APD apprehends armed suspect who fled officers


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A suspected kidnapper and carjacker took police on a wild chase Thursday, that nearly went off a cliff.

It ended with several officers injured and one suspect in custody.

The chase started with events on Wednesday. They say the chase suspect carjacked an Albuquerque man’s Chevy Avalanche and kidnapped the owner Wednesday morning – beating him and dumping him in his driveway.

Thursday afternoon, officers spotted the Chevy Avalanche at Western Skies and Hanosh Court SE.

As soon as they pursued the Chevy, they say the suspect started ramming officers’ cars.

“We have numerous officers with injuries, not only from the impact but from airbag deployments,” said Sgt. Ferris Simmons with the Albuquerque Police Department. “The vehicle continued to batter its way through officers cars and lost a tire.”

Police say the suspect continued eastbound through the Four Hills area, nearly going over a cliff, but stopping the vehicle just in time.

That didn’t stop him either: He jumped off the cliff and took off running through the mesa.

By that time Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office had been called in to assist.

An APD spokesperson says police and deputies worked together and eventually caught up with the suspect in the arroyo.

The whole chase from start to finish was about 30 minutes.

Police said in addition to the suspect, there were two additional people in the Chevy who took off.

Detectives have identified them, but have not taken them into custody. They are planning to interview them.

APD says three officers have abrasions, including one officer who has a head injury from her airbag deploying.

No one is in critical condition.

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