With all the violent and depressing news that comes out of Albuquerque (violence, road rage, vandals cutting hot air balloons), it’s nice to see a story that works out for the good guys. This week, two such stories made an appearance.
First up is the story of Karie Taylor, a local realtor and owner of Elevated Management Group. In July, Taylor was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
A tenant of Taylor’s visited her office to complain about his air conditioner not working. Taylor asked the man to leave three times. When he would not, she drew her weapon in self-defense.
As reported by The Albuquerque Journal, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Metropolitan Court Judge Joshua Sanchez dismissed the charges against Taylor because prosecutors were not able to establish probable cause in the case “due to a lack of testimony as to an essential element.” This is another example that proves citizens have the right to defend themselves when they are threatened.
The second story involves a criminal whose month-long streak of robberies came to an abrupt halt. The Albuquerque Police Department stated Ryan Baca-Bosiljevac has been committing armed robberies since early September, racking up at least 15 incidents so far.
On Thursday, October 14, 2021, Baca-Bosiljevac once again decided to try and rob a store. According to KRQE, he attempted to rob a Cricket Wireless store on Juan Tabo, only to be shot by an employee.
This was the end of the crime spree. Baca-Bosiljevac survived and was booked into jail on Monday. It turns out that the gun he had used was a toy.
These two events follow other recent shootings that involved good guys with guns. The Conservative New Mexican recently reported on an employee of a local smoke shop shooting and killing a would-be robber and then a Subway employee who did the same thing several days later.
As the violence in Albuquerque continues to rise, so too will the number of citizens lawfully carrying firearms. The Albuquerque Police Department is reporting 90 homicides of October 18, 2021. This is compared 76 murders last year, 82 in 2019, and 70 in 2018.
Albuquerque should be celebrating that two more good guys were able to use firearms to defend themselves here in the Duke City. When a woman asks a man to leave, he should, just as robbers should be aware that more and more citizens are beginning to carry their own protection.
If the city won’t allow the police department to defend its citizens, it’s up to citizens to carry out that role.