Teens charged with violent crimes also linked to drive-by
April 19, 2018 10:48 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – One week ago, three teenagers – 15-year-old Timothy Chavez, 16-year-old Santino Lucero and 17-year-old Anthony Gallegos – were accused of shooting a man in the face over a drug deal. Since then, Chavez and Gallegos have been tied to a homeless man's murder, allegedly using Lucero's gun.
There's yet another violent incident connected with these teens.
It started with a loud bang the night of March 5. Northwest Albuquerque residents Alicia and Bert Perea found a bullet on their living room floor and a giant hole above the fireplace where that bullet came flying into their home.
At first, they weren't sure who would have done it, until Alicia Perea saw teens driving by her home the next morning and taking photos. That's when she questioned her teenage stepson. He revealed classmates were saying Lucero shot at the family's home.
Perea said she recognized the name because her stepson had gotten into a fight with Lucero at school. She said her son was suspended and Lucero was expelled altogether. Curious, Perea began searching Lucero’s social media sites.
"I found a ton of videos of him with guns. Just pointing guns at the camera, smoking weed, selling drugs," she said.
Weeks after the drive-by shooting, Lucero joined Gallegos and Chavez in juvenile court in connection with another shooting. At the time, Lucero's mother had this to say in court.
"We go through his room and clean his room together and I know he's not in possession of a firearm or has not been in possession of a firearm," she said.
The videos Perea uncovered appear to show otherwise.
"It never crossed my mind that some of those homicides could be connected to our home being shot," she added.
Investigators say the gun Lucero appears to be holding in the videos, is the one Gallegos and Chavez used to kill a homeless man on March 18. Police claim the ballistics found at the Perea's home, also trace back to that same gun.
Perea said her stepson was just defending his sister when he got into a fistfight with Lucero.
"It's a common thing," Perea says of fistfights.
But what she said is not common, or even remotely acceptable is, "for 15-, 16- and 17-years-olds to pull out guns and start shooting people in the face and shooting people’s homes where they know there's kids inside."
As of right now, police have named all three teens as suspects in this drive-by shooting, but it's not clear if they've officially been charged. They do, however, remain in custody in connection with the other crimes.
Updated: April 19, 2018 10:48 PM
Created: April 19, 2018 10:44 PM
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