Suspect arrested in armed robberies of postal workers
20-year-old received probation for link to 2016 slaying
A man charged previously in connection with a high-profile 2016 homicide is behind bars again after allegedly robbing at least three postal workers at gunpoint over the past three months in Albuquerque.
Cisco Casaus-Alires, 20, is charged in federal court with robbery of a mail carrier, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, mail theft and bank fraud. It was not clear Tuesday whether he had an attorney.
In 2018, Casaus-Alires was sentenced in state District Court to supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the death of 18-year-old Aliyah Garcia. Garcia was shot in May 2016 while sitting in her boyfriend’s vehicle in the South Valley.
Casaus-Alires told deputies that the group he was with planned to steal marijuana from a person who lived close to where Garcia was parked. When the plan failed, some members of the group shot up the house.
Casaus-Alires’ brother, Carlos Alires, and three others were sentenced to more than a decade in prison in the case.
Since then, Casaus-Alires has been arrested on child abuse, battery, stolen gun and drug charges.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court:
Casaus-Alires came to the attention of authorities in late December after robbing a postal worker around 1:30 p.m. in the university area.
The postal worker told authorities a man with “Jeremiah” tattooed over his eyebrow robbed him with a gun as he was delivering mail. The postal worker said the robber took his wallet, phone and keys
before stealing packages from the mail truck.
The postal worker told authorities the robber’s vehicle was already full of packages and mail, and the robber asked him where all the “good stuff” gets delivered before fleeing.
A confidential informant tipped agents off to Casaus-Alires, who has “Jeremiah” tattooed over his eye, and said he had robbed other postal workers. Soon after, Casaus-Alires was caught on security cameras using the postal worker’s stolen credit card to make purchases at Lowe’s and Target.
When agents arrested Casaus-Alires on Jan. 14, he allegedly told them he had robbed two other postal workers at gunpoint, incidents which were already being investigated by the U.S. Postal Service.
Casaus-Alires told agents the first happened around 5 p.m. Nov. 7 when he robbed a postal worker of his wallet, phone, and all the packages and mail in his truck.
Then, on Dec. 26, Casaus-Alires said he robbed another postal worker, taking the mail and packages from his truck, his keys and a lunch box.