Warrant issued for teen accused in January homicide

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of a suspect accused in a January murder. According to a criminal complaint, 15-year-old Josef Toney is accused of shooting and killing two women and injuring a man at an apartment complex near Jefferson and Montgomery on January 27, 2021. Police say witnesses identified Toney as the shooter and when interviewed, Toney told police he knew one of the victims.

The women were later identified as Aerial Mallam, 21, and Jessica Casaus Lucero, 31. Both women died at the scene. Toney is also accused of shooting a third individual three times as he fled the apartment. The victim survived his wounds.

As he tried to take a vehicle, Toney exchanged gunfire with a fourth individual. Police report Toney was shot and survived his wounds, fleeing the scene on foot. The teen is being charged with two open counts of murder, armed robbery, two counts of aggravated battery, child abuse, and tampering with evidence.

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