A man is accused of fatally running over the husband of a woman he was having an affair with during a confrontation Friday night outside an Albuquerque dog park.
Christopher Facey, 33, is charged with second-degree murder and leaving the scene of an accident in the death of Guadalupe Maldonado. He was arrested on Saturday morning and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.
Facey and the Victim's Wife were Having an Affair
Around 11 p.m. Friday, police responded to a fatal crash at the Santa Fe Village Dog Park, near Unser and Montaño NW. An officer was told the driver had fled and Maldonado was taken to a hospital by his wife.
Maldonado was pronounced dead at the hospital, and his wife identified Facey as the suspect, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. The wife told police she had been married since 2017 but having an affair with Facey, who she worked with at MDC for more than two years.
Police said the wife told them she hadn't seen Facey since November and he asked to meet at the dog park Friday night. She said they were talking about "their jobs (and) the future" when her husband's car pulled into the lot.
Maldonado Tracked His Wife's Location, Wife Said She 'Was Going to End Things'
The wife told police Maldonado opened Facey's passenger door and said, "what the (expletive) is this?" according to the complaint. She said she got out of Facey's truck and she told him to leave.
Police said the wife told them Maldonado ran in front of Facey's truck and put his hands up in the air. She said Facey did not hit the brakes and struck her husband, running over his body with both tires.
The wife told police she didn't know how her husband found them but that she "was going to end things" with Facey and was interrupted when Maldonado showed up, according to the complaint. Maldonado's friend, who went with him to the dog park, told police it appeared he was tracking his wife's location on his phone.
Facey Previously Accused of Domestic Violence
Facey, a former Metropolitan Detention Center officer, has made headlines in the past. In 2018, Facey was sentenced to probation after the then-officer beat an inmate at MDC, a case that also ended in a reported $70,000 settlement with Bernalillo County, according to previous news reports. In 2021, he was charged in a domestic violence incident in which he allegedly beat his girlfriend, but the charges were dropped when she didn't cooperate.