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Police arrest man, 21, in Walmart shooting threat

Jaycee Yazzie

Jaycee Yazzie

Albuquerque Police have arrested Jaycee Yazzie, 21, of Albuquerque, the man who allegedly threatened citizens in the Walmart parking lot in Rio Rancho last month.

On Sept. 20, Rio Rancho police responded to a call about the man who told Albuquerque dispatchers he had an AK47 and would start shooting people if officers didn’t respond immediately, according to Rio Rancho Police spokesman Lt. Paul Rogers.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Sandoval County Magistrate Court, Yazzie gave his name during the call.


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He fled before officers arrived and witnesses were not able to provide enough information for police to take immediate action, Rogers said, but Rio Rancho Police detectives investigated.

Shortly after officers locked down Walmart due to the threat, a woman called 911 and said a man had pointed a gun at her and her boyfriend in the store parking lot, according to the criminal complaint. The couple told police in later interviews that a man matching Yazzie’s description pointed a handgun at them and threatened to shoot them if a woman he seemed to know didn’t go with him.

The witnesses said the woman agreed to go, and she and the suspect drove away, according to the complaint.

Detectives located the owner of the cell phone used to make the 911 call threatening to shoot people, and an investigator spoke with her Sept. 22. The owner, a woman about 50, said she and Yazzie had been dating for about a year, according to the complaint.

After some resistance, she told officers she and Yazzie had gotten into an argument in the Walmart parking lot and he threatened to hurt a couple walking by if she didn’t leave with him, according to the complaint. She told the detective she was afraid and didn’t want to go, but agreed to after he threatened the other couple.

The woman said she hadn’t wanted Yazzie to get in trouble, according to the complaint.

Once investigators obtained an arrest warrant, Rio Rancho Police asked the Albuquerque Police Department for help. Albuquerque Police arrested Yazzie on Wednesday.

The warrant charges him with one count of kidnapping and three counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony.