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10:35am — More on Suspects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 3 charged with developer’s murder held on multimillion-dollar cash-only bonds.

Held on a $7 million cash-only bond is Bryan Jacob Sandoval, 20, charged with an open count of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, forgery, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and tampering with evidence, according to Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center records.

Edward Anthony Esquer, 35, is being held on a $6.5 million cash-only bond and is charged with an open count of murder, armed robbery, forgery, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

Jeffrey John Fietek, 41, is held on a $2.5 million cash-only bond, charged with an open count of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, forgery, possession of stolen property, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

Also held in connection with the suspected home invasion/robbery on Thursday that left real estate developer R.J. Schaefer dead and his 52-year-old wife Olga wounded are two females — one of whom is a 17-year-old female, whose identity is being withheld by authorities, and the second is Penny Lynn Rasmussen, 22. Rasmussen is being held on a $100,000 cash or surety bond, charged with harboring/aiding a felon, forgery, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). The 17-year-old is being on held on unspecified drug charges.

Details of the alleged crimes are unclear at this time, but should be available once the criminal complaint becomes available. The suspects will make their first appearance before state District Judge James Blackmer.

For an account of the shocking crime, see the story below by Journal Staff Writer T.J. Wilham.

According to KOB-TV’s Eyewitness 4 Web site, it was a series of financial transactions that led police to stake out a house on the 11000 block of Nambe NE near Juan Tabo and Lomas.

A woman left the house and was detained by police Thursday night, APD spokeswoman Trish Hoffman told KOB-TV. A man left in a separate vehicle and attempted to elude police but was captured near Juan Tabo and Lomas, Hoffman told the station.

The investigation then led to picking up two men at the Best Western Inn motel near Tramway and Central, according to the Web site.

Jail records show that it was Rasmussen and Esquer who were picked up in the vicinity of the Nambe NE address, and the two men found at the Central Avenue motel were Sandoval and Fietek. It is still unclear how the juvenile was allegedly involved with the others or how and when she was taken into custody.


8:25am — NE Hgts. Suspects ID’d: Five held in connection with Thursday killing of R.J. Schaefer.

Less than 24 hours after a suspected home invasion in the 7700 block of American Heritage Drive NE, police charged five people in connection with the murder of a prominent ABQ Realtor and developer and the shooting of his wife.

According to Bernalillo County Metro Court records, charged with open counts of murder and other crimes are Jeff Fietek, 41; Edward Anthony Esquer, 35; and Brian Jacob Sandoval, 20. Also being held on other charges in connection with the incident are Penny Rasmussen, 22; and an unnamed 17-year-old female. All are being held on cash-only bonds at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center.


6am — 5 Arrested in Hgts. Killing: Suspects in suspected home invasion face murder, other charges.

Three males and two females, including a 17-year-old, formally arrested after overnight questioning by ABQ police in Thursday morning’s shooting death of prominent developer R.J. Schaefer and critical wounding of his wife, Olga, Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said.

The five were being held at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, she said.

It is unclear whether the four people detained for questioning late Thursday were among those arrested shortly before 5 a.m. today, but suspicious activity on the victims’ bank account led police to take two men and two women into custody late Thursday, police told the Journal.

Arrested this morning and held on cash-only bonds were three males, age 41, 35 and 20, facing charges of an open count of murder, armed robbery and other crimes. A 22-year-old female was held on harboring, drug and other charges, and the 17-year-old juvenile faced drug and forgery charges.

R.J. Schaefer, 68, was found dead in his doorway Thursday morning at his home on the 7700 block of American Heritage Drive NE, near the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course, and his wife, Olga, 52, was located in a rear bedroom suffering from gunshot wounds when police arrived around 7 a.m.

A white Cadillac Escalade belonging to the victims was found abandoned several blocks away after a short search.

Two of last night’s detainees were found at a home on the 11000 block of Nambe NE near Juan Tabo and two others were picked up at a Best Western motel at Central and Tramway.

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