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Detectives allege that a 27-year-old rammed a carful of people at 60 mph – running them off the road and killing two teenage girls inside in June on Central near the Rio Grande.
On Thursday afternoon, police arrested Roger Wilson in that case, said Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman with the Albuquerque Police Department. He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.
Wilson is facing two open counts of murder and auto theft and aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm charges in the June 29 deaths of Alyssa Salazar and Alize Henson, both 14.
He was allegedly driving a stolen car when he rammed the other car at high speed, causing it to crash. Police said Wilson then crashed the car he was driving a mile down the road and fled the scene.
Police had said the case was being investigated as a double homicide due to the crash being perceived as an “intentional act.”
In 2016, according to court records, Wilson was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty in a case involving several auto burglaries and credit card theft. In 2019 Wilson was sentenced to a year at MDC after violating probation.
Wilson’s probation officer wrote at the time that Wilson “feels he does not need counseling or to be on probation however his actions demonstrate his need for treatment,” specifically anger management.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Metropolitan Court:
Officers responded around 12:45 a.m. June 29 to Tingley and Central where a car had left the road and crashed into a parking lot. Police found Henson and Salazar dead and two men injured, one with a broken leg and another with chipped vertebrae.
The driver of the car told police the four had been at Pat Hurley Park when a man began to harass them. He said the man followed them after they left the park and rammed his car at Yucca and Central.
The driver told police he sped up to 60 miles per hour to get away and the man rammed his car again, sending them crashing into a parking lot of an apartment complex. The driver said he had consumed alcohol prior to the incident.
A 16-year-old passenger told police he believed the driver may have cut the man off and, after being rammed the first time, the passenger threw a bottle of alcohol at the other car.
Police found another car crashed into a tree near Central and Rio Grande with the driver nowhere in sight. Security video showed a man walk away from the crashed car toward Old Town.
A man called 911 later that day to report his car stolen.
Police said the man told them he was drinking with a friend and her brothers, one of them being identified as Wilson. He said he blacked out and woke up at Pat Hurley Park and his car was missing.
The man’s friend told police she, Wilson and the others had bought alcohol from Walgreens earlier in the night and Wilson disappeared later. Police said security video from Walgreens showed Wilson was wearing a shirt similar to the man seen fleeing the car crash.
Police searched Wilson’s Facebook and found messages the day after the crash where he told a friend, “I had a bad car accident last night” and “(expletive) my body is sore.” The friend said “Glad your okay tho” and Wilson replied “Mannn I’m dumb asf.”
The friend asked Wilson if he was “buzzed” and Wilson replied “Yea” and “I was.”