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Other attacks probed after transients killed

3 teens accused of beating 2 to death

The police in New Mexico were investigating whether three teenagers suspected of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole were responsible for dozens of other attacks on transients in recent months.

Alex Rios, 18, and two boys, ages 16 and 15, are being held in Bernalillo County detention facilities a day after allegedly killing the two sleeping men in an open field in an attack so violent it left the victims unrecognizable, police spokesman Simon Drobik said.

A third man said he was able to escape.

The teens said they wanted to look for someone to beat up and possibly rob. One teen told authorities the other was “very angry” over a breakup with his longtime girlfriend.

A criminal complaint said one of the teens told the police that they had attacked more than 50 people in recent months.

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