Officers escort Fransisco Espinoza Almeida Jr. out of police headquarters Monday evening. (Courtesy of Albuquerque Police Department)

Homicide detectives have arrested a 21-year-old suspected of shooting a man he found in his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom on Saturday morning.

Fransisco Espinoza Almeida Jr. was arrested in northern New Mexico by New Mexico State Police on Monday afternoon and then taken to Albuquerque, according to an Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman. He is charged with murder. The complaint refers to him as “Espinoza”.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, a woman called 911 on Saturday morning to say her daughter’s ex-boyfriend Espinoza had killed someone at her home in Sunset Garden SW, near Old Coors . When officers arrived, they found Allen Sandoval dead in the back bedroom. He had been shot several times in the chest and arms.

Espinoza’s ex-girlfriend told detectives the pair dated for about two years but recently broke up. She said she had met Sandoval the night before and he had spent the night at the house she shared with her mother.

The ex-girlfriend said that between 9 and 10 a.m. she heard a commotion and Espinoza screaming for her. She came out of the bedroom and tried to keep him out but he walked past her, according to the complaint.

“(The ex-girlfriend) observed Mr. Espinoza pull a black ‘sig’ handgun from his belt and saw Mr. Espinoza chamber a bullet through the gun,” the detective wrote in the complaint. “Mr. Espinoza pointed the handgun at Mr. Sandoval. Mr. Sandoval lifted a sheet over his head and Mr. Espinoza began shooting at Mr. Sandoval.

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