A man and a woman face an open count of murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Kenneth Perez earlier this week, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Samir Rodriguez and Frankie Esquibel were arrested Friday in connection with the shooting death of Kenneth Perez outside a Southwest Albuquerque gas station early Tuesday, spokesman Aaron Williamson said.
Rodriguez and Esquibel were taken into custody, along with another man and woman, on the 1100 block of Waldie SW, Williamson said.
The other man and woman have not been charged, and Williamson didn’t say if they will be or if they were released. He did not say how Rodriguez and Esquibel were involved in the shooting.
Deputies said Perez was shot and killed at a gas station near Blake and Coors. His girlfriend is eight months pregnant with their child, and his family described him as a “prankster” and a CNM student trying to turn his life around.
According to warrants filed in District Court on Friday, witnesses saw a red Cadillac speeding away from the scene after shots were fired.
Deputies linked the Cadillac to an acquaintance of Perez’s and started surveillance on it near Louisiana and Trumbull in Southeast Albuquerque on Tuesday.
They saw a man get out of the Cadillac carrying a black bag and get into a silver sedan, which he drove to a nearby home.
Deputies found 38 grams of a green leafy substance in the Cadillac, and six grams of a black tar substance, along with 32 oxycodone pills, in the silver car.
Two pistols and a sawed-off rifle were found in the Southeast Albuquerque home, along with three large bags of ammunition, according to the warrants.
The warrants don’t say how the items seized or the people detained are related to the homicide.
On Friday, deputies were searching a home at 1103 Waldie SW, where the four people had been detained earlier in the day. Neighbors said a woman lived there with her children, two of whom where in their 20s.
“She never gave us any trouble, it’s usually a quiet neighborhood, but I guess you never really know who lives next door,” said neighbor Brenda Madrid outside her home Friday.