Albuquerque Journal

Suspect arrested in armed robberies of postal workers

20-year-old received probation for link to 2016 slaying

- BY MATTHEW REISEN JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

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.

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