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APD: Teenagers committing more violent crimes

Megan Abundis
September 18, 2018 06:36 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New homicide data released Tuesday is giving insight into how the Albuquerque Police Department is handling the cases.

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So far, there have been 52 non-justified homicides in 2018. At this time last year, there were 54 non-justified homicides.

Despite the drop in homicides, police say they are seeing more teenagers committing violent crimes.

"What we are seeing is these younger offenders are almost exclusively networked and associated with gangs in the city of Albuquerque," said Lt. David Jaramillo, APD Special Investigations.

There are more than 250 gangs in Albuquerque, but APD says it's getting harder to identify who is a gang member.

"These youthful offenders are a problem," said APD Sgt. Dennis Tafoya. "They make it more difficult for us to investigate them and some of the requirements that guide our investigations."

They say they are working better with Albuquerque Public Schools, Children Youth and Families Department and school resource officers to solve juvenile cases.

"Social media is a huge aspect of that," said detective Kelsey Lueckenhoff. "What can they show on social media that's going to get a lot of likes, views, and unfortunately that pertains to a lot to violence, guns, drugs, and being associated with gangs."

Police say almost every juvenile involved in a violent crime remains in custody until their case is heard. Police say they will be providing specific numbers surrounding teenage crimes at the end of the year.

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