ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – People in one Albuquerque neighborhood are terrified after two men posed as movers tied up an elderly woman and robbed her at gunpoint. Now, neighbors are warning others to be on the lookout for moving trucks that don’t belong. It happened near Juan Tabo and Candelaria last week in broad daylight and the suspects are still on the loose.
The victims, who did not want to be identified, are still shaken up.
When a couple spotted a U-Haul Moving truck in their 76-year-old neighbor’s driveway last week, they suspected no one was moving.
“When the husband knocked on the door, and they replied, “we’re movers,” he said “no, call the cops,”” recalled Bob Trudo, Neighborhood Association President.
Trudo was warned about the incident via email. “One of our elderly neighbors was working in her front yard…” a woman wrote. A U-Haul then backed in the victim’s driveway.
“It was very much broad daylight and these thugs are getting a lot more brazen than we have seen in the past,” said Trudo.
The 76-year-old said two Hispanic men then forced her into her house, tied her up with an electric blanket cord, gagged her and held her nose. She said the men went through her house. But the U-Haul caught the eye of concerned neighbors.
“They said that is not right. She wasn’t moving,” said Trudo, noting the 76-year-old had lived in the same home for years.
When a man went to check on the woman’s home, he said he saw a man inside running. That’s when neighbors said two men ran out of the house, pointing a gun and threatening them. Then the men took off in the U-Haul and the victim’s car.
“It certainly gives me a little bit of a shudder,” said Trudo.
The neighbors found the 76-year-old woman inside her house, frantically trying to untie herself. The two men got away. Now, the area is on alert.
“You see any moving vehicle parked in a driveway that doesn’t look right, call 911,” Trudo said.
The suspects are described as two Hispanic men between 20 and 30-years-old, around five foot seven inches tall, with slender builds. The suspects made off with the woman’s jewelry, her purse, and her car.
Neighbors said the woman was wearing a life alert around her neck, but was so panicked, she forgot to use it.