Police have arrested the suspect in the murder of a UNM baseball player, after he was on the run for a week.
“They used investigative techniques to locate him. They were able to find and confirm that this was the offender,” says APD Spokesperson, Gilbert Gallegos.
Albuquerque Police have been looking for 23-year old Darian Bashir since Jackson Weller was gunned down in Nob Hill last Saturday.
“This is only the beginning of the investigation. They need to corroborate evidence, strengthen their case,” Gallegos says.
Police say Bashir shot and killed the UNM baseball player around 2:00 a.m. near Imbibe Cigar Bar.
According to a criminal complaint, Weller got into a fight with some people. Bashir was not one of them, but he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Weller in the chest. That was all caught on surveillance video.
Police publicly identified Bashir as the suspect yesterday, and by early this morning, he was found at an apartment complex in the Northeast Heights.
“He did try to flee the scene when officers tried to detain him. So they quickly got him into custody without any trouble,” says Gallegos.
Bashir has a violent criminal history. Online court records show he was charged for a shooting on Central outside another bar in 2017, but that case was dismissed.
He was also charged in a more recent case for shooting from a vehicle, but he was released in that case.
Yesterday, Bernalillo County DA Raul Torrez expressed frustration with the pre-trial detention law that is supposed to keep violent offenders locked up.
“Because of that, I think it’s time we face the fact that the preventative detention system we’ve been trying to work through the last couple years, simply isn’t working,” said Torrez.
APD and the DA’s Office say they’ve worked diligently to ensure justice for Jackson Weller going forward.
“I think everyone wanted to get it right and make sure they had a solid case against this offender,” says Gallegos.
Bashir is expected to face a Metro Court judge tomorrow to be arraigned. It’s likely the state will once again file a motion to keep him locked up until trial.