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New Mexico police arrest 11-year-old boy on allegations of monthlong crime spree

by NBC News

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, arrested an 11-year-old boy on allegations that the child went on a violent monthlong crime spree, including car burglaries and shootings.

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said in a post on social media that it was “disappointing to see a 11-year-old arrested” for crimes that ranged “from burglary to shooting a firearm.”

“But this armed individual’s behavior was escalating and he was a danger to the community,” he said in the post.

In a statement on Friday, police said the boy was arrested late Thursday.

Medina said in the statement he was “grateful that we took this young suspect into custody without our officers having to use force.”

“Despite his age, this suspect is considered very dangerous because of his use of a firearm and his escalating violence,” the police chief said.

It was not immediately clear if the boy had a lawyer.

The boy has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, shooting into an occupied dwelling, aggravated battery, unlawful possession of a weapon by a minor, nonresidential burglary, criminal damage to property over $1,000, and conspiracy to commit a fourth-degree felony.

Police also released a timeline of the alleged crimes the 11-year-old is accused of participating in.

Police said that on May 5, a car was stolen in the northeast part of the city and recovered an hour later. On May 12, a woman reported that four children were “throwing rocks at the residence and trying to break the windows of the home” and the woman was struck in the leg, the department said in its statement.

The same day, a 12-year-old called police to report a group of boys throwing rocks at her home, police said. The caller was able to identify some of the boys in the group and said they were known as the “Kia Boys,” who were known to frequent the area, according to police.

Albuquerque police said they responded to a commercial burglary, where…

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