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BCSO: Convicted murderer fights deputies during DWI stop

Edgar Rios, 30 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A teen killer is behind bars again after deputies say he spit blood on them, and tried to bite them, while his two-year-old son watched from the car Sunday night.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, a drunk driver tip hotline, Drunk Busters, led deputies to a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Edgar Rios.

Rios made headlines in 2004 when he was convicted at the age of 17 of stabbing a Placitas drug dealer to death.

When deputies stopped Rios in southwest Albuquerque around 11 p.m., they say he smelled of marijuana and alcohol.

Rios was uncooperative from the beginning, rolling up the windows and not following orders, according to the complaint.

“He placed his hand on the vehicle’s shifter which led me to believe he was going to attempt to leave the scene, and possible ram or run over deputies with his vehicle,” a deputy wrote.

Rios’ two-year-old son sat unbuckled in the car during the whole ordeal, according to the complaint.

Deputies say when they tried to remove Rios from the car he “immediately” began to fight with them.

“I was kicked, then punched in my testicles,” a deputy wrote in the complaint.

Deputies say Rios also spit blood on them while yelling that he “had Aids,” and tried to bite them, before being arrested.

Rio is charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a police officer and aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon in addition to one count of child abuse.

A judge ordered Rios to be released on his own recognizance Tuesday.

Back in 2004 a judge sentenced Rios to 3 1/2 years in the New Mexico Boy’s School for stabbing 47-year-old Jerry Lopez, a Placitas drug dealer, to death.

A 16-year-old Rios stabbed Lopez 34 times, while is cousin Jaime Ruiz shot Lopez three times, in Sept. 2003.

A jury convicted Rios of a slew of charges, including second-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated burglary.

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