Las Cruces man murdered early Monday morning, three suspects in custody

Las Cruces man murdered early Monday morning, three suspects in custody
Courtesy Dona Ana County Detention Center

POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:33pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:49am

A 59-year-old Las Cruces man was stabbed to death overnight in his home, and now three people are behind bars charged in connection with his murder.

Las Cruces Police responded to the 200 block of Reymond St. just before 1:30 a.m. Monday morning after 59-year-old George Curcie walked to his neighbor's home for help after being stabbed in the chest.

Curcie was airlifted to El Paso, but while en route to UMC, he went into cardiac arrest. Emergency crews then flew Curcie back to Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators learned that Curcie was allegedly stabbed by a man identified as "Angel" and a blonde woman who was with him. Witnesses told LCPD that "Angel" often hung out around the tent city near the Community of Home on west Amador Avenue. Detectives then received a tip that "Angel" may be at the Imperial Sky Motel on west Picacho Ave. Officers were able to locate Angel Sambrano, 47, along with a blonde woman named Michelle Burchett, 31 and a second woman, 49-year-old Pamela Quesada.

Detectives discovered that Quesada drove Sambrano and Burchett to Curcie’s home with the intent of stealing a television from him. Quesada allegedly stayed in the vehicle while Sambrano and Burchett walked up to Curcie’s residence. Sambrano, armed with a knife, was able to get inside Curcie’s home and a physical altercation between the two led to the stabbing.

Sambrano then allegedly fled the home carrying Curcie’s TV. Quesada then drove Sambrano and Burchett to a residence at 1751 W. Hadley Ave. where Sambrano exchanged the TV for narcotics. The three then went back to the Imperial Sky Hotel.

Sambrano and Burchett are each charged with one count of first-degree felony murder, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and tampering with evidence. Quesada is charged with one count of aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

Sambrano, Burchett and Quezada were booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bonds set at $1 million each.

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