Suspect identified in 2019 shooting outside Central Grill

Crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After more than a year-long investigation, new court documents reveal a teen is accused of a murder along Central. Last year, 43-year-old Isaac Candelaria was gunned down near Central and Rio Grande in broad daylight.

Detectives say then 18-year-old Elijah Amos was trying to steal Candelaria’s bicycle at a bus stop. Candelaria tackled Amos, that’s when police say Amos shot and killed him.

Amos took off on the bike, prompting a massive search near Tingley Beach. Just this year, witnesses came forward with new information about the case. Police say the suspect told his story to someone identified as a “concerned citizen.” Amos told the “concerned citizen” he hid in the Bosque for two days. Police also found out that he was staying at a shelter prior to the shooting.

Police identified Amos through his possessions left at the shelter and through a chat he had on Facebook. In the chats, Amos talked about the scene, hiding from police and getting rid of the weapon.

Investigators then used DNA found on the stolen bike to connect Amos to the crime, and arrested him. He has been charged with murder.

Another unidentified “concerned citizen” came forward earlier this month and agreed to testify against Amos. His first court appearance on the murder charged is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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