14-year-old accused of slashing woman’s throat arrested


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on charges of kidnapping, robbery, aggravated battery, and tampering with evidence. Jovanny Rios was apprehended by Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies at Ernie Pyle Middle School on Friday.

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Officials say a 23-year-old woman went to UNMH on May 3 with lacerations to her throat. According to authorities, the woman met the teen on Snapchat and they agreed to meet at Valle Del Bosque Park on Sunset Rd.

Following an investigation, deputies discovered Rios and the woman were inside her vehicle when he reportedly attacked her with a razor blade, slashing her throat multiple times and choking her. A press release from BCSO states the woman then crawled to the back seat of the car and tried to exit, but Rios overpowered her.

He stole the woman’s phone, purse, and firearm. That’s when another vehicle arrived which Rios got into and fled.

The woman was able to drive herself to UNMH where she was taken into surgery. She reportedly did not know Rios’s name or correct age during the attack. BCSO investigators later received a confession from Rios and report Rios told authorities his friend wanted him to kill the woman and rob her in order to pay off a debt.

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