Police say teens killed homeless man 'just for fun'

April 19, 2018 11:24 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Last week, the Albuquerque Police Department hinted that there would be more charges to come against two teens, 17-year-old Anthony Gallegos and 15-year-old Timothy Chavez. That happened on Tuesday.

On March 18, police found a homeless man found shot to death on Menaul Boulevard near I-25. According to APD, Gallegos and Chavez were at a birthday party nearby, left for a while, shot 50-year-old Ronnie Ross six times, and left him.

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"Just cold-bloodedly killed a transient for no reason besides, the quote is, 'just for fun,'" APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said. "They killed an individual for fun – extremely cold-blooded, extremely unsettling."

Police say the teens went back, to the party, left to check on Ross and allegedly shot him six more times.

Gallegos and Chavez remain in police custody as is Santino Lucero, a 16-year-old accused of other crimes with them. Investigators also say the Gallegos and Chavez were involved in a drive-by shooting and another shooting involving a drug deal.

[For] homicide detectives, this is a big one for them because this is so cold-blooded," Drobik said. "As a community member, as a father, as a police officer, this is a shocking case of homicide."

During their first court appearance in Metro Court on Wednesday, the state sought pre-trial detention. The judge ordered Gallegos and Chavez to remain in custody until a hearing in District Court. A date for that hearing has not yet been scheduled.


Brian Fetting / KOB

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