Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Police Knew Yontz Could Self-Destruct.(Final)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Northern Bureau

SANTA FE -- A Santa Fe lawyer warned police that Attorney General's Office Investigator Karen Yontz had gambling problems and attempted suicide three weeks before she was shot by police, the lawyer said Monday.

Laurie A. Knight says Yontz stole her identity and used it to rack up more than $5,700 in credit-card charges.

Knight reported the fraud allegations to the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department on April 11, records show.

Sheriff Greg Solano has said an investigation began May 2, the day Yontz died when Albuquerque police shot and killed her after she robbed a bank there.

"I am not saying this is an issue of law enforcement protecting their own, in terms of trying to cover up for her," Knight said Monday. …

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