Hit-and-run suspect was arrested in El Paso more than a week before Gadsden student was killed

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The man accused of hitting a Gadsden High School student and fleeing the scene on Wednesday was arrested in El Paso more than a week earlier.

Oscar Anchondo, 21, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of vehicular homicide in connection with the hit-and-run death of Adalberto “Beto” Romero. The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office said Romero was getting into his car to go to school on Wednesday when he was hit and killed by an SUV. The accident happened at Aero Lane and Pico.

When he was arrested, Anchondo allegedly told a sheriff’s sergeant that he did meth the night before and that he fell asleep when the accident happened.

More than a week earlier on March 22, Anchondo was arrested in El Paso on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest.

A Department of Public Safety Trooper pulled Anchondo over for going 80 mph in a 60 mph zone. He was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, according to a complaint affidavit.

During the traffic stop, Anchondo seemed to be nervous and there were many different keys to different vehicles in the glove box, the affidavit said. 

Anchondo also did not have a drivers license and the Trooper asked if he could search the vehicle, the affidavit said. Anchondo agreed and then took off running, but was caught and arrested.

“When asked why he ran the driver stated he had a gram of Methamphetamine inside of the vehicle and a glass pipe,” the affidavit said.

The Trooper found two clear baggies with white crystal substance and one black baggy with a white crystal substance, as well as three glass pipes. Anchondo admitted the substance was meth.
Turned out to be 4.54 grams. 

Anchondo was also arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide in 2017, but those charges were dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office due to a lack of evidence, a spokeswoman told KTSM. 

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