ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police have made two arrests after conducting a perimeter search in the area of Tennessee and Zuni on Saturday.
Police say they located a black BMW which had been reported stolen and attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the vehicle fled from officers.
The BCSO Air Support Unit was in the area and was able to track the vehicle which was driving recklessly before the vehicle stopped near Rhode Island and Zuni and the driver exited and fled on foot.
Police say 22-year-old Travis Lopez, a repeat felony offender, then got in another vehicle and attempted to speed off in a silver van being driven by 34-year-old Jesus Oliva. Lopez fled from the van after officers arrived and ran to a nearby apartment complex. Lopez was believed to be armed due to evidence of a firearm found in the vehicle.
BCSO K9, Albuquerque Police Department K9 and SWAT teams conducted a search for subject and Lopez was later found and taken into custody without incident.
Both suspects were connected to an earlier burglary where they used the silver van in the crime.
Lopez and Oliva were arrested and have been charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, and Tampering.