Cameras catch cops looking for hiding criminal

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a traffic stop, turned chase, turned hide-and-go-seek.

New Mexico State Police eventually found their guy hiding in a closet after running. A neighbor’s surveillance system caught a lot of it on camera, giving him a front row seat to the action.

“We had officers all the way up and down the street.”

It was a wild Thursday for Bob West.

“They didn’t tell me anything,” West said. “They didn’t tell me anything.”

State Police swarmed his Northeast Heights trailer park.

“We’ve had problems in the neighborhood and that’s when I put the security system up about two years ago.”

“Then I’ve got four on the roof here that cover this part here and out front of my place,” West said, pointing to his setup.

West didn’t know exactly what he was watching Thursday afternoon.

“I saw the first car come up, the first State Police car come up,” West said, replaying the footage.

They were looking for John Lucero.

Earlier, he had led police on a chase starting near San Pedro and Alameda. He then raced south to Carmel, turning east and crashing. He fled on foot.

State Police then began combing the area.

“He comes around, he’s looking in her car, in the vehicles,” West said, as video showed an officer peeking in a car window.

West says a little later on they started focusing on his neighbor’s house.

“Two officers are checking back behind my place,” West said. “Here he is checking out the yard.”

Lucero, it turns out, was inside.

“Here’s the K9 unit coming up,” West said as an SUV pulls up in the surveillance footage.

According to a criminal complaint, Lucero threatened West’s neighbor to let him inside.

Next thing Wests’ neighbor knew, he was on the front end of several rifles, while Lucero hid in his closet.

“There he comes in with the dog right there,” West said, again looking at the video. “Once the dog goes in, shortly after that, 3 or 4 minutes, they’ll bring the young man out.”

Lucero now faces a slew of charges including aggravated fleeing, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property.

“The serious allegations of the complaint do cause this court concern,” Judge Daniel Ramczyk said Saturday.

West says his security system is paying off.

“Very much so,” West said. “Worth the investment.”

According to the criminal complaint, Lucero was driving on a suspended license. He was also behind the wheel of a stolen SUV pulling a stolen Jeep with a stolen license plate on a stolen trailer.

West says he would like to see more police presence in his neighborhood. He says cops are called out there on a regular basis. 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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