A 17-year-old was charged Sunday with an open count of murder in the fatal shooting of his mother’s boyfriend, who upset the teen by doing drugs with his mother, according to Albuquerque police and court records.
Ruben Benavidez, 17, was arrested by an Albuquerque police SWAT team overnight in connection with the fatal shooting of Cedric Garcia-Guzman, 39.
Police said they were called to an apartment at 1100 Coal SW at around 3 p.m. Saturday. Garcia-Guzman, who lived at the complex, had been shot twice in the stomach and died at the scene, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.
Investigators obtained surveillance footage of the shooting, which shows one man knock on Garcia-Guzman’s door. He answers it before shutting it quickly, according to the complaint.
Another man enters the frame and kicks Garcia-Guzman’s door. Garcia-Guzman opens the door and appears to spit on the person, who shoots Garcia-Guzman through his sweatshirt, according to the complaint.
Rubiane Valdez-Barela, Benavidez’s mother, told police she was in the apartment asleep at the time of the shooting, according to the complaint.
She identified the two people in the surveillance video as Benavidez, her son, and her son’s father.
Garcia-Guzman’s sister told police in an interview that her brother was having problems with Benavidez, who was upset because Garcia-Guzman was using drugs with his mother, according to the complaint. Witnesses told police that the couple typically used fentanyl.
Police located the sport utility vehicle seen on surveillance video, which belonged to Benavidez’s father. In an interview at a police substation, the father told police Garcia-Guzman had spit in Benavidez’s face prior to the shooting. The father said that after he heard gunshots, he initially thought Garcia-Guzman had fired a gun, according to the complaint.
“Based on the investigation, detectives tracked the possible offender of the homicide to an apartment complex near 2900 Lexington St. NE,” Gilbert Gallegos, a police spokesman, said in a news release.
Benavidez was charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence. He was booked into the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center.
It wasn’t clear Sunday if he had an attorney.