FBI offers $2,000 reward in ABQ hate crime case

August 28th, 2014 at 5:14 pm by under Latest Posts

The FBI is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for attacking and robbing an Albuquerque woman while yelling obscenities about Muslims.

The FBI, which is working closely with the Albuquerque Police Department on this case, is investigating this incident as a hate crime.

On June 5, 2014, an unknown masked man forced his way into the victim’s home in Albuquerque

The victim said the suspect punched her in the head and stomach while yelling obscenities about Muslims. The victim and her family are not Muslim, and immigrated to the United States in 2008.

The victim said the man ordered her to show him where her gold and money were located. A substantial amount of gold and cash was reportedly stolen.

The suspect also tore up citizenship papers belonging to the victim and her family.

“A man forcing himself into a woman’s home, beating her up and robbing her, is a crime that should make people angry,” said Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque FBI Division. “When such an attacker also denigrates what he perceives to be his victim’s religion, it should make all Americans feel disgusted. The FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department take this crime very seriously, and we will leave no stone unturned until we bring this culprit to justice.”

The suspect is described as being approximately 5’9″ to 5’10″ with a pale complexion, blue eyes, and large muscles. He wore a black ski mask that covered his whole head (except for his eyes), blue winter gloves, a baggy, yellow short-sleeved polo shirt with no markings, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the FBI in Albuquerque at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.
Tips also can be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov.

An FBI wanted poster can be downloaded from: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/hate-crime-investigation-2/view

Detailed information about the FBI’s Civil Rights Program, including the fight against hate crimes, can be found at: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights

Quiet Weather Through Holiday Weekend

August 28th, 2014 at 3:04 pm by under Weather

The storm system that brought showers and storms Tuesday and Wednesday is now leaving Colorado. Behind it, drier air is setting up for the next several days. Expect lots of sunshine with temperatures still on the cooler side Friday afternoon.

Saturday remains quiet, but temperatures slowly start to warm through the weekend. By Sunday and Labor Day Monday, afternoon highs in Albuquerque will reach the low 90s. Meanwhile, the southeast will warm into the upper 90s. A few locations could push 100°!

Another storm will pass even farther to our north during the day Sunday. Showers are unlikely across most of the state. However, winds will be elevated during the day Sunday, making for a breezy afternoon.

This Week's Weather

Quiet weather into the holiday weekend with gradually warming temps.

Rock and Rhythm Youth Orchestra launching at South Broadway

August 28th, 2014 at 9:00 am by under Latest Posts

In September, the first Rock and Rhythm Youth Orchestra for highly motivated high school students will launch at South Broadway Cultural Center.

The program is seeking high school students who love music and are looking for an exciting, non-traditional collaborative musical experience.

The 10-week program offers them the opportunity to improve on their musical skills and experience what it’s like to play in a band.

The program is open to all high school string players and rock band musicians. Those who play violin, viola, cello, upright bass, guitar, electric bass, keyboards, and drums may apply, as well as vocalists.

Interested students must sign up for interviews that begin the first week in September. While some musical talent and experience is valued, the right attitude and motivation to play music is an important factor.

For interview information, click here»,  e-mail rockandrhythmfoundation@gmail.com, or call at 505-715-5066.

Day Planner: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

August 28th, 2014 at 7:18 am by under Weather

After a pleasantly cool start we will see a beautiful day for much of the state.  It will be partly cloudy, warm and dry…for most.  A few isolated showers and storms will remain possible in NE parts of the state and parts of the N. Mtns.   The limited and localized rain chance that we have today will drop out of the forecast tomorrow.  Statewide we’ll have mostly sunny and dry skies.  Today, partly cloudy and warm, highs near 85°.  Tonight, mostly clear and cool, lows near 61°.


5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

August 28th, 2014 at 6:00 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts, Morning Show

5. A plant to help with flood control is causing concerns because it’s also poisonous. The City of Albuquerque planted the Virginia Creeper vine at Zuni park to help keep water from running into the street. But the City admits, the plant’s berries are toxic. Neighbors are concerned the children or animals will eat the berries, and get sick.

4. Protesters took to the streets of Albuquerque again last night. They’re opposed to a national law enforcement shooting competition scheduled to take place in the city. They say the competition is inappropriate given the number of police shootings.

3. Santa Fe’s City Council voted five to four last night to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. There were questions whether the City could get the measure on the November ballot, so instead, councilors passed the law themselves. Santa Fe’s Mayor supports the decision.

2. The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating a plane crash that killed four people near the Las Cruces airport last night. Witnesses tell State Police the plane was flying low before it went down shortly after takeoff, about a mile south of Interstate 10. The plane burst into flames on impact, killing everyone on board. So far, no names have been released. The plane was headed to Phoenix.

1. Expect it to be drier and warmer today. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88 and northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Tonight partly cloudy, with a low around 58, a 5 to 10 mph northwest wind becoming light and variable in the evening.