Couple Sets A Homeless Native American Man On Fire While Their Kids Watch (VIDEO)

Joshua Benavidez and Irene Enriquez are facing a string of charges over the incident which left the victim in intensive care

Joshua Benavidez and Irene Enriquez are facing a string of charges over the incident which left the victim in intensive care

By Red Power Media, Staff

A couple has been arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after allegedly setting fire to a homeless Native American man in front of their children as a prank, US police have said.

Joshua Benavidez and Irene Enriquez, both 31, were taken into custody on Wednesday, July 22, on suspicion of carrying out the July 11 attack in front of their two sons, aged 8 and 12, and 2-year-old daughter.

“I just want to say I’m sorry to my family and to my children,” Enriquez told local television station KOB 4 as they were led away by polce.

According to officials, the couple pulled up next to the pavement beside a Native American man — who was sleeping curbside — and started throwing fireworks at him from their car which caused his clothing to catch fire.

As they drove away, the couple noticed the man’s pants had caught on fire and claimed that they attempted to extinguish the fire by pouring water on the man who was said to be unconscious at the time. However, police say that Benavidez told his partner to return to the vehicle and they fled the scene.

A surveillance video released by Albuquerque New Mexico police showed the purple SUV belonging to Benavidez and, officials say, the couple changed the color of the vehicle to white after the brutal attack.

While the couple told local media that this was a prank solely intended on “rattling” the man, they have been charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy.

The children, who were in the back of the vehicle, revealed to police that the couple did throw the firework on the sleeping homeless man. Benavidez and Enriquez were also charged with child abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to officials, the Native American man is still in the intensive care unit at a New Mexico hospital.
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8 thoughts on “Couple Sets A Homeless Native American Man On Fire While Their Kids Watch (VIDEO)

  1. Fran Opitz

    I so agree with Billie Jean and this makes me so irritated by stupid ppl and they are growing by the minute lately!!! This person was not bothering anyone and to be treated like this, totally disgusting and I hate to admit it but I hope the law throws the book at these stupid ppl!!

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  2. Billie Jean Sheshey-Winkekhikes

    I think it should be considered identity theft for any person to make a claim of being Native unless they can show a Tribal membership card or CDIB card from a federally recognized tribe. I’m so sick of hearing “Oh my great grandmother was a Cherokee Princess”, makes me want to throw up.

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    1. Billie Jean Sheshey-Winkekhikes

      For Native people, the biggest thing that’s wrong with people in this country in 2015 is that it is still alright to treat us as anything other than human beings. People want to scream and yell about discrimination of their rights and in reality the civil rights movement had nothing to do with Native people. Dennis Banks and Russell Means had the right idea when they formed A.I.M., it’s just too bad that it didn’t last.

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  3. Billie Jean Sheshey-Winkekhikes

    This has got to be the most despicable thing I have heard in a long time, these two people need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and it should be tried as a hate crime. And they should never be allowed around their children or any child.

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