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APD Makes Arrest in Overnight Road-Rage Homicide

June 3, 2022

– The Albuquerque Police Department has arrested and charged Jarod McKenzie, 20, for an overnight homicide that left one man dead.


In the early morning hours of June 2, 2022, APD officers were called to a residence on the 1200 block of Mimbres Street S.W. in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived they located a male, later identified as Joshua Romero, lying in the front yard of a residence.


Through the investigation, detectives were told by witnesses that McKenzie was driving erratically while Romero and two other individuals were walking through a neighborhood. The witnesses stated the vehicle almost struck them and Romero approached the vehicle to let the driver know.


The driver, identified as McKenzie then got out of the vehicle and the two males began to fight, when suddenly McKenzie pulled out a gun and fired at Romero.


While on scene during the investigation, McKenzie came back to turn himself in. Jarod McKenzie has been charged with Second Degree Murder and has been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center. 


The public can help law enforcement stop crime and solve open cases in our community. If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP (7867), or call APD’s non-emergency number at 505-242-COPS (2677).


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].