Man jailed after killing burglary sus...

Man jailed after killing burglary suspect

There are 266 comments on the Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico story from Jul 5, 2009, titled Man jailed after killing burglary suspect. In it, Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico reports that:

A former Marine is charged with murder after he tried to bust two burglary suspects Saturday evening outside a construction business in Belen.

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Huntsville, AL

#1 Jul 5, 2009
Why is this man in jail!? I'm sure there is more to the story but at first glance this man did the community a favor. Regardless, thank you for you service Marine!
Abq-joke of the SW

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Jul 5, 2009
Sounds like self-defense to me?

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#3 Jul 5, 2009
Get hold of Massod Ayoob or call Gun Owners of America. Once again self-defense and taking responsibility will be termed vigilanteism. We can no longer take care of ourselves. We can only do so through government proxies. Dial 911 and die...or wait for the chalk mark around your body. One fearing for his life should do nothing. Read "In the Gravest Extreme."

Pharr, TX

#4 Jul 5, 2009
OMG... he gets arrested and Levi Chavez is still roaming the streets??? Sounds like VCSO has some major problems....sounds like he was doing the job of the police...

United States

#5 Jul 5, 2009
it just goes to show you that the good will not benefit by helping. his training kicked in and a life was lost. which is sad. but had he lived, he'd be able to continue robbing hard working people of their goods.
how bout some reportin

Los Lunas, NM

#6 Jul 5, 2009
I don't suppose it occurred to any reporter from KOB to ask any pertinent follow up, say, what led police to charge the guy with murder? or were there extenuating circumstances that led to these charges? I remember when news outlets, even little local stations like here in Abq still used reporters for stories. I swear lately it seems like you all grab whatever you find on Twitter and pass it off as real journalism.

Farmington, NM

#7 Jul 5, 2009
Should all criminals be shot on sight?
not right

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Jul 5, 2009
you have got to be kidding, this guy is in jail and the governor gets an award for education? this is turning into a pretty disgusting state.

United States

#9 Jul 5, 2009
it look like he was try to save himself. self defense let him go.

“The Travelling Grandpa!”

Since: Aug 08

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#10 Jul 5, 2009
axe wrote:
Should all criminals be shot on sight?
When they break out the windows of the vehicle you're in, yes. They are obviously threatening your life.

Perhaps VCSO doesn't want the competition and is afraid of being shown by the public that they are not the only ones who can catch thieves - quien Sabé, but lets hope that they find him innocent and let him go real soon.

Rio Rancho, NM

#11 Jul 5, 2009
If you're about to be killed by a criminal, what would you do? This man should be commended by the city, not charged with murder.

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jul 5, 2009
We are talking about Belen PD. Let's see they approach the Marines car and bust out his that point... I keep telling everyone don't call the police, you will go to jail. Criminals have to many rights. You know these guys will have an extensive record. And I'll bet you money that the police knew who was doing the breakins....You can bet the Judge's let these guys slide a time or two.


“Here's looking at you”

Since: Mar 09

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Jul 5, 2009
--Thug robs business
--Marine chases
---Thug messes with Marine and his vehicle
---Thug dies
--Happy ending!

We have all had enough with these punks who think the world is their free store.

“Talk is Cheap”

Since: Feb 09

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#14 Jul 5, 2009
Mr. Sanchez should be exonerated and all charges dropped. He was assaulted by two would be thieves who were on a theft mission. Charges are totally fabricated and should be studied carefully....if APD cannot do the job, citizens like Mr. Sanchez will. I applaud he for all his efforts...this will stink if he is charge and convicted for something our own police-force would or could not do....ty, Mr. sanchez....

Florence, AL

#15 Jul 5, 2009
this guy shouldnt be charged with murder, he was defending himself against someone that was already breaking the law.
This should be justified, the burglar basically asked for it since he decided to approach the mans vehicle and smash his window, he got what he deserved.
maybe his friend will think twice next time before he breaks into something.

Rio Rancho, NM

#16 Jul 5, 2009
People should call the DA and ask that this hero be let go. He was obviously defending himself against a thief.
corrections officer

Hobbs, NM

#17 Jul 5, 2009
This Marine is still serving his country by getting rid of the thugs
Jaime Saens

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Jul 5, 2009
This is just one more example
of the moral decay in our
civilian society and in our
poor excuse for a government
here in New Mexico. A man
defends his life while trying
to make a citizen's arrest and
HE is arrested for murder.
Again, shame on the moral
dolts and ultracorrupt "public
servants" here in Valencia
County, one of the worst
examples of modern government
coast to coast

Los Lunas, NM

#19 Jul 5, 2009
Protecting yourself sounds like justifiable homicide to me. No jury will convict this guy on anything.

Los Lunas, NM

#20 Jul 5, 2009
axe wrote:
Should all criminals be shot on sight?
Sounds good to me.

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