Albuquerque (NM)

Mother Chases Down Attempted Kidnapper of Her 4-Year-Old!

The young girl was playing in her yard at an apartment complex in Albuquerque’s North Valley when a group of teenagers saw the kidnapping and ran to alert the girl’s mother.

The family called 911 and the mother jumped into her vehicle and gave chase for about seven miles, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the Silver Buick before fleeing the apartment complex. The girl was found wandering nearby, uninjured, police said.

The mother followed the suspect and finally rammed into his car near an intersection. He fled on foot.

Police were searching for a person of interest, identified as David Hernandez, 31.

Mom Chases Down Child Abductor, Saves Her Daughter; Manhunt Begins In New Mexico. HuffPo Crime, 5/15/2013.

Teen Kills 3 Adults, 2 Children [UPDATES]

A teenage boy fatally shot two adults and three children inside an Albuquerque home, authorities said Sunday.

The boy was arrested and booked on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings Saturday night, Bernalillo County sheriff’s spokesman Aaron Williamson said.

The victims’ identities haven’t been released, and the boy’s motive and connection to the five victims weren’t immediately unknown. Williamson said investigators were trying to determine if the victims were related.

Investigators also were seeking to determine who owned several guns that were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle.

Albuquerque Shooting: Teenager Kills 5 People, Including 3 Children. HuffPo Crime, 1/20/2013.

UPDATES:

Authorities identified the victims late Sunday as Greg Griego, 51, his wife Sara Griego, 40, and three of their children: a 9-year-old boy, Zephania Griego, and daughters Jael Griego, 5, and Angelina Griego, 2.

Word of the shootings traveled quickly through the law enforcement community, and officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.

…Authorities said each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, and several guns were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. Investigators were trying to determine who owned the guns.

… Authorities declined to release details of any conversation that the 15-year-old had with investigators, but they said he was the Griegos’ son. The sheriff’s office said he is charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.

Albuquerque Shooting: Teenager Kills 5 People, Including 3 Children. HuffPo Crime, 1/21/2013.

According to [Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan] Houston and charging documents, it all began early Saturday at the family’s home in a rural area of southwest Albuquerque, when Nehemiah Griego – angry and annoyed with his mother – acted on what he described to investigators as homicidal and suicidal thoughts. Houston said the teen shot his mother while she slept at about 1 a.m. with a .22 caliber rifle that the parents kept in a closet. He said he killed his siblings after they woke up and became upset, then grabbed a semi-automatic rifle his parents owned and waited in the downstairs bathroom to ambush his father as he returned from work at a rescue mission around 5 a.m.

Griego told authorities he then reloaded the two guns and put them in the family van.

Houston said he didn’t know if Griego actually went to a Wal-Mart, but officers found the two rifles, as well as at least a dozen rounds for the .22 and a handful of rounds for the .223 caliber assault rifle in the van.

Griego spent most of Saturday with his girlfriend and her family, Houston said. At about 8 p.m., Griego went to Calvary church and told church members that his family was dead. Church officials called 911 and took Griego to his home, where he was arrested that night.

Nehemiah Griego, Teen Accused Of Killing Family, Had Homicidal And Suicidal Thoughts: Cops. HuffPo Crime, 1/22/2013.

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