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Malachi Crockett Sentenced for Role in Violent Albuquerque Crime Spree

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUEMalachi Alan Crockett, 19, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his role in a violent crime spree that terrorized Albuquerque residents in the Spring of 2023.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, on March 21, 2023, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) responded to a series of violent carjackings that occurred in Southwest Albuquerque.

The first incident occurred around 5:33 PM, when Jane Doe 1 was carjacked at gunpoint by three male suspects, including two juveniles and Crockett. The suspects fled in the victim's white Nissan Sentra.

Approximately 10 minutes later, a second carjacking was reported near Westgate Community Park. Crockett and his accomplices, carjacked Jane Doe 2 at gunpoint, taking her Chevrolet Traverse. During this incident, the suspects also fired multiple shots at a witness, causing her to crash her vehicle.

Minutes later, the group attempted to carjack a couple, Jane Doe 3 and John Doe 1, near Carlos Rey Elementary school, but the victims were able to drive away.

The final carjacking occurred around 6:00 PM, when the group robbed Jane Doe 4 of her red Chevrolet Spark at gunpoint.

APD officers later spotted the stolen Spark and initiated a pursuit, which ended in a crash. Four male suspects, including Crockett and three juveniles, fled the vehicle. Crockett and one of the juveniles were apprehended on scene. 

Crockett was found to be in possession of a handgun with an extended magazine. The handgun was fitted with a machine conversion device, commonly called an auto sear or “switch.” 

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, made the announcement today.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Natasha Moghadam prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 2, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-163