Neighbor, victim: truck in chase violently stolen

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Beat up, bruised and badly injured.

News 13 talked to the man who was carjacked in his own driveway earlier this week. The group of thieves then took off in his truck,  the same truck that caused quite a scene Thursday.

Police were looking for that stolen truck when they say they found it in Albuquerque’s Four Hills area.

After a chase, the driver was arrested but others got away and that makes the victim and his neighbors worried

Cruisers were crushed trying to stop a big Chevy Avalanche after a high-speed chase in southeast Albuquerque.

“I was like wow! That’s the car they took from my neighbors.”

KRQE News 13 spoke to a man who didn’t want to go on camera, but says the truck behind all this damage was stolen from the guy who lives across the street in his Old Coors neighborhood just a few day earlier.

He says he watched as a van pulled in to his neighbor’s driveway.

“A little young kid came out with a big shotgun,” the man said.

That’s when the victim, who also didn’t want to go on camera, said he was severely beaten in his garage by two men with shotguns to the point where he was knocked out.

“I saw him on the garage floor laying down, trying to get up struggling.”

The neighbor says the man’s face was in bad shape.

“You couldn’t see his face,” the neighbor said. “It was full of blood. He was bleeding badly and there was a pool of blood.”

Fast forward to Thursday when police say they spotted the stolen Chevy in the Four Hills area.

Police say the driver then started ramming into cop cars, causing one to blow its airbag. The officer was treated at the hospital.

The chase ended 30 minutes later with the truck nearly driving off a cliff. The man still tried to take off on foot but police caught him.

The neighbor watched Thursday night’s news and new right way know who the truck belonged to.

“I wouldn’t expect to see something like that right in front of me,” the neighbor said. “I don’t know what to say. It’s crazy.”

A few other officers were also injured during the incident. Their injuries were minor.

As of Friday night, Albuquerque Police say they’re still looking for two others who took off from the truck. They say they do know who they’re looking for.

Detectives were able to talk to the victim today. They’re hoping he can identify the man they arrested Thursday.

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