ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man now known as New Mexico’s “RoboCop” said he almost had a run-in again with the suspected car thief involved in a crash that nearly killed him two years ago.
“I feel very confident that I’m going to walk again. It’s just how I’ll walk, I don’t know,” said BCSD Reserve Deputy Jeremy Romero.
For now, Romero walks with a new robotic exo-skeleton system he got last week, a step up from the one that first landed him in the news as “RoboCop.”
“It steps faster, walks faster, it doesn’t have a backpack,” Romero said. “It’s definitely a game changer.”
It has been nearly two years since a crash almost killed Romero. He was chasing the suspected car thief, Casey Williams, a 24-year-old who has now been arrested at least five times for stealing cars.
“It is frankly disgusting,” Romero said.
Aside from Williams’ most recent pending case, online court records show her charges have been dismissed over and over again.
The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office said it has handled three of Williams’ cases. A spokesperson tells KRQE News 13 that one is still ongoing, another was dismissed not on the merits of the case but on a technicality and a third one was temporarily dismissed until the prosecutor has all the evidence to move forward.
“I fully understand that law enforcement, that the District Attorney’s Office and judges are taxed to the limits. I directly put the pressure and put the direct blame on our New Mexico legislators,” Romero said.
He said he wants tougher penalties for criminals and more funding to staff agencies charged with catching and convicting those criminals.
Williams, wanted for not showing up to court, landed behind bars again on Monday night after Albuquerque Police spotted her at the Hobby Lobby at Juan Tabo near I-40.
“It is kind of very eery,” Romero said. “I was actually just at that same Hobby Lobby [Monday] night,” Romero said.
He may have just missed coming face to face with Williams again.
“I was aware that she was actually on the run and I don’t know what would have transpired at that point,” he said.
Online records show Williams bonded out of jail on Tuesday.