Richard Cresap

The 18-year-old charged in the death of a younger teenager told an acquaintance he didn’t realize until after the shooting that what the deceased had pointed at him was a BB gun, according to court documents.
Richard Martin Lee Cresap, 18, of Rio Rancho, is charged with second-degree murder and felony tampering with evidence in the March 10 shooting death of Alexander Jackson, 15. He was arrested March 26.
According to the criminal complaint a Rio Rancho Police detective filed in Sandoval County Magistrate Court, officers responded to a report of shots fired near Marino Drive on the evening of March 10. An officer found Jackson unresponsive in the parking lot of the former country club with several gunshot wounds in the front of his body.
The 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday filed a motion asking that Cresap be detained until the trial on the grounds that he was dangerous to the community. A hearing was scheduled on the matter.
According to the criminal complaint, early in the investigation, a witness told detectives he heard five pops coming from the area of the golf course, looked out his second-story window and saw a white male with a blond “man bun” running south on Country Club Drive, away from the northwest area of the country club parking lot. According to the complaint, the witness saw the male get into a white car with a driver waiting inside.
Detectives also spoke with females who said Jackson had been at their house on Marino just before the shooting. One of the females said she saw him walking north on Country Club Drive toward the golf course with a male she thought was Cresap and who had a blond man bun.
A few minutes later, gunshots were heard, according to the complaint.
Multiple people told detectives Cresap owned a handgun and carried it with him.
According to the complaint, on March 25 an acquaintance of Cresap called a detective and said Cresap had returned to the acquaintance’s apartment the night before and said he wanted to talk to police after one more night. The caller told the detective Cresap said Jackson pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at Cresap.
Cresap told his acquaintance he then shot Jackson and afterward realized the gun was only a BB gun, according to the complaint. He said he hadn’t planned to kill Jackson before he saw the BB gun and he no longer had his own gun.
The motion for pretrial detention said Cresap confessed to intending to physically fight Jackson, who had once been his friend, and then shooting him instead. According to the motion, Cresap fired 11 times, hitting Jackson at least four times.
Cresap actively hid from police afterward, according to the motion.
The prosecutor also wrote that Cresap has no adult criminal record, but had been in the juvenile justice system.
According to the motion, Cresap failed to comply with conditions of release and juvenile probation, resulting in his being sentenced to a year in juvenile detention.
Cresap’s attorney was not available for comment Friday afternoon.

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