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Suspect sought after standoff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An hourslong SWAT situation Tuesday near Comanche and Carlisle, initiated by police after a man allegedly stabbed his wife and stepson and barricaded himself in a mobile home, ended with the home going up in flames and the man nowhere to be found.

Police first responded to the home in the 3100 block of Aztec NE due to a domestic violence call around 7 a.m. The SWAT team was called out when the suspect – later identified by police as 27-year-old Joel Castillo-Angel – wouldn’t come out of the home.

About 10:45 a.m., the mobile home went up in flames and the Albuquerque Fire Department extinguished the fire within 15 minutes, preventing it from spreading to neighboring homes.

Police said it’s unclear how the fire was started, but they believe it started inside the home because the SWAT team does not use flammable products.

When officers searched the home they didn’t find Castillo-Angel. They issued a warrant for his arrest and are looking for him. A spokeswoman said he is considered dangerous and possibly armed.


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