05/28/2024

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Texas Man Arrested for Murders of 2 Women, Kidnapping Baby in New Mexico Park

Texas Man Arrested for Murders of 2 Women, Kidnapping Baby in New Mexico Park

A 26-year-old Texas man was arrested in Abilene on Monday for the murders of two New Mexico women and the kidnapping of a 10-month-old child.

A 5-year-old girl was also critically injured with a gunshot wound to the head in the Friday afternoon incident at Ned Houk Park in Clovis, New Mexico.

Clovis Police Chief Roy Rice said the baby girl, Eleia Maria Torres, was found safe and taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Baby Eleia and the 5-year-old belonged to Samantha Cisneros, one of two women found shot to death near a minivan in the park on Friday, as CrimeOnline reported. The other woman was identified as Taryn Allen; both women were 23 and both were from Texico, a town about nine miles east of Clovis directly on the Texas state line.

The suspect in the case, Alek Isaiah Collins, was arrested at a home in Abilene, more than 250 miles from Clovis, and the baby was found there as well, Clovis Deputy Chief Trevor Thron said. He is currently being held in the Taylor County Jail on charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault against a public servant while he awaits extradition to New Mexico, KTAB reported.

Alek Collins/Taylor County Jail

New Mexico 9th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Quentin Ray told reporters he had approved two counts of murder charges, two counts of child abuse, and a single count of kidnapping against Collins.

Thron told reporters that investigators have turned up no evidence of a relationship between Collins and Cisneros and Allen but were still investigating. A motive has not been uncovered.

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[Featured image: Eleia Maria Torres/Clovis Police Department]