Roswell Police Department arrested Raymond Hobbs, 20, on charges of second degree murder for the shooting death of Tony Macks, 48. The victim was found in the alley along the 1600 block of South Mulberry Avenue. The homicide occurred a little before midnight last Thursday. When officers arrived at the scene, they located the victim’s body. He had been shot in the head. In the court records, the first investigator said the wound was located in the right rear portion of the head and showed signs of close contact with the weapon.
According to the criminal complaint, Hobbs also lived in the 1600 block of South Mulberry. A search of his residence, two doors down from where the victim’s body was found, yielded a large cache of ammunition. On Saturday, Hobbs was called out from the home of a next door neighbor and was arrested on an existing warrant for failure to pay fines.
The court document records a witness describing a scene where: “he (Hobbs) came out of nowhere.” Hobbs was not alone. He arrived in the company of Eric Sedillo. The victim and Hobbs began to fight, and Hobbs produced a handgun.
The complaint states that the victim stood between the open door and the car. Macks attempted to get a hold of a shotgun he had inside the vehicle when: “Eric took off running, and Raymond shot Tony in the head.”
In their statements two witnesses told the police that Macks had back problems, often using a walking stick when in public and a wheelchair at home. Another reported that Hobbs told Tony earlier in the evening he (Hobbs) was going to beat the other man up.
In a conversation overheard at the Chaves County Detention Center, Gregory Hobbs told his younger brother Raymond that he was “proud” of him because Raymond “did what he had to do.” Gregory Hobbs is awaiting sentencing after conviction of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting deaths of Ruben Archuleta Jr. and Ruben Archuleta Sr.
Hobbs remains at CCDC on a $1 million cash or surety bond. James Stewart has been eliminated from the enquiries, but Eric Sedillo remains a person of interest in the case. The police are still seeking the assistance of the public in locating Sedillo. Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is urged to contact the RPD at 575-624-6770, or Crime Stoppers 1-800-594-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers could be eligible for a reward.