Teenage girl arrested in New Mexico carjacking that turned fatal

Teenage girl arrested in New Mexico carjacking that turned fatal
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A teenage girl was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting in February of a man who was trying to help his brother, who had been carjacked by the girl and two other people, police in New Mexico said.

The suspect, Anna Bella Dukes, 18, is charged with murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and conspiracy and two counts of armed robbery, Albuquerque police said in a statement Monday.

Dukes is accused of using social media to lure a man to meet with her and two other suspects on Feb. 11 in an attempt to rob him.

When the man arrived, "the suspects dragged the victim from his red Lexus and demanded cash, jewelry and a gun from him," police said.

The suspects carjacked the man and drove to his house, demanding that his brother bring money outside, police said. When the man's brother, Elias Otero, came out of the house, he threatened to shoot the trio, but one of the suspects, a 17-year-old boy, shot him first, police said.

Otero died of multiple gunshots wounds, according to a criminal complaint.

The 17-year-old, whom NBC News is not identifying because he is a minor, turned himself in last month. The third suspect has not been identified.

According to the criminal complaint, Dukes and the 17-year-old had carjacked before.

When police named Dukes and the 17-year-old as suspects, Alicia Otero, Elias Otero's mother, told NBC affiliate KOB of Albuquerque that the family had "been waiting a really long time for this day, and when we did find out about it we were just ecstatic, we hugged each other and we were just happy about it."

“We’ll never be OK. We’re going to have to live with it for the rest of our lives,” she said. “I’m going to push for justice. I really am. They messed with the wrong mama, let me tell you.”

Dukes was detained Monday. It is unclear whether she has a lawyer.

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