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Four people have been charged in the death of a young man who was hogtied, shot in the head and left on the east side of the Sandia Mountains in late May.
Julio Rascon, 22, Angel Ochoa, 19, Marcos Macias, 27, and Brandi Lucero, 30, are each charged with an open count of murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and tampering with evidence in the May 26 death of 18-year-old Isaiah Hill.
Online court records show that arrest warrants have been issued for all four suspects.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office investigators in Magistrate Court:
A woman was hiking with her dog when she found Hill’s body on N.M. 165, a dirt road that connects Placitas and the Sandia Peak area, near Sandia Man Cave.
Hill, who had been reported missing earlier that day, was facedown and hogtied and had been shot in the back of the head. Hill’s grandmother told deputies she had last dropped him off at Brandi Lucero’s apartment May 22.
Lucero told deputies that Hill – who she said raped her weeks earlier – had left her home with Ochoa and Rascon. Lucero also said she had previously told Ochoa, Rascon and Macias – her husband – about the alleged rape.
Deputies followed further leads to a woman who said the men used her car to kidnap and kill Hill. She told deputies that Ochoa and Rascon asked her to pick them up from a home in the Northeast Heights on May 23.
When she picked them up, the woman said, she went inside to use the bathroom, and the men were already in her car when she returned. She told deputies Rascon drove into the mountains, where the two men pulled Hill out of the trunk and “she heard a gunshot.”
The woman told deputies the men got back into the car with Hill’s tennis shoes and “she did not know what was going on.” Investigators found blood and other evidence in the woman’s trunk.
On June 27, detectives spoke with Rascon, who was in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody after he was arrested on stolen vehicle charges by Albuquerque police. Rascon told deputies he saw Lucero, Macias and a third man beat up and hogtie Hill during a cookout at the Northeast Heights home.
Rascon said Macias and another man loaded Hill into the woman’s trunk while she used the bathroom and Macias told him to take the dirt road past Placitas. He told deputies Ochoa took Hill out of the trunk and shot him.
Rascon said Macias and Lucero planned “all of this” because Lucero said Hill raped her and molested her children.
Hill’s relatives told the Journal the rape allegations are untrue. The family said Hill had been dating and living with Lucero for a month until Macias got out of jail.