Two young men are behind bars after police said they robbed a man at gunpoint, then tried to get the victim to buy them alcohol.
Carlos Saucedo, 18, and Yrau Vela, 20, were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and kidnapping, according to court and jail records.
Saucedo, Vela and another young man who hasn’t been identified allegedly approached the victim as he was walking north on Rhode Island toward Central at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
They held him at gunpoint and robbed him of $12 and his cellphone, according to a criminal complaint.
The victim told police that the young men forced him to the Circle K convenience store at Pennsylvania and Central, where he was to buy them liquor. However, the store was closed, so the robbers forced the victim to walk seven blocks at gunpoint to Wyoming and Central to try to buy alcohol at the Circle K there.
The victim told police he saw patrol cars drive by, but his kidnappers told him if he tried to signal law enforcement they would shoot him, according to court documents.
The convenience store at Wyoming and Central was also closed, and the victim was released. He went to a nearby fast food restaurant and called police.
An Albuquerque police officer quickly spotted Saucedo, and he was arrested. In an interview with a detective, Saucedo said Vela made him commit the robbery, according to the criminal complaint.
Vela was arrested on Wednesday, jail records show.