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Man arrested, charged in double homicide

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Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with a recent double homicide shooting.

Ignacio Juan Gamez (Submitted Photo)

Ignacio Juan Gamez, 29, of Roswell, was arrested and charged Saturday afternoon with two counts of second-degree murder as well as counts of tampering with evidence and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

He was officially served with the arrest warrants for the deaths of Roswell residents Crystal Aguilar, 38, and Mark Montoya, 33.

According to the press release, as of Saturday, Gamez was being held without bond at the Chaves County Detention Center.

Gamez was taken into custody early Friday afternoon after police developed information that led them to a residence in the south Roswell neighborhood known as “the base,” the release states.

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When police arrived at the residence and found Gamez there, he emerged from the residence at the instruction of officers.

Gamez was subsequently taken into custody without incident on an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation in an unrelated case.

Gamez was initially named as a person of interest in a Tuesday shooting in the 500 block of Kansas Avenue. Police were dispatched to the area in response to several calls of shots fired, where Aguilar and Montoya were found shot multiple times in the backyard of a residence.

Aguilar was pronounced dead at the scene. Montoya, who was initially described as being in critical condition, was airlifted to a hospital for treatment. He died from his wounds Thursday.

Investigators believe that before the shooting, Gamez was in an argument with one or both of the victims about money that he allegedly owed one of them, the press release states.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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