3 Rio Grande HS students arrested, accused of robbing student with a gun

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office confirms three Rio Grande High School students have been arrested after a shelter-in-place at the school.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to reports of a fight between multiple students. BCSO says there was a report of a firearm involved, however, no shots were reported fired.

BCSO and APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy hold a conference following the shelter-in-place at Rio Grande High School on Thursday, November 21, 2019. (KRQE News 13 | Nick Burke)

SWAT also responded to the scene to ensure the school’s safety. In videos shared online, the SWAT team can be seen looking for a student.

They call out his name, and tell him to put his hands behind his head.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales says three students were arrested. Two have been charged with robbery, battery and conspiracy.

The third student who had the gun has been charged with armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a firearm on school grounds.

“Our investigators are currently interviewing everyone. We don’t know all the details… I do know that there was a fight that ensued. I think what we want to emphasize is, this could have been another tragedy in the Albuquerque, Metro area,” said Sheriff Manny Gonzales.

The sheriff said they didn’t find a gun on any of the students involved in the incident, but after looking through surveillance video, they were able to locate it.

APS released the following statement shortly after the shelter-in-place was lifted.

This morning, Rio Grande High School was placed in a shelter-in-place due to a reported fight between multiple students. There also were reports of a gun involved. All students are safe and the shelter-in-place has been lifted. Parents may pick up their students in the commons. You must have a photo ID. School will dismiss at 2:25 p.m. and buses will run as usual. Students who drove to school need parents to come to school to give permission to allow students to drive off campus. 

Albuqueque Public Schools

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