Albuquerque police arrest 3 teens for carjacking spree

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police arrested three teens who now face multiple charges for several armed carjackings Tuesday in southwest Albuquerque.

Malachi Crockett, 18, Marc Griego, 17, and Jesus Alvidrez-Luna, 17, were arrested and charged by police.

Investigators say it began near a park, west of Unser and Tower, around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. A group of young, armed men allegedly carjacked a white car.

Then, a woman driving her truck near Westgate Community Park saw two men exit the white car and carjack someone in their SUV. The white car then chased her truck down and cornered her.

As two men from the white car reportedly came toward her truck, she crashed into another truck, then took off toward a side street. She told police an SUV came at her before crashing. Then, people exited the SUV with guns drawn toward her.

The woman said she turned around and sped down the street, with the white car chasing her. Then, her truck wrecked into a home. She ran to safety and reported the incident to a police officer.

Police responded to the area near the Westgate Community Park. They found an unoccupied SUV crashed into a wall outside of a home and a garage with bullet holes in the door. Near there, police found a crashed truck and another home hit with bullets.

The last carjacking happened along Gibson, between Snow Vista Boulevard and Unser. A white Nissan with a flat tire cornered a woman’s red Chevrolet at the intersection. The woman exited her car, keys on hand and prepared to help the people in the white car. Then, three armed men exited the car and ordered her to drop the keys.

The three people took off in the white car and the red Chevrolet.

Police later found the red Chevrolet traveling eastbound on Central near 47th and began chasing it. They turned at Atrisco and went south, beyond Bridge Boulevard. Then, the pursuit ended near Atrisco and Aragon where the car crashed.

Police detained four people. One of them was released but the other three were arrested.

Crockett, Griego, and Alvidrez-Luna have all been charged with three counts of armed robbery, and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Crockett will make his first court appearance Thursday at 1:30 p.m.