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Albuquerque police: Suspect in 2 fatal shootings is arrested

January 27, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say a man wanted in connection with the fatal shootings of two people at a gas station is in custody.

They say 32-year-old James Alex Chavez was booked Saturday into the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center on suspicion of two counts of murder.

It was unclear Sunday if Chavez has a lawyer yet.

According to a criminal complaint, Chavez tried to barter with the employees at a convenience store on Jan. 14 because he didn’t have money.

When they asked him to leave, police say Chavez allegedly shot 24-year-old James Ronquillo and 27-year-old Jesus Lopez.

Police say Lopez died at the scene and Ronquillo later died at a hospital from his injuries.

They say Chavez also had outstanding arrest warrants for drug possession and stolen vehicle charges.

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