ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The only survivor of a botched robbery that left three other alleged robbers dead last month has disappeared.
It’s a bizarre twist in an already bizarre story that began when Eduardo Ramirez-Llamas, 22, and three other men set out Sept. 7 to rob Justin Mack, who lives on Washington near Gibson SE, police say.
Police said Ramirez-Llamas told them Mack was a drug dealer, and officers said they later found heroin and methamphetamine in his home. They charged him with drug trafficking, but those charges have since been dropped.
The robbers wore masks and armed themselves with guns before forcing their way into the home, according to a criminal complaint.
According to police, Mack grabbed a gun and shot two of the robbers: Christopher Gonzalez, 18, and Joshua Valker, 25. Both men died.
Ramirez-Llamas fled to the car the group had arrived in, and police found him near the crime scene pretending to be a witness, according to court documents.
The fourth alleged robber, identified in court records as Nicholas Leckey, was found a few blocks away, dead of a gunshot wound to his head. Police believe he committed suicide after the robbery.
Ramirez-Llamas was booked into the county jail, charged with armed robbery, among other crimes. Court records show he bailed out Sept. 9.
On Sept. 21, he had been at his apartment with his girlfriend and new baby. He left his apartment around 10 a.m. to go to the gym, his family told police.
His family hasn’t heard from him since. It’s unclear whether he ever made it to the gym.
Police began investigating the disappearance, and officers found his gym membership card, a broken bottle and his cellphone in the parking lot of his apartment building next to his car.
Officer Tanner Tixier said it’s possible foul play is involved in Ramirez-Llamas’ disappearance. Tixier said police also think he could have staged his disappearance.
He hasn’t missed any court dates, and the case against him is proceeding, Tixier said.
Ramirez-Llamas’ attorney is listed in court records as Thomas Clear. Clear didn’t respond to calls Tuesday.
Vanessa Ramirez said she believes something sinister happened to her brother. She said she heard that someone wanted to kill him.
Tixier said officers have no evidence that someone wanted to kill Ramirez-Llamas because of the alleged robbery, but said it’s a possibility.
Ramirez said her family is distraught.
“We’re just waiting to see what anyone can tell us,” Ramirez said Tuesday. “We’ve tried talking to everyone who knows him, but no one’s been able to tell us anything.”
Police have asked anyone with information to call 242-COPS or the missing persons unit at 505-924-6095.