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'Menace to society' arrested in Albuquerque

KOB Web Staff
November 20, 2018 05:46 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Monday night, Albuquerque police arrested a man they called a "menace to society."


Matthew Delena was wanted in connection to at least three shootings in Albuquerque over the past couple of months.

Police said all three shootings were tied to either drugs or gangs.

According to a criminal complaint, one man was shot in the head, another was murdered, in what police are calling "gang retaliation," and the third victim was paralyzed after being shot in the head.

One of the shootings also resulted in an innocent bystander being hit by a car. That person suffered a traumatic brain injury.

APD detectives were also able to track the bullets from those shootings to the same weapon.

“We were able to trace some of these guns to our NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) projects,” said Simon Drobik, an Albuquerque police public information officer. “That's basically how we trace guns and the chief and the mayor have dedicated a lot of resources to this technology which was a helping hand in getting this individual in custody.”

Police said Facebook posts and other communication with the victims led them to Delena. 

"When we picked him up tonight he was with a 13-year-old boy. Both of them had guns on them," Drobik said.

Tuesday, prosecutors requested that Delena be held in jail pending a trial. However, his case was moved from Metro Court to District Court. Delena will be held in jail as he awaits a judge's ruling on the pre-trial detention motion.


KOB Web Staff

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