Albuquerque woman fights back against car thieves

cecilia haldane

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman was just trying to do the right thing by helping a group of strangers jump start their car. However, her random act of kindness turned into a dangerous car jacking.

“It was a bad situation…but I did what I could,” said Cecilia Haldane.

Fighting through her tears, Haldane said she was just trying to be a good Samaritan.

It all happened last Saturday outside the Hobby Lobby on Juan Tabo. She was approached by two men and a woman asking for her help to jump start their car. That was when things turned for the worse.

“I seen the girl get in my car, and I kind of was suspicious so I grabbed my purse, and then the other two guys jumped in. I know it’s crazy, but I jumped in too,” Haldane said.

Police said Mark Chacon, Danielle Tellez, and another suspect drove off with Cecilia in the car to a nearby neighborhood. She said she fought back the entire way.

“The guy next to me tried to take my phone, and I bit him really hard, and he wasn’t able to hit me no more.”

The thieves ended up crashing her car, hitting another driver on Grand Avenue NE. She continued to yell for help and said the neighbors helped saved her life.

“I was really thankful for those people,” she said.

The ordeal has taken its toll on her. She broke her hip, three ribs, and also suffered a lacerated liver. Haldane said she will think differently about helping strangers in the future.

“I don’t think I’ll be as trusting…or, I’ll be more cautious.”

Her son will be holding a fundraiser at the Chili’s on Paseo and Wyoming to help pay for her medical bills.

Mark Chacon and Danielle Tellez are currently in custody. Police are still looking for the third suspect. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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