Man charged in June homicide

Man charged in June homicide

From the Las Vegas Optic

An Ilfeld man has been charged with second-degree murder after being arrested on unrelated charges.

Max J. Lucero, 56, was arrested Dec. 17 after running from New Mexico State Police during a traffic stop near Pecos, according to a criminal complaint filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

Following an interview with Las Vegas Police investigators the next day, Lucero was charged with second-degree murder in the June 15 death of Cruz M. Gallegos.

Police had been looking for Lucero since May after he failed to appear in Magistrate Court in a case where he’s accused of being in possession of a stolen Jeep.

An NMSP officer spotted Lucero around 1:40 p.m. Dec. 17 driving a GMC truck southbound on New Mexico 63 near Pecos. NMSP attempted to pull the truck over, but according to the criminal complaint, Lucero refused to stop. After abandoning the truck, he fled on foot, jumped a metal gate and ran through a field. An officer chased after Lucero, and Lucero stopped when the officer drew his firearm and commanded Lucero to get on the ground.