ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department said a suspect tied to the death of Elias Otero back in February is now in custody. Seventeen-year-old Adrian Avila turned himself in to police on Monday according to APD.


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Last week, Avilla was charged with an open count of murder, kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. A second suspect, Anna Bella Dukes, 18, was also charged in connection with the murder but police are still searching for her.

Police suspect Dukes lured a man through social media. APD believes Dukes, along with 17-year-old Adrian Avila and two other suspects, held him at gunpoint–demanding cash, jewelry and a gun. They allegedly drove to his home and when they arrived, his brother, 24-year-old Elias Otero, came out of the house and threatened to shoot the suspects. Police say Avila then shot and killed Otero.