Police say pair of teens killed homeless man for sport

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Police believe a pair of Albuquerque teens left a birthday party, killed a homeless man for sport, then returned to the party. 

Tuesday afternoon, police announced they had linked the two boys to the month-old murder where a homeless man was found shot 12 times on the sidewalk. 

“No gang affiliation that we know of, but absolutely cold-blooded killers. And they’re just juveniles. It’s totally disturbing,” Officer Simon Drobik said. “Officers, especially homicide detectives, are extremely worried about their violent behavior, and they killed this guy for no other reason than just for fun.”

According to the arrest warrants, 15-year-old Timothy Chavez and 17-year-old Anthony Gallegos were at a birthday party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near the Big-I on March 18. 

Police say the teens left sometime before 4:30 a.m., walked a few blocks down Menaul and shot the homeless man six times. 

The victim was later identified as Ronnie Ross. 

The arrest affidavit states the teens then went back to the party and Timothy Chavez bragged to people that he had shot the man in the back, describing him as a “hobo.” Then they went back to check on the body. 

“They believed he was still alive and then Anthony shot him another six times while he was on the ground,” Drobik said. 

APD says some of those party goers eventually came forward about what they had heard, but only after they learned the two were already in jail for shooting a drug dealer in the face a few days later. 

“They went to buy marijuana from an individual,” Drobik explained. “They ripped him off and then basically shot him in the face and he is now in critical condition.”

The warrants state one of the teens dropped the gun while running from police after shooting the homeless man on March 18. Detectives then traced their gun to a drive-by shooting in early March where no one was hurt. 

Police don’t think the boys are connected to any of the other murders of homeless people the city has seen over the past year. 

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