ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – According to Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies, two suspects are in custody after a chase, and lock down at UNM Hospital.
It all started around 6 p.m. when deputies followed a reported stolen vehicle through the south valley area command. The chase ended with a manhunt at UNM Hospital.
By 10 p.m. Wednesday, there were still police cars surrounding the hospital parking garage. That’s where deputies said a second vehicle, possibly stolen, came to a stop.
“It’s concerning, it’s close to the University and there’s other issues going on in the area,” said Phil Pino, who was in the hospital at the time.
BCSO deputies spotted the first reported stolen car around 6 p.m. Wednesday. They followed the car until it stopped near Los Padillas Elementary School.
At that point, investigators said two suspects ditched the first stolen car and got into a white SUV.
BCSO’s helicopter followed the white SUV through part of the city. Deputies said the driver of the SUV was reaching speeds up to 100 mph.
The SUV finally came to a stop here near the UNMH parking garage.
That’s when deputies said another helicopter spotted a suspect run from the SUV into the hospital’s parking garage.
The hospital was placed on lock down as officers searched the premises.
“The individuals in that white car attempted to ram our deputies, they also attempted to strike several vehicles that were in the parking lot,” explained Sergeant Aaron Williamson, of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
Williamson said once the suspects got into the white SUV, they tried to run over deputies.
Sergeant Williamson said deputies were not actively chasing the SUV from the ground, only in the air with the chopper, due to speed and public safety concerns.
Late Wednesday night, deputies said they took a male and a female into custody.
Detectives still have to conduct interviews with the suspects. At this point, it’s unclear why the suspects were running from officers.
Deputies said they were looking for a possible third suspect Wednesday night.
The hospital and parking garage are now back open to the public.