ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – What an armed robber put a 94-year-old man through for two hours is beyond weird – a late-night chat, a shower, and even lessons on manners. It all happened inside the man’s northeast Albuquerque home in the dead of night.
“He was here for two and a half hours,” said 94-year-old Glen Miller.
It was a long, bizarre night last Wednesday for Miller. Fast asleep in his bed, a stranger made his way to his bedroom and wouldn’t leave for hours.
“About 2:15 in the morning, the door opens up to my bedroom, the light comes on and this guy comes waving a gun around,” Miller says with a chuckle.
He laughs about it now because the entire ordeal was so strange. Police say the robber was Rudolph Chavez.
Miller says Chavez first found his wallet, took $200 and then shuffled through his credit cards, picking only a few and dropping the rest.
“Later on, I started to pick the cards up off the floor and he said, ‘oh, let me do that,’ and he picked up the cards for me,” Miller explains.
A nice crook, wondered Miller? He says the robber stuck around until 4 a.m. They sat and chatted.
“We did a lot of talking. He was using a lot of bad language and I said, ‘you shouldn’t be doing that,’ and he said, ‘oh, I’m sorry,’ and he didn’t do it anymore,” Miller says.
If that wasn’t odd enough, the robber did something that left officers puzzled. He took a shower but, he made sure to keep an eye on Miller.
“He would stick his head out every 15 seconds or so to make sure I was still there,” says Miller. “He kept telling me, ‘do what I want and I won’t hurt you.’ Well, I didn’t know whether to believe that or not.”
In the end, Miller says the suspect took money, credit cards, his TV and items like light bulbs and laundry detergent.
While the suspect was loading everything up into Miller’s car, Miller made his move.
“I pulled the garage door shut, locked it and turned the light off,” Miller says.
The crook did make it out of the garage by manually pulling up the garage door. Fingerprints from the robber left at the scene matched those of Rudolf Chavez. Chavez was arrested Saturday.