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Albuquerque Police Department makes arrests on warrants in September 2023 operation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police Department officers arrested 121 people and authorized 105 felony warrants during a four-day operation. The department said it was focusing on arresting those with warrants to reduce crime in “critical areas”.

The list of suspects with felony arrest warrants has grown to about 500 people, according to the department. The action liquidated 105 of those warrants. APD said the suspect list is “dynamic” and said it “can grow or shrink as suspects are arrested and new felony warrants are issued for other suspects.”

The Police Department intends to crack down hard on repeat offenders through such operations. APD said two suspects in the shooting death of 11-year-old Froyland Villegas had arrest warrants before the shooting:

  • “Jose Romero had an outstanding warrant from 2020 for possession of a controlled substance and operating a vehicle while an emergency vehicle was approaching.”
  • “Nathen Garley had a warrant out for his arrest in 2002 for unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon.”

Chief Harold Medina said of the crime issue, “It’s clear that criminals believe there will be no consequences for their actions and that they can get away with murder. It’s time for them to know that APD will arrest them, They will be held accountable for breaking the law and putting our communities at risk.”

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