and kidnapped Bickham at a nearby Valero gas station.

Esquirell confessed to being part of Bickham's kidnapping, but not the homicide.

The subject of Wednesday's search was allegedly one of two men, aside from Esquirell, who were seen on surveillance footage of the crime.

BCSO confirmed gunfire was exchanged Wednesday with a homicide suspect--believed to be one of the men--near Taylor Ranch and Golf Course.

It is unclear at this time which agency fired the shots.

Chamiza Elementary School, LBJ Middle School and Marie Hughes Elementary School were placed on lockdown because of the nearby exchange. The lockdowns were lifted by 5 p.m.

Alex Trinidad Gallegos
News Chopper 4 footage of Gallegos capture
News Chopper 4 footage of Gallegos capture
Families waiting to pick up kids outside LBJ Middle School during lockdown.
Photo: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

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