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TEENS HELD IN CRIME SPREE.

Byline: JASON AUSLANDER

Two Santa Fe teenagers allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint, threatened another teen with a gun and burglarized a car Monday afternoon and evening, Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano said Tuesday.

The 14-year-old and 15-year-old boys -- whom Solano did not identify -- were arrested at the home of the mother of one of the boys Tuesday morning. Each was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and other counts, he said.

The crime spree began at the Tierra Real Mobile Home Park off Airport Road, when a 14-year-old reported about 4:15 p.m. that another juvenile boy he knew pointed a gun at him and threatened him, Solano said. The boy with the gun then fled the area in a dark-colored sedan later found to belong to the 14-year-old suspect's mother, Solano said.

Deputies went to the mother's home, and she reported her car -- a maroon 1996 Mercury Sable -- stolen, he said.

A similar looking car was later reported to have been involved in the armed robbery of a man at the Big Tesuque campground off Hyde Park Road about 6:40 p.m., Solano said. In that incident, a 46-year-old Santa Fe man told deputies he was driving home from hiking at the Santa Fe ski basin when he stopped at the campground to use the bathroom.

When he came out of the bathroom, he reported seeing a young man slashing his tires, Solano said. At the same time, another young man -- this one wearing a blue bandanna over his face -- confronted the man, pointed a gun at him and ordered him to lie on the ground, he said. The young man with the gun stole the man's wallet -- which contained credit cards, identification and $500 in cash -- as well as his car keys and cell phone, Solano said.

Deputies also discovered windows had been broken out of another car at the Big Tesuque parking lot and the car's tires had been slashed, he said.

Just after 8 p.m., Tesuque tribal police officers stopped the Mercury Sable because it had been reported stolen, but officers couldn't get hold of the boy's mother, Solano said. So they impounded the car and released the two boys who were inside, he said.

Deputies went back to the mother's home Tuesday morning and found the 14-year-old and the 15-year-old sleeping there. Both were taken into custody, and one confessed to the crimes, Solano said.

The boys were each charged with auto theft, armed robbery, robbery, aggravated assault, two counts of auto burglary and two counts of criminal damage to property.

Contact Jason

Auslander at 986-3076.

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Publication:The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)
Date:Oct 29, 2008
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