Guns, ammo found in teen’s car at Atrisco Heritage Academy


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A 16-year old high school student is facing charges after deputies found the student with two loaded guns inside of his car on campus.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Daniel Acuna Tuesday afternoon at Atrisco Heritage High School following an anonymous tip that the sophomore was seen on Snapchat video shooting a gun off out of a moving car.

“He had a firearm in what looked like to be his personal vehicle and was shooting the firearm,” said Kyle Hartsock, special agent-in-charge for the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Crimes Strategies Unit.

According to court documents, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Officers found a loaded Glock 30 and Glock 35 in Acuna’s vehicle Tuesday.

A copy of the video released Friday by the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office shows multiple other videos and photos posted to Acuna’s Snapchat account, appearing to show the teen offering marijuana for sale and showing off several different firearms.

“Based on his own social media accounts, we can see that he’d been likely doing this, potentially for some time and just finally got caught,” Hartsock said. “This is a potentially really dangerous person.”

According to charging documents, Acuna is facing one count of possessing deadly weapons on a school campus, and another count of unlawful carrying a handgun by a person under age 19.

“If they’re feeling so bold that they can bring a gun on to a school campus, you know why do we they think they wouldn’t bring it or use it anywhere else?” Hartsock said.

While prosecutors attempted to keep Acuna locked up in juvenile custody in a hearing Thursday, a special master overseeing Acuna’s court appearance chose to release the teen.

“I am going to conditionally release him to his father’s care,” said Ted Martinez, the special master overseeing Acuna’s Thursday hearing.

Acuna was released to the custody of his parents and was ordered to a nightly curfew of 6 p.m. with random drug testing.

During the Thursday hearing, a juvenile probation officer even encouraged Acuna’s parents to withdrawal the teen from APS before the district suspends the 16-year old long-term.

By withdrawing Acuna’s enrollment in APS, the juvenile probation officer indicated that the move would keep APS from enacting any kind of official suspension, which could prevent Acuna’s future re-enrollment in other APS schools.

“We’re having to learn how to figure out loopholes with the systems because systems aren’t working together,” said the juvenile probation officer.

Prosecutors objected to the judge’s ruling and the probation officer’s recommendation.

“This person brought two very dangerous loaded weapons, loaded magazines to school!” said the prosecutor. “He doesn’t belong on school grounds, he’s a danger to them.”

Prosecutors are appealing the ruling and asking for Acuna to be kept in juvenile detention.

Authorities also searched Acuna’s home but didn’t find any other weapons or drugs there. These are Acuna’s first charges in juvenile court.

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