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Wed Apr 14, 2021, 08:43 AM

Albuquerque sees uptick in homicides at hotels

As the city of Albuquerque is now paced to shatter its previous homicide record, people are starting to take notice of more homicides occurring at a certain type of business: hotels.

In the past three days, two homicides have occurred at Albuquerque hotels. This year alone, there have been nine hotel homicides, three of which occurred on Hotel Circle in northeast Albuquerque. There were zero hotel homicides recorded in 2020.

APD Chief Harold Medina said the pandemic-induced economic stress, loss of employment, and increased drug use has driven violent crime into the area. "In the past couple weeks, I've met with several motel, hotel owners, managers. We're working to organize a meeting in the next week or so with a larger group,” he said.

Chief Medina said they identified this trend earlier in the year, and are working to empower hotel owners. However, Medina said APD’s resources are limited.


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