Santa Fe police on Friday arrested two teenage boys in connection with a number of shootings and aggravated assaults that occurred over the past three weeks.

One of the boys, a 16-year-old, is charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

The other, 15, is charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and shooting at or from a motor vehicle, according to a news release. 

Police said the teens were involved in a drive-by shooting June 5 in the 4300 block of Jaguar Loop. No one was injured in the shooting, but a vehicle was damaged by gunfire.

Police arrested the teens while serving search warrants in the 3000 block of Primo Colores and in the 2500 block of Camino Cabestro. The suspects were being held in the Santa Fe County jail and will be transferred to the San Juan Juvenile Detention Center in Farmington.

In addition to the drive-by shooting, detectives have linked the teens to other shootings and aggravated assaults, according to the release.

(10) comments

Carolyn DM

Oh, I bet the parents of these little punks were shocked when the SWAT team showed up at their homes yesterday morning to arrest their, "good little hitos"!! Great job, SFPD!!

B. Rosen

Thankfully these kids didn’t kill anyone. Why are children driving around with firearms? There are too many guns in the wrong hands in our community.

Khal Spencer

Also, there are too many "wrong hands". Between the drugs, poor education, failed families, violent subcultures, and revolving door justice system, there are too many guns getting into too many wrong hands. No shortage of either.

Joseph Tafoya

If our so-called justice system wants to impress on young people how serious a crime this is, then maybe the system should come down hard on them to leave that impression.

Andrew Lucero

Mark my words, these kids will face ZERO consequences for their actions. If our worthless DA decides to pursue this case, she will ensure they only get a slap on the wrist with a wet noodle.

Joseph Tafoya

Maybe these two would-be candidates for Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmackaltweis's diversionary programming?

Khal Spencer

Actually, sometimes there is hope for this sort of situation. My earlier comment, stupidity vs. gang (or if they are one and the same) can be reversed by impressing these youngsters with the damage they are doing and that their behavior is leading them down a dead-end street. I think a lot of the violence prevention efforts elsewhere (Ceasefire Oakland, Ceasefire Chicago, etc) are based on something resembling restorative justice and awareness raising.

Certainly sending them to the Greybar Hotel where they can get advanced degrees in Criminality Studies is a problematic approach. But I'm not an expert in this field nor do I play one on TV.

Khal Spencer

Gang related or stupid related?

Andrew Lucero

They are one in the same Khal... Everyone knows being a complete stupid idiot is a prerequisite to joining a gang.

Maria Bautista

Andrew say that to the Banditos.

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