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APD Arrests Murder Suspect from Downtown Shooting that also Injured APD Officer

APD Arrests Murder Suspect from Downtown Shooting in July that also injured APD Officer

Monday, 11/8/2021

ALBUQUERQUE – APD detectives arrested a suspect for the July murder of Trevonte Robbins, 19, and the shooting of Kevin Johnson in Downtown Albuquerque.

 

The gunfire also struck an APD patrol unit, resulting in minor injuries to an officer who was rushing westbound on Central Avenue to respond to reports of shots being fired a few blocks away.

 

Asad Moody, 19, turned himself into authorities today.

 

Homicide detectives allege that Moody conspired with several friends to get revenge against another group of males who battered him on July 3, 2021. Moody, armed with an AK-47, traveled to the Downtown area on the night of July 9, 2021, along with Jonathan Martinez, 21, and Darryus Chavez, 22, in an attempt to find the males.

 

Later that night, around 2:30 a.m. on July 10, Moody, Martinez and Chavez drove by a group that included Trevonte Robbins and Kevin Johnson, in a parking lot at 2nd St and Central Ave. Moody communicated that he believed Johnson was one of the men who battered him, based on his hair style.

 

As the group that included Robbins and Johnson walked to 4th and Central, Moody, Martinez and Chavez drove on Central and a rifle was pointed from the car and toward the group. The car stopped on 4th St., south of Central. Moody exited the right rear seat of the vehicle, and fired gunshots toward Robbins and Johnson. Robbins was fatally struck with a bullet and succumbed to his injuries. Johnson was struck by gunfire and was later transported to the hospital. Moody, Martinez and Chavez drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed.

 

Investigators have not discovered any known association between Moody and the victims. The victims do not appear to be connected to the individuals who battered Moody on July 3.

 

This murder investigation also highlights one of the innovations we have brought to the department. The new Digital Intelligence Team, led by Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock, is the state’s first centralized and court-recognized expert analysis of cellular devices and social media. This type of evidence is prevalent in violent crime and property crime investigations. Under the old model of investigations, individual detectives were asked to do this advanced analysis, including going through thousands of pages of records. The new Digital Intel Team, comprised of three civilian Digital Forensic Examiners, allows homicide detectives to spend more time locating and interviewing witnesses and securing evidence and less time going over these records. 

 

“In this homicide, the Digital Intel Team and the detective worked close throughout the case, which was the difference of a whodunnit with no leads or tips, and four arrest warrants, Deputy Commander Hartsock said.

 

The following individuals have been charged in connection with the murder:

 

Asad Moody (12/8/2001)

            Open Count of Murder

            Conspiracy

            Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

            Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

            Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony (Murder)

 

Darryus Chavez (4/12/1999)

            Open Count of Murder

            Conspiracy

            Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

            Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

            Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony (Murder)

 

Jonathan Martinez (9/20/2000)

            Open Count of Murder

            Conspiracy

            Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

            Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

            Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony (Murder)

 

Isney Lafirme (3/22/2000)

            Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder

 

APD has advocates for victims of violent crimes, including domestic violence and sex crimes. Victims, including family of homicide victims, can call 505-924-6028 to reach one of the advocates. Victim advocates can also be reached by email: [email protected].

 

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