A man staying at an Albuquerque Motel 6 is accused of luring two young children into his room and molesting a young girl.
Eddie Lucero, 36, is at the Albuquerque Metropolitan Detention Center on a $1 million cash or surety bond.
He is charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual contact of a minor, attempted criminal sexual penetration of a minor and attempt to commit a felony.
Lucero was staying at the Motel 6 on the Pan American Freeway in Northeast Albuquerque when he spotted a 6-year old girl and her 4-year old brother walking the hallway to get ice on Sunday, according to the criminal complaint.
Investigators said Lucero approached the kids, told them to be quiet, and took them to his room.
The children’s mother was worried when the kids didn’t come back, so she asked the motel employees if they had seen them.
One employee saw the kids going into the man’s room.
The mother pounded on the door until her little girl answered, she then took her kids out of the room.
The 6-year old girl told police Lucero made her brother wait in the bathroom, while he touched her.
She told investigators she was scared the whole time.
Albuquerque Police said that reporting crimes against children is crucial.
“The primary thing is to get professional help from your police department, I cannot say that enough,” APD spokesperson John Walsh said. “We have professionals on the department that will deal with it. If it is happening to one child, in almost all cases, it'll be happening to many other children by the same person.”
The manager of the Motel 6 had no comment.
Lucero has a prior criminal record that includes aggravated battery, several DWIs and assault.
If you know a child who’s been a victim of sexual assault, you can contact the Crimes Against Children Unit with APD at (505) 924-6000.