EL PASO, Texas - A Northeast El Paso man was shot and killed during a drug deal, a criminal complaint obtained by ABC-7 states.
Police charged 17-year-old Neko Rutledge with murder for the killing of 57-year-old Robert Noble. Police said the victim was murdered at his home on the 5700 Block of Raymond Telles Drive on April 9, 2019.
When investigators interviewed Noble's girlfriend, the woman told them she was at Noble's home with a group of friends at the time of the shooting. Noble's girlfriend told investigators Noble went outside his home and she heard a loud banging noise. The woman ran outside and found Noble lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. Paramedics rushed Noble to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators then spoke with another witness at the home. That witness, a criminal complaint states, told investigators "she had been asked to purchase some illegal narcotics, specifically ecstasy," for Noble's girlfriend. The witness allegedly contacted Rutledge and asked Rutledge to meet with Noble.
The witness told police Rutledge arrived at Noble's home and the group inside the home saw both men speaking outside. The criminal complaint states the witness allegedly told police "she overheard (Rutledge) making another narcotics deal with (Noble) for more ecstacy pills when, without provocation, (Rutledge) shot (Noble)."
The witness immediately called 911 to report the shooting and, when asked to identify the shooter, the witness allegedly told the operator it was "Neko" who shot Noble, the criminal complaint states.
Police arrested Rutledge on the 12300 block of Tierra Arena in Far East El Paso shortly after 10 P.M. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Rutledge was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on a $1-million bond.