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Albuquerque Double-Murder Suspect Arrested in Denver

Albuquerque Double-Murder Suspect Arrested in Denver

 Thursday, 11/11/2021

16-year-old a fugitive since January Murders


ALBUQUERQUE – A teen-age suspect wanted for a double murder in Albuquerque was arrested in Denver.


Josef Toney, 16, was charged earlier this year for the Jan. 27 murders of Aerial Mallam and Jessica Casaus Lucero at a Northeast Heights apartment complex. Toney has been a wanted fugitive since then.


Toney was arrested in Denver, where he faces new charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.


APD Homicide detectives allege that Toney showed up at the Aztec Village Apartments, 4321 Montgomery Blvd NE on the night of Jan. 27, 2021. Witnesses said Toney shot two women, later identified as Aerial Mallam, 21, and Jessica Casaus Lucero, 31. Both women died at the scene.


Toney is also accused of shooting a third individual, Stephen Mitchell, three times, as Toney fled the apartment. Mitchell survived his wounds.


Toney traded gun fire with a fourth individual as he tried to take a vehicle. Toney was shot, but survived his wounds and fled the scene on foot.


Toney faces the following charges in Bernalillo County: Two open counts of murder, armed robbery, two counts of aggravated battery, child abuse, and tampering with evidence.