Detectives have arrested a 15-year-old charged with murder and other charges in the deaths of two teenagers late last year, according to a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department.
Gilbert Gallegos said Julio Fabian “FaFa” Almentero surrendered peacefully when detectives confronted him. A warrant was issued for him Friday.
“APD booked Almentero, and informed the District Attorney’s Office of the arrest,” Gallegos said in an email.
Almentero was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center, according to the DA’s Office.
He will be charged as an adult.
Almentero is the first suspect to be charged with murder in the deaths of 14-year-old Ahmed Lateef and 15-year-old Collin Romero. Romero and Lateef were last seen Dec. 16, and their bodies were found buried in a shallow grave northwest of Rio Rancho a couple of weeks later.