Suspect charged with homeless demise in ABQ Park, Albuquerque Journal

Quentin Salazar (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A homeless man is accused of fatally shot another in the head in an eastern Central Park in June.

Quentin Salazar, 27, is charged with murder on June 12, following the death of 29-year-old Joseph “Taz” Borja.

Salazar was arrested Wednesday afternoon by federal agents and Albuquerque police as they were conducting a joint “high crime” operation near Central and Tramway after allegedly selling meth and fentanyl to an undercover officer.

Salazar faces drug trafficking and other charges related to the arrest.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Metropolitan Court:

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Officers responded at around 11:15 a.m. in Bicycle Park on the corner of Central and Tramway after a man reported finding a body. The police found Borja “pale and cold to the touch” with a bullet hole in her head.

People in the area told police that a man known as “Q” in the homeless community was responsible and still had the gun that killed Borja. Detectives learned that an officer had spoken to “Q” during the investigation – later identified as Salazar – and at that point “Q” was hiding “something” in his waistband.

On June 24, Salazar was found with a .38 special pistol and issued with arrest warrants. Salazar told detectives that he found the gun in a dumpster and had nothing to do with Borja’s death before calling a lawyer.

A witness came forward and told the police they were in the park when they saw a woman named “Momma Red” who told Salazar that Borja owed her money and would not pay it. Another witness who was “in extreme fear for their safety” told police that they saw Salazar approach Borja in his sleep and hit him several times with a beer bottle.

The witness said Salazar then dragged Borja onto the concrete, kicked him and shot him in the head with a Derringer pistol.

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