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APD Releases 5th Episode of ‘Duke City Case Files’

This episode features the homicide of Jon Paul Carbajal

The Albuquerque Police Department has released the fifth episode of the ‘Duke City Case Files’ featuring the homicide of Jon Paul Carbajal, 19.

Jon Paul Carbajal’s body was found outside a silver Chevy Camaro that was still running, in the early morning of April 30th, 2017. Multiple reports of shots fired came in to APD’s dispatch in the area of Julie Street and Bellrose Avenue NE around 2:30 a.m.

“I’m hoping somebody, or the citizens of Albuquerque will come forward and want to provide this information to at least give the family closure and also, to understand why Jon’s life was taken,” said Detective Andrea Ortiz.

Investigators do have surveillance video from cameras nearby Stardust Park, however it is grainy due to the crime taking place in the very early morning.

“Jon was my little comedian, very funny even as a child would always make me laugh and entertain me,” said Donna Rupcich, Jon Paul’s mom. “I don’t wish this on anybody and also the selfish way he was taken, and for someone to make a choice about taking another person’s life is something that is unimaginable to me.”

“My brother was my best friend…growing up had its challenges because I didn’t have a sister, I was blessed with a twin brother and he was probably the best person in the world,” said Marceline Rupcich, Jon Paul’s sister. “I just hope that they find them, it would give some light in this darkness we’ve been facing for the last four and a half years.”

If anyone has information about this case, they are encouraged to contact APD’s Homicide Unit at (505)-924-6096, or tips can be left anonymously with Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at (505)-843-STOP, or on their website,

‘Duke City Case Files’ features unsolved homicides, successful solved cases, and investigative tools being used to advance cases. The videos are uploaded to APD’s social media platforms at the beginning of each month, and we encourage you to share them with your viewers to help garner leads. 

You can find the link the latest episode here.