Man accused of running over, killing girlfriend in SE ABQ

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Man accused of running over, killing girlfriend in SE ABQ


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man is behind bars after police say he ran over his girlfriend — killing her — in front of her children during a fight Friday evening in a neighborhood off East Central.

Robert Mentz, 29, is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in great bodily harm or death in the killing of 30-year-old Brandi Garcia.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:

Officers responded around 7 p.m. to a domestic dispute and possible crash in the 12800 block of Dorado SE, near Central and Tramway. Police found Garcia’s body in the street and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mentz’s mother, who called 911, said her son and Garcia both called her telling her to come over because the couple was fighting. The mother said she found the couple at a neighbor’s house where Mentz was arguing with Garcia’s father.

The mother told police everyone left in separate vehicles and, soon after, she drove up on Garcia’s children “running around” her body in the road. She said Mentz called and asked her to pick him up and he told her “I don’t know what happened, I blacked out” when he got in the car.

Police pulled the mother over and Mentz tried to hide in the trunk but was detained soon after. Garcia’s father told police he went to pick up Garcia and her children when Mentz showed up.

The father said a fight ensued and he he pulled out a stun gun and Mentz swung a knife at him. The father told police they all left but they ran into Mentz in the neighborhood and he crashed into the father’s vehicle.

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