ALBUQUERQUE — Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced Thursday that Malachi Alan Crockett was arraigned on an indictment charging him with three counts of carjacking, one count of attempted carjacking, and using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Crockett, 18, of Albuquerque, will remain in custody pending trial.
A federal grand jury indicted Crockett April 27. According to the indictment and other court records, March 21, Crockett and accomplices allegedly approached the first victim, identified as Jane Doe 1, while she was stopped in her car, a white Nissan sedan, at the intersection of 86th St SW and Tower Road SW. One of the individuals brandished a handgun and pointed it directly at Doe 1. Doe 1 opened her car door and fled.
A second victim, identified in court documents as Jane Doe 2, was parked on the south side of the Westgate Community Park in a grey Chevrolet SUV, waiting for her children. Doe 2 observed the white Nissan pull in front of her vehicle, blocking her in. Two individuals got out of the car and approached her. Doe 2 observed one of the individuals pointing a handgun at her head. Doe 2 exited the vehicle and fled.
A witness at the park observed the second carjacking as she drove by the incident. The white Nissan then began to follow her, and she observed the occupants pointing firearms at her. She accelerated away and heard multiple gunshots before observing the grey Chevrolet approaching her then striking a tree. An individual exited the Chevrolet with a handgun, and she attempted to drive away and observed the white Nissan following her and the occupants shooting at her vehicle. The witness lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a residence. The white Nissan stopped behind her and the individuals exited the car with handguns and the witness fled her vehicle on foot.
A short time later, two victims identified as Jane Doe 3 and John Doe, were driving near Carlos Rey Elementary when they observed the white Nissan. A young male exited the vehicle with a handgun and ran towards Jane Doe 3 and John Doe, pointing the handgun at them. As he approached, Jane Doe 3 drove away at a high rate of speed.
A few minutes later, Jane Doe 4 was approaching the intersection of Barbados Avenue SW and Gibson Boulevard SW in a red Chevrolet hatchback. The white Nissan drove past her and parked in front of her, blocking her vehicle. Doe 4 thought the occupants of the white Nissan may need assistance, so she stopped her car, turned it off and exited the vehicle with her keys. Doe 4 then observed three masked males exit the white Nissan and approach her. All three were armed with handguns and dressed in dark-colored clothing. They yelled at her to give them the keys, at which point Doe 4 threw the keys to the ground. One of the individuals picked up the keys, got into her vehicle and drove away while the other two returned to the white Nissan and drove away.
Responding APD officers observed the red Chevrolet hatchback and initiated pursuit. The driver crashed the vehicle near the area of Atrisco Drive SW and Bridge Boulevard SW. Officers managed to apprehend the fleeing occupants. Crockett was wearing a black hoodie and black pants and in possession of a black mask when he was apprehended. During his attempt to flee, Crockett allegedly disposed of a handgun. Upon observation of the handgun, APD personnel reported the backplate of the handgun appeared to have been modified.
An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Crockett faces imprisonment of up to 15 years for each carjacking count and a consecutive term of up to life in prison for using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas J. Aliberti is prosecuting the case.