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Student robbed of earbuds, $100 in incident that shutdown Rio Grande High

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Apple AirPods and a $100 bill were at the center of an armed robbery and fight at Rio Grande High School Thursday morning that resulted in a campus lock down and a SWAT team being called in, court records reveal.

Mateo Lopez and Julius Cortez threatened a female student with a gun and took a set of Apple AirPods and a $100 bill from her, according to petitions filed in Children’s Court in Bernalillo County on Friday.

Lopez was armed with a silver Glock 19 and “by use or threatened use of force or violence” the two boys took the items, the documents state.

Lopez and Cortez — who were identified by law enforcement officials as students at the school — are charged with armed robbery, tampering with evidence, unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises, unlawful carrying of a handgun by a person under 19 and interference with public officials or general public.

A third student, Jesse Trujillo, is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and interference with public officials or general public. His court petition indicates he helped to plan the robbery but does not say he took part in the incident.

All three students were arrested on campus after deputies from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and a SWAT team searched and secured the school. The gun was found, though authorities didn’t say where, after deputies reviewed security camera footage from inside the school.

Students were ushered into classrooms and locked inside while deputies and the SWAT team searched the South Valley school.

After about three hours, classes resumed but parents were allowed to pick up their students after the lockdown was lifted.

At a Thursday afternoon news conference, Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said no one was seriously injured and the three students taken into custody were at the Juvenile Detention Center.



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