Suspect in car theft barricades himself in random home

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police have arrested a man they say took a stolen vehicle, drove around Albuquerque and tried to hide in a random residence when officers confronted him.

According to APD, detectives located the stolen Honda Accord at a motel on the 2000 block of Menaul and waited until they saw four people enter it and drive away.

Detectives called officers to do a felony stop, and when they arrived at Euclid and Valencia, the driver, 31-year-old Xavrien Trotter, jumped out and wouldn’t obey officers.

Police say he then started running and trying to break into residences. He also asked residents if he could hide in their homes as he ran through their yards, saying he was running from police, APD says.

Eventually, he found a home on the 2300 block of Kimo that had an open door and ran inside, police say. A woman inside the home ran out yelling for officers to help her.

Trotter did not come out of the house for an hour, then police say he called 911 and said he wanted to surrender. Once he exited, police say he was taken into custody without incident. He has now been charged with receiving and transferring a stolen vehicle and burglary. Police say he has been arrested three other times for violent crimes.

The three passengers who were with Trotter in the car were interviewed and released, police say. 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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