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Albuquerque homicide suspect arrested in Texas

Albuquerque Homicide Suspect arrested in Texas

 Sunday, 3/6/22

Suspect is alleged shooter in April 2021 murder of Ryan Saavedra Jr.

 

ALBUQUERQUE – A fourth homicide suspect, the alleged shooter in the April 2021 murder of Ryan Saavedra Jr., was arrested today in Texas.

 

Domminick Mullen, 21, was wanted for his role in a drug-related robbery that resulted in the 2021 murder of Saavedra at a West Side park. He was arrested today by the Seminole Texas Police Department on the Albuquerque murder warrant.

 

Albuquerque police have charged 5 people in connection with Saavedra’s murder.

 

Arianna Hawkins is accused of setting up a drug transaction through social media with the intention or robbing Saavedra and his girlfriend at the park. After Hawkins set up the drug transaction, another suspect, Ajole Guzman, allegedly sprayed Saavedra in the face with mace. As Saavedra’s girlfriend attempted to drive away, Domminick Mullen allegedly shot and killed Saavedra, who was in the passenger seat of the fleeing car.

 

The three jumped in the car being driven by Christian Benson, 21, and fled the scene. The fifth person, Elijah Tafoya, 19, was also aware of the robbery plan.

 

Police previously arrested Hawkins, Benson and Tafoya for the murder. Muller was believed to be in Texas where authorities tracked him down this morning.

 

Police are still searching for Ajole Guzman.

 

Domminick Mullen is charged with murder, attempt to commit a felony (robbery), and conspiracy.

 

Arianna Hawkins is charged with attempt to commit a felony (robbery) and conspiracy.

 

Christian Benson is charged with murder, attempt to commit a felony (robbery), and conspiracy. Benson is charged in another case and is currently in custody.

 

Ajole Guzman is charged with murder, attempt to commit a felony (robbery), and conspiracy.

 

Elijah Tafoya is charged with attempt to commit a felony (robbery) and conspiracy.

 

 

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