NMSP arrest Gomez for homicide

December 31, 2013 • Local News


The New Mexico State Police arrested Adalberto (Albert) Gomez, 24, in Las Cruces around 7 p.m. Monday. Gomez was wanted on charges of murder for the slaying of Juan (Pun) Gonzales that occurred around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, when officers from the Roswell Police Department responded to Pecan Place in reference to a shots-fired call. Upon arrival, officers discovered Gonzales, 26, dead on his living room floor as the result of gunshot wounds.

Gonzales was a witness for the defense, following in the July 15, 2012, shooting death of Ruben (Hammer) Archuleta Sr., 48, and Ruben Archuleta Jr., 19. Gregory Hobbs was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after he shot the two men in defense of his friend Pun. Since that time, the situation between Gonzales and Archuleta family members was described as tense.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, Monday, the suspect arrived at Gonzales’ home and started shooting through the front door. Initial reports from family members were confused with several different Login to read more

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