Two individuals were detained within minutes of the crime Saturday on suspicion of murder, kidnapping, robbery and child abuse. (Child abuse charges will likely be levied because at least five children were in the restaurant when the crime occurred.)
The two detainees who are believed to be suspects are in their late 20s to early 30s. They are from South America. Their names have yet to be released. Police are working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. At the time of the crime, at least four masked men with rifles and handguns burst into the restaurant around 9:30 a.m. They demanded money. During the incident, the teenage employee was fatally. Her name has yet to be released. The robbers took an undetermined amount of cash.
10 similar robberies have occurred in the Albuquerque area in the past year. This was the first shooting. 100 restaurant patrons were traumatized by the incident, including at least five children. Unlike the family of the slain teen, the others will likely recover from the incident.