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Operation Legend sets its sights on suspect in West Side vehicle fire

Dakota Briscoe in a 2010 booking photo (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal authorities filed charges Tuesday against a man who allegedly torched a vehicle with two bodies inside in Northwest Albuquerque before pointing a gun at one neighbor and carjacking another last week.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said the agency is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Dakota Don Briscoe, 34.

“This case is being investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Albuquerque Police Department as part of the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend, a coordinated federal and local law enforcement initiative to fight gun and dangerous crime,” he said.

Briscoe is charged with carjacking, attempted carjacking, brandishing a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On Sept. 7, police say Briscoe set a vehicle on fire that contained the bodies of Eric Carbajal, 36, and Nathan Garcia, 39. Then, he pointed a gun at one woman and fired at another before stealing her vehicle.

According to court records, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies found the stolen vehicle, a Dodge Avenger, in the South Valley the next day.

“Briscoe, a convicted felon, should be considered armed and dangerous,” Fisher said.

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