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Robber shot dead, another in custody in home invasion, police say

Isaiah Marquez, 25 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When three men tried to rob a Southeast Albuquerque home Saturday night, police say the homeowner unloaded a pistol on them, leaving one dead, one behind bars and another on the run.

Isaiah Marquez, 25, also known as “Wisdom,” was taken into custody Thursday night and is charged with aggravated burglary, conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

For his accomplice in the home invasion, Juan Perdomo, 20, the outcome was much worse. Perdomo was pronounced dead at a hospital after being shot three times by the homeowner.

A third suspect, Filberto Romero Jr., also known as “Kirby,” is still on the run. No warrant has been filed for his arrest yet.

Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said anyone who is harboring, or helping, Romero Jr. will end up in cuffs too and police will pursue violent offenders in “full force” with “every resource” at their disposal.

“There’s zero tolerance for crime in this city and we’re coming after you,” he said. “Especially after putting a loaded gun in a grandmother’s face.”

According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Metropolitan Court, officers were dispatched to a shooting on the 2110 block of Elm SE, near Gibson and I-25, around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

When they got there they learned a man, later identified as Billy Ogaldez, shot at three men who knocked on their door and held his grandmother at gunpoint.

Police say the three men—identified as Isaiah Marquez, Juan Perdomo and Filbert Romero Jr.—fled the home.

According to the complaint, Romero Jr. left in a car while Marquez and Perdomo fled on foot.

Soon after the shooting, police say a witness who lives down the block heard voices outside his house and found Marquez and Perdomo in the street.

The man told police he heard Marquez say “come on, come on, you can make it, let’s go” and Perdomo replying that “he couldn’t make it.”

Police say Marquez told the man his friend had been shot before fleeing “leaving his buddy behind.”

According to the complaint, the witness called police and talked to Perdomo to “keep him conscious” until an ambulance arrived.

Perdomo was pronounced dead at the hospital, having been shot in the hand once and twice in the back.

According to the complaint, police questioned some of Perdomo’s family and friends who showed up, and were causing a disturbance, at the hospital.

Perdomo’s girlfriend told police Marquez is a gang member, who is “bad news” and his cousin told police Perdomo was “probably” trying to rob someone for money to buy heroin and “get well.”

Romero Jr. criminal record shows priors including burglary, larceny and drug charges. Marquez’ criminal record is more extensive and involves robbery, kidnapping, drug charges, larceny and aggravated battery charges.

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