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APD arrests man at scene of death investigation on other charges

Jared Petersen, 35 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Although detectives are still investigating the death of a 38-year-old man in his northeast Albuquerque home Saturday, they arrested another man living in the house on unrelated charges.

Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said police were called to the house on the 7200 block of Constitution NE, east of Louisiana NE, Saturday night by a caller reporting a roommate had shot himself.

However, when they arrived they thought the death appeared to be suspicious. APD’s bomb squad was called in and cleared the scene after police learned the home might have been booby trapped.

That’s when police spotted Jared Petersen, 35, and realized he was wanted on other charges.

Petersen is charged with aggravated assault on a household member and was booked into the county jail. His name is also spelled Jared Peterson in online jail records.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, last week his girlfriend told police he had threatened her with a “battle ax” because he was worried she was going to leave him.

Drobik said he didn’t know if Petersen had been the one to call police about the death. He said police are not ready to release the dead man’s name and the Office of the Medical Investigator will determine how he died.