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3 teens held in Albuquerque homeless killings

3 Teens Accused Of Killing Homeless Men

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Three teenagers ganged up on two homeless men and fatally beat them before leaving their bodies nearly unrecognizable, Albuquerque police said Sunday.

Alex Rios, 18, and two boys, ages 16 and 15, are being held in Bernalillo County detention facilities a day after allegedly killing the victims in an open field, police spokesman Simon Drobik said.

A criminal complaint filed by police says Rios has been charged with two counts each of murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree felony and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He also faces three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count each of tampering with evidence and robbery.

The younger boys will likely be charged with murder as adults, Drobik said. The Associated Press is withholding their names because of their age.

"I personally, after reading that complaint, was sick to my stomach because of the nature of the violence and the age of the offenders," Drobik said.

Teens Accused Of Killing Homeless Men

Officers responded Saturday around 8 a.m. to a 911 call reporting two bodies in a field. They found one victim lying on a mattress and another lying on the ground. Jerome Eskeets, a third victim who said he was able to flee, was hospitalized for his injuries.

Eskeets told police that he recognized one of the "kids" hitting and kicking him as someone who lived in a house nearby. Police went to the home and found the three suspects, according to the complaint. The homeowner identified the 15 and 16-year-old as his children and Rios as a friend who had spent the night.

Investigators say in the complaint that blood on the waist band of 15-year-old's shorts triggered further investigating and interviews with all three.

Rios told investigators he acted as a lookout while the other boys attacked both men with bricks, sticks and a metal fence pole. He said the victims were struck all over, including in the face and chest.

The younger suspects, however, told police that Rios also took part in the attacks. Both boys said they wanted to look for someone to beat up and possibly rob.

Both describe how all three covered their faces with black T-shirts before walking over to the victims, who were lying down. Then the trio allegedly used various objects to attack the men, including cinder blocks. According to the 15-year-old, they all took turns picking up cinder blocks over their heads and smashing them into the men's faces more than 10 times.

The suspects said after the attack, they took one victim's driver's license and debit card. The license was found in the teens' home, police said.

According to the 15-year-old, all three have previously attacked homeless people around Albuquerque. Police are now going to look into open cases involving attacks on transients to see if they are related, Drobik said.

Meanwhile, investigators have not yet officially confirmed the identities of the two victims. Their transient background and the severity of their injuries have made identifying them somewhat difficult, Drobik said.

The department is asking anyone in the homeless community with information to get in touch with them. Drobik said any transients uncomfortable approaching police can also contact them through any social service agency.

"Just please come forward," Drobik said.

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greatbirdusa July 21 2014 at 8:26 AM

What no guns...??
Looks like bricks,
iron polls,
hands and feet
all must be banned
or strongly regulated.
MAYBE even have
Brick, polls,
hands & feet "Free Zones"..!

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tmccull52 July 21 2014 at 7:19 AM

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Three teenagers ganged up on two homeless men and fatally beat them before leaving their bodies nearly unrecognizable, Albuquerque police said Sunday."

Okay, all of you Libby Lefties out there. Let's hear about how society has let these three poor young men down. These animals, and that is exactly what they are... animals... have records of previously attacking homeless people, and two of them freely admitting to smashing their victims' heads in with cinderblocks. These are three vicious bastards who went out looking to beat someone within an inch of their lives. Robbery was a secondary motivating factor; they specifically wanted to maliciously harm another human being.

Please, tell me how rehabilitation is going to redeem these beasts,a nd how we can look forward to them returning to society as productive citizens. The best rehabilitation for these thugs is a .45 hollowpoint strategically fired just behind the left ear.

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albatroll July 21 2014 at 7:42 AM

Are they illegals? Were their parents illegals? This is what we get when the royal ******* in the Black House gives amnesty.

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dremel395 July 21 2014 at 8:13 AM

If/when found guilty, don't waste jail space or taxpayer money. Remove them from the gene pool the next day.

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plewdawg July 21 2014 at 7:14 AM

Gang initiation. Wait until the southern cousins get here.

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aaldrew July 21 2014 at 8:00 AM

Hang 'em.

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mickylitz2 July 21 2014 at 8:03 AM

Give them the chair..Enough with piddling around with these little monsters, maybe then the others may get the message .

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croshatch mickylitz2 July 21 2014 at 9:28 AM

We already execute people. Perpetrators like these NEVER get the message. They always think they'll never get caught.

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mociambz croshatch July 21 2014 at 10:13 AM

if we killed them right away it would stop them but liberals hug them for years first

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FlyerHockeyPride mickylitz2 July 21 2014 at 10:32 AM

JUICE THE LITTLE PRICKS and broadcast it on PPV and donate the proceeds to those affected directly by these scumbags' actions! Bring back the electric chair and start frying these scumbags! That'll stop 'em quick! It did in the past and we can always go back to what worked before! :-)

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Rich July 21 2014 at 7:48 AM

Good thing they didn't have guns. Oops, the victims are still dead.

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johnolexa Rich July 21 2014 at 9:17 AM

I wish one of the poor homeless souls had a gun though!

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billybuttlooker Rich July 21 2014 at 10:07 AM


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andrewroederer billybuttlooker July 21 2014 at 12:31 PM

Don't call anybody stupid with that comment that you made. You forgot the "you" and plus a period at the end or "!"

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ranger197172 July 21 2014 at 7:42 AM

No mention of whether they are here legally or not.

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vietnamvet1967 July 21 2014 at 7:26 AM

NOW come the EXCUSES of why they did it

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