LAS CRUCES (KRQE) – An accused killer got into a car, with the victim’s four young children, left Albuquerque and was headed to Texas, but in a traffic stop captured on dash-cam video, Carlos Perez was stopped in Las Cruces on I-25.
Perez, 30, got close, but he never made it out of New Mexico. In the nick of time, he was caught.
Police were moments away from activating an Amber Alert, but through cell phone tracking, New Mexico State Police officers were able to find the suspect and pull over the Honda that Perez was driving.
Perez is accused of killing his girlfriend, Vanessa Delgado, in her home near Gibson and Juan Tabo. Albuquerque police officers found her on a bed with a Walmart bag over her head on June 7.
Investigators say Perez took three children he had with Delgado, and another child belonging to her, and fled after the murder.
During the traffic stop, Perez made no mention of the crime, but he frequently requested that he be able to see his children.
“I want to see my kids,” he said. “It’s not their fault,” Perez added.
“I don’t know why you’re arresting me. I want to see them please,” he told the officer. “I just want to give them a kiss,” Perez said.
Delgado’s mother said her daughter and Perez had been arguing for a couple of months.
“They were separated for a little bit for a short time. She wanted to get away from him,” said Marisela Romero.
The children were shaken up, but they were not injured. Perez is charged with murder and is now being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque on a $250,000 cash only bond.
This story was originally published by News 4 sister station KRQE, a Media General Contributing station.