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Suspect arrested after body found in burned Jeep

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On the night of Oct. 27 Carlos Gustavo Arzate Enriquez sent a message to an acquaintance saying he was stranded in the Pajarito Mesa and needed gasoline.

Carlos Gustavo Arzate Enriquez, 23 (BCSO)

The acquaintance, thinking he was doing a good deed, got in his car and brought a water jug full of gasoline to the 23-year-old standing next to a Jeep on the top of a hill near James Cook and Pajarito SW.

Then, as he turned around to drive away, the Jeep burst into flames. Enriquez jumped in his car, carrying two backpacks, and told him to “go, go, go, just go.”

Inside the burning Jeep was 30-year-old Samir Rodriquez, and he had been shot nine times through his face and chest.

These are some of the details included in an arrest warrant affidavit for Enriquez.

He is charged with murder, armed robbery, arson, criminal damage to property and tampering with evidence and has been booked into jail.

According to the affidavit, Enriquez told his acquaintance – who is referred to only as a “concerned citizen” – that he owed Rodriguez money and Rodriguez was going to kill him. When the concerned citizen dropped Enriquez off on the West Side, a white Jeep Cherokee was waiting to drive him away.

Shortly after the Jeep caught fire Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called out to investigate. And about an hour and a half after that, Enriquez’s acquaintance called detectives to tell them what had happened, according to the affidavit. He said he met Enriquez at Sandia Casino and the two were playing Baccarat near the high limit area of the casino the day before.

Two days later, Sandia police officers arrested Enriquez on an immigration arrest warrant. He is being held in Cibola County. It’s unclear who his attorney will be.

When detectives searched the house Enriquez and his wife shared they found a 9 mm handgun covered in dried blood and Rodriguez’s wallet, according to the affidavit.

They also found security camera footage of Enriquez arriving home in the white Jeep Cherokee about a half hour after BCSO deputies had been sent to the crime scene. Detectives searched the vehicle and found what appeared to be blood on the seat, near the head rest, on the door arm rest and on the plastic part of the door jamb.

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