ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Homicide detectives have arrested a second person in connection with the 2021 murder of a man at a southwest Albuquerque park. Three others are still wanted in connection to the murder of Ryan Saavedra Jr.

The Albuquerque Police Department reports that the suspects set up a drug transaction through social media, intending to rob Ryan Saavedra Jr. and his girlfriend at Westgate Heights Park.

Police state that 19-year-old Arianna Hawkins is accused of setting up the transaction on the night of April 20, 2021. Following the transaction, 19-year-old Ajole Guzman allegedly sprayed Saavedra in the face with mace.


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Authorities report that as Saavedra’s girlfriend tried to drive away, 21-year-old Domminick Mullen allegedly shot and killed Saavedra who was in the passenger seat of the fleeing car. APD reports that the three suspects then jumped in a car driven by 21-year-old Christian Benson and fled the scene.

A fifth individual identified as 19-year-old Elijah Tafoya also knew of the robbery plan. Police report that all five suspects are charged in connection with the murder.

The five suspects are facing the following charges:

  • Domminick Muller: Charged with murder, attempt to commit a felony (robbery) and conspiracy
  • Arianna Hawkins: Charged with attempt to commit a felony (robbery) and conspiracy
  • Christian Benson: Charged with murder, attempt to commit a felony (robbery) and conspiracy
  • Ajole Guzman: Charged with murder, attempt to commit a felony (robbery) and conspiracy
  • Elijah Tafoya: Charged with attempt to commit a felony (robbery) and conspiracy

Benson is currently in custody and is charged in another case. On Wednesday, Jan. 26, APD provided an update on the case, stating Hawkins was arrested on her warrant connected to the murder.

The suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 242-COPS or Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.

(Courtesy APD)