When a young college student, Michael Carmen, was shot to death during a robbery at an Albuquerque, New Mexico gas station in July 1976, Detective Greg MacAleese had no idea who was responsible for the killing.

No witnesses came forward and it appeared the senseless and brutal shotgun slaying would remain a mystery.

MacAleese, who worked for a newspaper before joining the Albuquerque Police Department, knew something innovative would be necessary to encourage the public to get involved and help solve the murder.

He conceived the idea of producing a video re-enactment of the homicide, guaranteed anonymity for anyone who was willing to call him with information and put up a reward from his own pocket to encourage someone to provide a lead that would help identify those responsible for the murder of Carmen.

It seemed almost unnecessary to take such extraordinary steps to solve the killing of Carmen. It was a case that should have outraged the community and brought forth many witnesses.

Carmen was only two weeks away from getting married and had taken an extra shift at the gas station to give a co-worker the night off. When police responded to an emergency call they found Carmen gravely wounded. He’s been shot in the abdomen at point blank range with a 12-gauge shotgun.

The medical staff kept him alive for four hours and during that time he tried to tell detectives who was responsible, but he just didn’t have the strength to form the words.

At that time Albuquerque had one of the highest per capita crime rates in the country and people were afraid to help the police.

MacAleese plan to identify those responsible for killing Carmen worked. Within a few hours after the recreation of the murder was broadcast on television station KOAT, he received a phone call. The video image had triggered the memory of a person who heard a loud bang in the vicinity of the gas bar and then saw a car driving off. The caller told MacAleese the vehicle belonged to a resident in a nearby apartment complex.

Through investigation MacAleese and a team of detectives arrested two men within 72 hours and charged them with the murder of Carmen and a string of armed robberies.

MacAleese received other calls following the reenactment, including one that allowed police to solve the rape of a young woman. Realizing that this type of program might be useful in fighting crime, MacAleese convinced the Albuquerque Police Department to allow a group of citizens to establish the first Crime Stoppers program.

For his efforts Detective MacAleese was named one of the people in the 1970’s who changed the face of the United States and was also named the country’s Police officer of the Year. It’s also interesting to note that since adopting Crime Stoppers Albuquerque’s crime rate has dropped significantly and no longer is ranked in the list of 20 cities with the highest per capita crime rate.

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Weld County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Shooting On February 18, 2017, at approximately 4:30 pm, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 11000 block of WCR 18 near Ft. Lupton to a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived on scene they found that an adult male victim had been struck through the right shoulder by a bullet of an unknown caliber while he was riding an ATV in the area. The victim was transported by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center; the injury was not life threatening. Deputies are currently conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. There is no threat to the safety of the public at this time. This is an active investigation, and further information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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The Polar Plunge is coming! On 03/04/2017 the Weld County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Polar Plunge at Horsetooth Reservoir in Ft Collins to raise money for the Colorado Special Olympics. We are dedicating this plunge to Chuck Personius, who is the relative of one of our staff members here. In 2016 we dedicated our plane pull to Chuck. Sadly, Chuck passed away in January of this year. These events are not possible without your help. Please donate to the Colorado Special Olympics by clicking the link below. We desperately need your help! www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1164752&lis=1&kntae1164752=8B6D7CEF39CF4E298... Thank you for your support!

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Warrant Wednesday.... on a Thursday!

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