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Detectives want help finding armed Walgreens robber

Albuquerque police detectives need the public's help in looking for an armed man who robbed the Walgreens at 11200 Montgomery Blvd NE on Saturday.

Police said the man robbed the store at gunpoint and terrified a store employee. The robbery took place at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

The victim told police that the man robbed the store clerk at gunpoint while customers were in line to buy their merchandise.

The suspect presented cash to buy a Pepsi and then demanded cash when the clerk opened the register to complete the transaction.

The suspect also specifically demanded three packs of Pall Mall cigarettes. He then fled on foot, taking the money, the cigarettes and the Pepsi.

Witnesses last saw the man running from the store towards the Eldorado High School.

Detectives have released these still photos from the robbery in hopes of generating tips on this investigation and suspect.

FBI, APD looking for would-be bank robber



Photo: FBI surveillance image

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a woman who attempted to rob a Wells Fargo Bank branch Friday in the Northeast Heights.

The attempted robbery took place at the branch at 8333 Montgomery NE.

The suspect wore a pink UNM sweatshirt, sunglasses and dark leggings. She carried a small black purse.

Witnesses say she entered the bank at approximately 11:50 a.m., placed a small box on a teller's counter, and demanded money.

The suspect is white, in her early to mid-20s, approximately 5'4, weighs about 130 pounds, medium build, and had short, blonde hair.

The suspect fled without any money. She was last seen heading west on foot.

Accused murderer pleads not guilty

A man accused of strangling two Albuquerque men and then burning their bodies at Pajarito Mesa went before a judge Friday.

Jessie Young pleaded not guilty to the murder of Alejandro and Alfonso Garcia.

The judge kept Young's bond at $1 million - cash only.

Deputies found the men's bodies in a burned car on the Pajarito Mesa in April.

Investigators said Young and Vincente Gutierrez killed the men over a 150 dollar drug debt.

Deputies are still looking for Gutierrez. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call police.

MDC seeks public input on man's whereabouts

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center is seeking information from the public concerning the location of the 24-year-old Issac Enrique Ramirez. He may also be known as Isreal Macias.

Authorities describe him as just under six feet tall and weighing 165 lbs. with brown eyes and short brown hair. Ramirez also has distinctive tattoos including an "XG” and "Selena" on his neck, "Nuevo" on his right arm, "Mexico" and" 24/7" on his left arm and “Only God Can Judge Me” on his chest.

He was last seen wearing black shoes, blue jeans, a white T-shirt and carrying a black long sleeve T-shirt.

Couple charged with murder plead not guilty

Two people accused in a deadly Albuquerque double-shooting pleaded not guilty in court Friday.

Shalaka Booker pleaded not guilty to murder charges this morning.

A judge set her bond at $750,000 - cash only.

Her boyfriend, Alfonso Thompson, also entered a not guilty plea to his murder charges.

His bond was set at a cash only $1 million..

Police said back in April, booker lost a tooth in a fight with the victims - 26-year-old Naomi Trujillo and 25-year-old May Valerio.

Police said Booker and Thompson later returned to the victims' apartment near Lomas and Louisiana where Thompson shot both of them.

Man linked to city government drug ring arrested

At least one Albuquerque Housing Authority worker has been arrested who is linked to a possible a drug ring within city government.

Patrick Vargas was arrested Thursday morning under bribery and intimidation of a witness charges and booked into jail around 6:30 p.m.

Even though Vargas wasn't arrested for drug offenses, KOB Eyewitness News 4 sources confirm that the arrest is linked to a drug investigation.

And according to a criminal complaint, Albuquerque Police detectives suspect Patrick Vargas of selling oxycodone, steroids, heroin and cocaine. The complaint also indicates Vargas may have been doing it during work hours, and on taxpayers dime.

Vargas works as a stock keeper for the Family and Community Services Department. As many as seven Albuquerque city employees are part of the ongoing large-scale drug investigation.

 

High court reverses evidence suppression decision

The New Mexico Supreme Court has granted Attorney General Gary King's appeal to reverse a lower court's decision to suppress evidence in a 2005 Albuquerque double homicide case.

That means the key piece of evidence can now be used to link a suspect with the crime.

Former mortgage loan officer Ronald Santiago is charged with the murders of Greg and Bernadette Ohlemacher.

Santiago has twice appealed the admission of a Ruger 9mm handgun shell casing, which was found during a search of his house, which police said matched the casings found inside the Ohlemacher home.

Santiago argued for suppression on the grounds that a daytime search warrant was issued to execute a nighttime search, court documents state. And he later argued that the warrantless sweep was an unreasonable search

Former Bernalillo County District Court Judge Pat Murdoch granted those motions, a decision which prompted King to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.