Post by Scumhunter on Aug 1, 2014 10:17:06 GMT -5
(Additional Photos and wanted posters on Michael S. Sanchez Facebook page: www.facebook.com/michaels.sanchez.12/media_set?set=a.1533478150203732.1073741830.100006246841314&type=3)
Admin Note #1: According to online articles, if you have any information on this case, call Albuquerque Crime Stoppers at (505) 843-7867. Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, contact Crime Stoppers (505) 843-7867. You can also submit an anonymous web tip to them by clicking on this link: www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=531
"As Albuquerque police search for the man accused of stabbing and killing his neighbor this week, the victim’s family is raising money to bury someone they describe as a “good kid” who could never have hurt the dog at the center of the confrontation.
Ricardo Villanueva-Cordova, 33, has been charged with murder and tampering with evidence in connection with Tuesday’s killing of 27-year-old Michael S. Sanchez, according to court records.
Police said that, before the stabbing, Sanchez and Villanueva-Cordova got into an argument at Villanueva-Cordova’s home, next to Sanchez’s, at the Longview Mobile Home Park in the 10000 block of West Central over Villanueva-Cordova’s barking dog.
Sanchez had called animal control about the Chihuahua several times, to no avail, according to the victim’s father, Richard Sanchez.
Relatives of Villanueva-Cordova declined comment on Thursday outside their home.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, police responded at about 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday to a call at a Valero gas station at 98th and Central, where a man later identified as Michael Sanchez was found bleeding after being repeatedly stabbed.
A witness told police he saw Sanchez on the ground screaming and a man on top of him with his knee on Sanchez’s chest, stabbing him repeatedly.
The witness said the attacker got into a beige and maroon older model Chevy Z-71 truck. Police traced the truck’s license plate number to Villanueva-Cordova.
An “ongoing disagreement” between Villanueva-Cordova and Sanchez flared when Sanchez went to Villanueva-Cordova’s home earlier Tuesday morning “cussing and complaining” over the dog’s barking, the criminal complaint states. A short time later, Villanueva-Cordova’s family heard their dog yelping, and they found the dog hurt and bleeding.
“Family members assumed, because of the earlier disagreement, Michael may have been responsible for the dog’s injuries,” according to the complaint.
Sanchez’s father disputed that idea in a telephone conversation Thursday.
“He probably did threaten the owner, man to man, but my son loved animals,” Richard Sanchez said. “He was good with animals. There would be no way he would do anything to hurt an animal.”
He said his son was just promoted to lot manager at West Side used car dealership and that, after dropping out of Rio Grande High School, he got his GED and bought his own trailer. He “kept to himself, he worked hard, trying to pay off his trailer, just trying to make it, like everybody else,” Richard Sanchez said. “He was a good kid.”
Another family member suggested reasons to doubt his involvement in the dog-car run-in that may have triggered the attack. “I don’t think he did it unless it was an ongoing situation and he was to the fed-up point,” his sister, Julianna Sanchez, 29, said Thursday.
She said APD took her brother’s car to test its wheels for any evidence of them having come into contact with an animal. She said another dog was recently run over in her brother’s neighborhood.
After the dog was injured and while the family was tending to it, Villanueva-Cordova left the home, according to the criminal complaint. Witnesses at the gas station said they saw a truck matching the description of Villanueva-Cordova’s truck speed up just before the stabbing.
While officers were talking to family members, Villanueva-Cordova’s girlfriend, Ofelia Gardea, arrived. She told officers Villanueva-Cordova called her Tuesday morning, “upset,” and told her, “I stabbed and killed somebody, the neighbor ran over the dog,” the criminal complaint states.
Villanueva-Cordova asked Gardea to go his home and watch over his mother, according to the complaint, which also said family members told police it’s possible Villanueva-Cordova fled to Mexico"
Additional Admin Note #1: On June 24th, 2014, Cordova-Villanueva was indicted by a grand jury and a warrant was put out for his arrest charging him with first-degree murder. Above information in wanted poster is accurate except Villanueva-Cordova is now 35 years-old.
Additional Admin Note #2: On November 14th, 2014, the case of Ricardo Villanueva-Cordova was given a mention on the Unsolved Mysteries website. As a result, it has been moved to the fugitives profiled by tv shows section. Also, another reminder that you can remain anonymous when reporting this case to Crime Stoppers.
Additional Age-enhanced photos from Michael S Sanchez Facebook page (artist credit: Randall Sands):
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