Arrest made in Valencia County shooting deaths of father, daughter
Posted at: 09/10/2013 11:28 AM
| Updated at: 09/10/2013 6:52 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
JARALES, N.M. -- Valencia County sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in the shooting deaths of a man and his daughter over the weekend.
Jordan Hurd, 18, was arrested early Tuesday at a Los Lunas fast food restaurant. He has been charged with two counts of murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery and conspiracy.
As he was taken to the Valencia County Jail in handcuffs, Hurd told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that he has no idea why deputies arrested him.
“I didn't know the family. I wasn't there. No, it wasn't me. I have no idea. This is the first time I've heard of it,” Hurd said.
Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard said 49-year-old Patricia Hobbs – the lone survivor of the shooting – identified Hurd in an interview with deputies on Monday. She was treated and released from the hospital.
Burkhard said Hurd and as many as two more people – who have not yet been identified or located – went to the Hobbs family home to steal methamphetamine.
Early Saturday, deputies responded to the scene of a triple shooting at a home on Jarales Road. Wesley Hobbs, 54, died from a gunshot wound to the head. His daughter, 24-year-old Amanda Hobbs, died the next day from the same injury.
Neighbors who live near the home said they’ve been on edge since the shooting. They said Hurd’s arrest brings them relief as they struggle to understand why anyone would shoot a family.
“I don't have any words! It's, it's something that-- you find no words. It's too horrific,” Leroy Chavez said.
Hobbs has a history with law enforcement. Since his 18th birthday in March, he’s faced charges of drug paraphernalia possession, deadly weapon possession, and breaking and entering.
Coincidentally, Hurd voluntarily appeared in a Valencia County courtroom on Monday, on a separate breaking and entering charge, just hours before he was arrested in the murder case.
Sheriff’s deputies said they cannot characterize Hurd’s state of mind for making such a bold move, but said he was not a general threat to the public.
“There’s no logic to any type of horrendous crime, shooting an entire family,” Valencia County Sgt. Don Derrick said.