At just after 7 p.m. June 1, New Mexico State Police agents and officers spotted a vehicle containing two suspects wanted in a triple homicide and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in El Prado and both suspects were taken into custody without incident.
John Powell, 34, of Taos and Roger Gage 33, Gage of Arroyo Hondo were booked into the Rio Arriba County Detention Center on charges of First Degree Murder (3 counts), Conspiracy to commit First Degree Murder, Aggravated Burglary, and Conspiracy to commit Aggravated Burglary.
The case began at around 8 p.m. Wednesday when New Mexico State Police was notified of a possible homicide at House #107 on State Road 580 near Dixon. When officers arrived at the residence, they found three deceased bodies inside. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate the triple homicide.
After the scene was processed by the State Police Crime Scene Team, and additional investigation was conducted and State Police agents identified Powell and Gage as the suspects in the case. Arrest warrants were issued for both Powell and Gage who were believed to be armed and dangerous.
No additional details will be released until after the suspects have been interviewed, and follow up investigation is conducted.