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State Police investigate double homicide in Las Vegas

State Police investigate double homicide in Las Vegas

KOB Web Staff
Updated: November 09, 2020 06:20 PM
Created: November 08, 2020 11:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —State Police are investigating a homicide Sunday night that occurred at 409 Peggy Lane in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

A State Police spokesman said the incident started when the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an armed male at the Peggy Lane residence.

SMCSO deputies were able to locate the armed subject, who barricaded himself inside the residence and fired at deputies as they were performing a welfare check. He was later identified as 23-year-old Alejandro Alirez. Deputies also learned there were two other individuals inside the resident with the suspect.

The New Mexico State Police Tactical Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were called to assist SMCSO. The team was able to contact the individual and negotiate a peaceful surrender. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

During the standoff, Las Vegas Police Department agents notified SMCSO and State Police that  Alirez was livestreaming the incident. Agents observed Alirez walking around inside the residence with a handgun and shooting 33-year-old Cristal Cervantes, who was inside the residence with Alirez.  State Police has obtained a search warrant to review the livestream on Facebook.

After searching the resident, officers located two deceased victims with apparent gunshot wounds. In addition to Cristal Cervantes, police also identified Victor Cervantes, 89. The two resided at the residence at Peggy Lane.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate this homicide at the request of SMCSO. 

Alirez has been charged with two open counts of murder in the 1st degree, four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, and shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied building.

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