An alleged Neo-Nazi ditched a bullet-riddled car with three dead men inside in the parking lot of a New Mexico hospital, federal investigators say.
Richard Kuykendall, 41, was federally charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on May 14 for his role in the Wednesday triple homicide, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for New Mexico.
While authorities are not convinced Kuykendall killed the three victims, they believe that he is connected to the case.
The complaint alleges three dead were members of the Aryan Brotherhood. Officials said Kuykendall is associated with the gang, given his personal connection to the deceased, plus his tattoos.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, The Aryan Brotherhood is “the oldest and most notorious racist prison gang in the United States,” a title they have held since the 1960s.
Albuquerque police SWAT team arrested “Sky” Kuykendall on a federal arrest warrant.
Albuquerque Police Department identified two of the people killed as Brandon Torres, 44, and James Fisher, 41, and said the third man’s family has not been notified of his death.
According to court documents, Kuykendall was seen on security camera walking up an alleyway before trying to enter a Chevy Malibu.
A passenger reportedly opened fire at Kuykendall, who ducked in time to avoid being shot.
Officials said shots were then fired from inside the car, and Kuykendall entered the vehicle for a few seconds before bolting towards a dumpster, where he waited about 10 seconds before reentering the front seat of the car, according to court documents.
Albuquerque Police reportedly searched the alleyway and found a Beretta 9mm pistol at the side of the dumpster, where they believe Kuykendall tossed it off.
Kuykendall was later seen on security video from Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, about 2.6 miles away from the scene of the shooting.
Officials said Kuykendall got out of the car, and removed his shirt before telling a security guard there were “three dead guys” in the car. He paced around briefly before leaving, according to investigators.
Officers also reportedly found a loaded gun under the driver’s seat of the bullet-riddled car, an empty pistol in the back seat, plus multiple shell casings.
Gang Officials at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center reportedly identified the three dead men as “validated members” of the Aryan Brotherhood. Kuykendall reportedly has identifying tattoos associated with the gang, including a shamrock, lightning bolt, one reading “white boy” and a German iron cross on his chest, according to court records.
Kuykendall has more than 30 previous arrests in New Mexico and Massachusetts, including driving with a suspended license, assault and battery, assault and battery on a family member, forgery, larceny and identity theft.
Kuykendall was convicted of assault and battery on a family member in Salem, Massachusetts, District Court. He was also convicted of battery with a dangerous weapon, a baseball bat, in Salem District Court in 1998.