Man arrested, charged for October murder
December 04, 2018 12:09 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Albuquerque Police arrested a homicide suspect Monday night.
37-year-old Javier Ponce has been charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.
According to a criminal complaint, officers were called to the area of Coors and Central late Oct. 26 after a man was shot. That man, Nicholas Mendoza, later died at the hospital.
Witnesses described seeing another man running away from the scene. They told police it all started when Nicholas went to a neighboring apartment to confront the occupants about breaking into his sister’s apartment on a previous occasion.
Witnesses told officers that Mendoza was shot twice by a man known as “Califas.”
Police were able to positively identify “Califas” as Javier Ponce through a photo array.
They were able to locate Ponce Monday night and arrest and question him.
According to the complaint, Ponce told detectives that Mendoza came into the apartment waving his gun around. He told officers he shot him once in the chest and then took off.
Police say no firearms were located at the scene.
Updated: December 04, 2018 12:09 PM
Created: December 04, 2018 09:32 AM
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