Two shot and killed in their car, police say they arrested a suspect months later as he tried to flee

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Source: Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

Aug. 7 2021, Published 2:46 p.m. ET

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One of the suspects in a double murder in New Mexico is now in police custody.

The killing happened during a gun sale that turned bad, police said and reported by local media.

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The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Manuel Perez on Aug. 4 in connection to the double homicide on April 19. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a felony.

He was arrested at his apartment around 8 p.m. and had a bag of clothes ready to flee, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Perez told police he knew he was wanted after seeing a news story about his connection to the alleged crime.

In April, police responded to a crashed car and found Anthony Vigil and Ali Riyad dead from gunshot wounds inside, according to KRQE.

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Investigators say Perez and two other people shot at the victims and drove off, according to the KRQE report.

Two other vehicles and a house were hit by gunfire during the shooting, police said.

Deputies continue to hunt for the other two suspects in connection to the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at (505) 263-5617.

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