Police arrest repeat offender in southeast Albuquerque

Rufus Phelps
Rufus Phelps

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Early Thursday morning, police officers arrested 25-year-old Rufus Phelps, a wanted man, in southeast Albuquerque on Gibson near Louisiana.

Police were in the area investigating a different crime when they saw a woman pull into a motel parking lot with Phelps in the passenger seat. Officers recognized Phelps, and checked to see if he was wanted. Sure enough, there was a warrant out for Phelps for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police say Phelps is known to carry firearms and has violent tendencies, leading officers to conduct a high risk traffic stop on the vehicle. Before this, his last run-in with cops was in September, when an officer spotted him in a carjacked vehicle.

Phelps has also been shot at by U.S. Marshals when they attempted to arrest him on a felony warrant.

This morning, after being approached by police, the woman who was with Phelps exited the vehicle without incident. But officers had to negotiate with Phelps for about three minutes before he was removed from the car safely.

As Phelps exited the vehicle, police say a loaded and cocked revolver fell from his lap onto the ground. Phelps was then placed under arrest, and is again charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police also found a golf ball-sized bag of Methamphetamine in Phelps’s boot. This is his 19th arrest since 2008, three of which are for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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