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Elise Kaplan


Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Recent articles by Elise:

APD officer charged in rape of airport security guard

An Albuquerque Police Department officer working in the aviation department has been charged with rape, false imprisonment and intimidation of a witness after a security guard at the airport reported he forced her to a perform sex act on him. Johnny Garcia, 38, was booked into jail and then released Thursday night. Rebecca Atkins, an […] → Read More

Officials say woman set 12 fires in the bosque Wednesday morning

Fire crews from several different agencies jumped into action Wednesday morning after officials say a woman who appeared to be suffering from a mental illness lit 12 fires across 5 acres in the bosque south of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She was taken into custody near Second and Woodward SW. An Albuquerque Police Department […] → Read More

Suspect dies over weekend in county jail

Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death earlier this month died in jail over the weekend. Michelle Morgan, 40, was arrested two weeks ago on May 1. A Bernalillo County spokeswoman confirmed Morgan’s death but said she was unable to release her cause of death. However, a 24-hour shift brief obtained by the Journal states that Morgan was found… → Read More

Fifth suspect arrested in 2021 fatal shooting at West Side park

Ajole Guzman, 20, arrested at a family member's home in ABQ on Monday → Read More

Significant gains seen in APD reforms

An end to the process has also been articulated by police brass → Read More

Man sought in fatal shooting of girlfriend

Suspect, 38, fled scene after telling sister gun 'just went off' according to detective's report → Read More

Man shot, critically injured in Northwest Albuquerque

Albuquerque detectives are investigating after a man was shot and critically injured in Northwest Albuquerque Tuesday morning. Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said officers were dispatched to a traffic crash near 12th and Montano NW. “Upon arrival, (Albuquerque Fire Rescue) was already on the scene and located a male subject inside the vehicle […] → Read More

Police ID man who was shot while driving car last week

Police have identified the man who was shot and killed while driving a car in the Northeast Heights last week as Gary Escareno. Escareno, 46, was taken to the hospital, where he died. On May 1, officers were called to the 2900 block of Tahiti, near Candelaria and Juan Tabo NE, because a car had […] → Read More

APD identifies suspect, victims in murder-suicide

Albuquerque police have provided new details about a double murder-suicide near the Cottonwood Mall on Sunday, saying a 53-year-old man shot the 17-year-old daughter of his ex and her cousin before killing himself. Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said investigators learned that Bradley Wallin had been in a relationship with Alexia Rael’s mother. […] → Read More

APD investigating fatal shooting in NE Albuquerque

Detectives are investigating after a person was shot to death in Northeast Albuquerque. Rebecca Atkins, an Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman, said officers were called to the 3100 block of Ortiz NE, near Candelaria and San Mateo NE for a deadly shooting. When they arrived they found a person who was dead. She did not identify […] → Read More

Second man arrested in fatal street race shooting

Suspect charged with murder, incident occurred last summer → Read More

High winds, dry air to challenge NM fire crews

Red flag situation continues through Monday evening → Read More

FBI looking for woman who robbed Grants bank

The FBI and the Grants Police Department are looking for a woman they’ve dubbed “the red shoe robber” who held up a bank Saturday late morning. Frank Fisher, an FBI spokesman, said around 11:30 a.m. the woman entered the Wells Fargo at 201 North 1st Street. “The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from […] → Read More

APD investigating death of man in Nob Hill apartment

Homicide detectives are investigating after a man was found dead in an apartment in Nob Hill Saturday morning. Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said around 8:30 a.m. officers were called to the Richmond Street Studios apartment complex on Richmond and Silver SE. When they arrived they found a man dead inside an apartment. […] → Read More

APD investigating overnight homicide

Detectives are investigating after a man was shot to death near Central and Eubank Thursday night. Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said around 10 p.m. the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system alerted officers that there had been a shooting near Buena Ventura and Garcia NE. When they arrived they found a man lying in […] → Read More

Man suspected of killing roommates over dispute about his dog

On Saturday, Nicole Sanchez texted her mom about Mother’s Day and the two made plans to have lunch with Sanchez’s boyfriend — Jarrod Jackson — and his mother this weekend. And Sanchez filled her mother in on the latest regarding the couple’s roommate and his dog. Amy Melek told the Journal on Wednesday that the […] → Read More

Mother arrested in teenage daughter’s death

16-year-old girl was blind, non-verbal; authorities believe she died from lack of medical care → Read More

Residents reflect on 'sacred' land as Biden OKs disaster declaration

Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire grows to more than 160,000 acres, making it second largest in NM history → Read More

State Police investigating April APD shooting

Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by Albuquerque Police Department officers near Spain and Eubank NE late last month as 20-year-old John Withers. Police say Withers shot at officers after a reported carjacking and pursuit and they returned fire. APD recused itself from the investigation and asked New Mexico State Police to take […] → Read More

Southbound Interstate 25 reopened after being closed at Lead

Southbound Interstate 25 was closed and traffic was diverted to the Lead exit for a couple of hours Wednesday afternoon because of someone on the overpass threatening to jump. Rebecca Atkins, an APD spokeswoman, said someone was on the overpass and officers were trying to get them down. Around 4 p.m. she said the interstate […] → Read More