Suspects ID’d in Rio Rancho pursuit, shooting

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – State police have identified the three suspects involved in Sunday’s shootout with Rio Rancho police.

Officers say a man tried to rob someone at gunpoint at an ATM near southern and country club at around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Rio Rancho police spotted the suspect’s SUV, but the driver wouldn’t pull over. Officers chased after the SUV, hitting speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Police say during the 40-mile ordeal, they were shot at several times.

“On three separate occasions during the pursuit on Unser Blvd., Highway 550 and on Highway 4 the suspects shot at officers during the pursuit,” officer Janet Garcia said.

When the SUV stopped once it reached the Jemez Pueblo, the three suspects fled and shot at police again.

Officers returned fire, hitting one suspect in the arm.

That man, 29-year-old Kevin Ngyuen from Albuquerque, is still at UNM Hospital and is being guarded by Rio Rancho police. He’s expected to survive.

State police have identified the two other suspects as 30-year-old Patrick Moran of Albuquerque and 30-year-old Patricia Baca of Cuba.

Both are in the Sandoval County Detention Center.

All three face a long list of charges, including aggravated assault on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing.

Highway 4 was closed while officers investigated, but it has since been reopened. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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