Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry, Councilor Ken Sanchez and the Safe City Strike Force demolished a house that had plagued the community with criminal activity.
Albuquerque, NM— Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry, Councilor Ken Sanchez and the Safe City Strike Force demolished a house that had plagued the community with criminal activity. The house, located at 119 Estancia NW, had been used by gang members for criminal acts of violence and was attracting vandals and transients.
The most horrific account sprung from an incident in spring 2009, when members of a gang were living at the house. The gang members severely beat a man with a baseball bat and had their dogs attack him. After the beating, the victim was dragged down a stairwell and threatened that if he yelled for help he would be killed. The gang members then bound him with rope, stuffed him in the trunk of a vehicle, drove to the West Mesa, and lit the vehicle on fire. The victim was able to escape and call police at a nearby home.
"Demolishing this house is a major step towards making Albuquerque a hard place to be a criminal," said Mayor Berry. "Eliminating houses that are a refuge for gangs and violence is an integral part of making our city safer."
This past summer City Councilor Ken Sanchez requested a resolution to condemn the property; City Councilors unanimously approved the demolition of the house.
The property has racked up about $12,600 in bills with the city. A lien, for that amount, has been put on the property.