Crime

Man Claiming To Be In Mexican Mafia Threatened To Kidnap Daughter’s Classmate, Deputies Say

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Albuquerque man allegedly threatened to kidnap the 4-year-old classmate of his daughter if the boy’s family didn’t give him $5,000.

Alejandro Martinez, 21, made a series of threatening phone calls from a blocked number to the boy’s family and claimed to be part of the Mexican Mafia, deputies said. In one phone call, he allegedly threatened to kidnap the boy from school. The 4-year-old attends Los Padillas Elementary School with Martinez’s daughter, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

He then allegedly threatened to blow up the family’s house because the boy’s father make a derogatory comment towards him, an allegation the father denies.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked the number to Martinez.

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His mother told police her son suffers from ADHD and an “explosive mood” disorder. She said he had been acting agitated, KOB-TV reported.

Martinez was charged with extortion and is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bond. He was ordered not to contact the victim’s family.

Sources: KOB-TV, Albuquerque Journal

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