Albuquerque, NM - Two carjacking victims from Los Lunas, Christal Holliday, age 23, and Juan Saavedra, age 37, decided to take a vigilante approach to handling the incident and punished the suspect themselves.
According to KRQE, Saavedra's Pontiac was stolen in a carjacking this week. Both Juan Saavedra and Christal Holliday reported the incident to the Albuquerque Police Department. The Pontiac was located on Wednesday, at an apartment complex near San Pedro and Montgomery.
The two victims picked up the car and were told that two teenagers had been detained. And this is when things got interesting. Saavedra and Holliday apparently played detective and learned who at least one of the teenagers was. They went to the 7-11 at Carlisle and Candelaria Wednesday afternoon, where Saavedra got into a confrontation with one of the teenagers.
He pointed what appeared to be an AK-47 at the teen, who was not identified, dragged the teen, and hit him in the head with the gun. The gun went off and the teen was shot in the ear. The teen told officers later that he was thrown in the trunk of Saavedra's vehicle, that his face was covered with a bandana, and the two victims, now suspects, drove to Los Lunas.
The intent according to the victims turned suspects was to "punish him."
The teen claims that his wrists were zip-tied, that ropes were placed around his ankles, and that he was tazed 'about 50 times.' He said that eventually they drove him to a remote area and threw him in a five-foot deep hole.
The thief also said that both suspects, who he did not know prior to either incident, threatened to kill him and his family if he told police. Saavedra and Holliday then drove the teen back to Albuquerque, and let him go. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and then released.
The teen did admit to police at some point that he and his friend had carjacked the vehicle. Both Juan Saavedra and Christal Holliday were arrested on Thursday night, and charged with Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy and Tampering with Evidence.
In court on Friday, Judge Sharon Walton said "I am concerned about the allegations, particularly about the fact that this is alleged to have been a retaliation for a prior incident and that there is a video and that a firearm was discharged..." She set bond at $50,000 each.
No details have been released on whether the teens have been charged in the carjacking.
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