Fed­eral charges for Cir­cle K sus­pect

Pros­e­cu­tors say rob­bery sus­pect was mis­tak­enly re­leased from jail

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM - BY RYAN BOETEL JOUR­NAL STAFF WRITER

A man ac­cused of shoot­ing and in­jur­ing two peo­ple dur­ing an armed rob­bery at an Al­bu­querque Cir­cle K last week was ar­rested by FBI agents Thurs­day morn­ing and is now fac­ing a fed­eral pros­e­cu­tion.

Eric Red­dick, 22, would have been in jail at the time of the al­leged rob­bery had pros­e­cu­tors not “checked the wrong box,” which led to dis­missal of a pre­vi­ous case against him, District At­tor­ney Raúl Tor­rez pre­vi­ously said.

Ear­lier this week, a crim­i­nal com­plaint was filed in fed­eral court against Red­dick charg­ing him with in­ter­fer­ence with in­ter­state com­merce by rob­bery and fed­eral firearms laws. He ap­peared on Thurs­day be­fore U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Steven Yar­brough, who or­dered that Red­dick re­main in cus­tody un­til a de­ten­tion hear­ing sched­uled for this morn­ing.

Al­bu­querque po­lice ar­rested Red­dick on Oct. 6 on sus­pi­cion of armed rob­bery, stolen ve­hi­cle and ag­gra­vated bat­tery charges af­ter they said he held up the Cir­cle K at Wy­oming and Clare­mont NE at gun­point. As he was leav­ing the scene, a wit­ness tried to take Red­dick’s pic­ture and he fired sev­eral rounds into the store, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. Bul­let frag­ments struck two peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

Red­dick and an ac­com­plice were later taken into cus­tody by po­lice at a Denny’s park­ing lot at San An­to­nio and In­ter­state 25.

An FBI agent wrote in the com­plaint that Cir­cle K is a world­wide fran­chise that re­ceives prod­ucts from ware­houses through­out the coun­try. So the rob­bery af­fected in­ter­state com­merce, which is a vi­o­la­tion of fed­eral law, so the case will be pros­e­cuted in fed­eral court.

State charges against Red­dick were dis­missed in fa­vor of the fed­eral pros­e­cu­tion, ac­cord­ing to the a news re­lease from the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

District At­tor­ney Tor­rez pre­vi­ously said a state district judge in July had or­dered that Red­dick re­main in cus­tody un­til his trial on stolen ve­hi­cle, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and other state charges.

But pros­e­cu­tors failed to meet the dead­line to in­dict Red­dick, the case was dis­missed and he was re­leased from jail. Tor­rez said pros­e­cu­tors mis­cat­e­go­rized the case and then didn’t present it to a grand jury.

Eric Red­dick

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