ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office is publicly calling prosecutors on a case they say fell through the cracks. Pedro Lucas Baltazar was arrested in 2018 for sexually assaulting a woman and two women under the age of 13.
By order of the New Mexico Supreme Court, trials are due to resume in February
In a tweet on Wednesday, BCSO said the case was dismissed due to a “missed deadline by a prosecutor” and that their instructions were told that there was not enough evidence to proceed with the case but no details were given as to why . The DA office said they temporarily dismissed the case in order to obtain more medical records that should have been included as part of the full investigation. In any case, the tweet doesn’t suit them well.
It is time for arrested criminals to be held accountable. Sex crimes against teenagers should never fall through the cracks. We need your help to do justice to these victims!
Contact and encourage the DA office at 505-222-1099 or firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/h2J5tOBOu6
– BCSO (Sheriff) NM (@BCSONM) December 16, 2020
“We always try to work hand in hand with law enforcement agencies. We were in contact with the detective in this case. Of course, we want them to send an email and not broadcast any issues they have in a tweet. We are disappointed for sure. You could pick up the phone, “Bernerillo County’s assistant prosecutor Greer Rose said.
The DA office says if they get the evidence they need they will re-file the case. KRQE News 13 called BCSO and they said they had many problems communicating with the DA office and many victims came in frustration with the status of the cases. According to the BCSO, this is just one of the many cases to be highlighted. This is a developing story, and KRQE News 13 will be releasing more at 10pm
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