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Deceased suspect linked to San Juan County armed robberies, kidnapping
Wes Allen shot and killed June 7 in Albuquerque
FARMINGTON — A man shot and killed by law enforcement personnel in Albuquerque earlier this month was a suspect or person of interest in multiple cases across San Juan County, including kidnapping and a drive-by shooting, according to court documents.
Wes Allen, 33, was shot and killed June 7 during a deputy-involved shooting at a motel in the area of Interstate 25 and Avenida Cesar Chavez in Albuquerque, according to court documents and a Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office video briefing.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office and U.S. marshals were trying to apprehend Allen, who was described by Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III as a very violent individual who was wanted for multiple armed robberies in different parts of New Mexico.
The search led them to a motel, where an operation was set up to capture Allen without incident.
During the operation, Allen fired his weapon at the deputies and agents, and they returned gunfire and Allen was killed, according to court documents.
The video briefing on the office's Facebook page from June 7 did not state how many rounds were fired by the parties involved or how many struck Allen.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Ben Segotta said the agency does not comment on ongoing investigations.
New information about the incident was detailed in arrest warrant affidavits for Isaac Thompson and Maya Loya filed on June 20 in Farmington Magistrate Court. Loya and Thompson were charged in a kidnapping case that Allen allegedly was involved in.
The alleged kidnapping is one of several crimes in which Allen was a suspect or person of interest, including two armed robberies and a drive-by shooting in San Juan County.
Allen and an unidentified male suspect are believed to be the men allegedly involved in the armed robbery of the Burnham Fireworks store in Kirtland on June 2, according to Sgt. Garrett Morris of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
The suspects allegedly entered the business, tied up the owner and stole items, including a cash register, the owner's cell phone and wallet. One gunshot was heard as the owner attempted to flee the business.
The Sheriff's Office is investigating the second suspect, Morris said.
Allen was accused of an armed robbery of a Cricket Wireless store in Farmington on June 1, along with Steven Magi.
The two suspects allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint and took several items, including 15 Apple iPhones and about $500 in cash. Allen was accused of threatening an employee and stealing her cellphone during the robbery.
In the kidnapping case, the three suspects were accused of kidnapping a man from his residence on May 12 with the intent of robbing a residence, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Thompson did not have legal representation today, and Loya has a warrant issued for her arrest.
Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 10 p.m. on May 12 to the area of 22nd Street and Knudsen Avenue on reports of breaking and entering.
The officers discovered after speaking to a man that he was a victim of a kidnapping from which he had escaped, and that he was looking for help.
The victim told police Loya had spoken to the victim at his residence and asked him to speak to Allen in a vehicle. He said once he got in the vehicle, he observed Allen holding what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun in the back seat.
Thompson is accused of holding a handgun while also siting in the back seat of the vehicle, according to the affidavit.
Loya allegedly handed out rubber gloves to the occupants of the vehicle, and Allen allegedly told the victim he was going to help them "hit" a house.
The victim told police Allen said he had information that caused him to believe the victim had "snitched" on someone, and the victim believed Allen was going to kill him that night.
The vehicle was driven to the area of 23rd Street and Knudsen Avenue, where the victim jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the bushes and backyards of adjacent residences to get away, according to court documents.
Thompson told detectives during a June 4 interview he was with Loya and Allen when they went to the victim's house, but he denied a kidnapping had taken place.
Allen also was a person of interest in a drive-by shooting case that occurred within hours of the alleged kidnapping on May 12, according to Det. Chris Blea of the Farmington Police Department.
Neighbors reported a drive-by shooting at a residence in the 4700 block of Caribbean Avenue around 12:24 a.m. on May 13. Detectives believed Allen was a person of interest in the case based on the vehicle description provided, Blea said.
No one was injured, and two bullet holes were found in the garage of the residence by detectives.
The investigation into the case has ended since the person who reported the incident is no longer corroborating with police and other people of interest haven't provided any information, Blea said.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at email@example.com.