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Arrest made in March fatal shooting


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Monique Cruz Terrazas

Roswell Police on Wednesday formally charged a woman in an 8-month-old homicide that occurred on the south side of the city.

On Wednesday, Monique Cruz Terrazas was charged with one count each of first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence in the March fatal shooting of Robert Francis Sorbo Jr., 31, according to a press release issued by the Roswell Police Department.

Terrazas was served with the warrant at the Chaves County Detention Center, where she has been held since June on charges unrelated to Sorbo’s death.

Sorbo was found dead March 16 at 6:45 p.m. near Y O Road, east from Old Y O Crossing Road and just south of the Roswell Air Center. According to the press release, it was later determined Sorbo had been shot in the neck.

“Investigators believe Tarrazas’ shooting of Sorbo was sparked by Terrazas’ jealousy regarding Sorbos’ interactions with Terrazas’ ex-girlfriend,” the press release states.

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Investigators believe that just before Sorbo was shot, Terrazas was giving Sorbo a ride, when the vehicle stopped just south of the Air Center.

After forcing him from the vehicle, it is believed Terrazas shot Sorbo and then later disposed of the weapon, according to the press release.

The press release states that with Wednesday’s arrest of Terrazas, the RPD has been able to close all 11 of the homicide cases they have been investigating in the first 11 months of 2021. Of those, there have been arrests in nine of them while the remaining two were found to be instances of justified self-defense.

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

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