Suspect mistaken for resident, fools police to make an escape

Albuquerque Police Department

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police responded to a “suspicious person” call in the middle of the night in a northwest Albuquerque neighborhood. Little did they know they were talking to the suspect and he ended up getting away.

Two Albuquerque police officers were dispatched to a home near Ventana Ranch, after neighbors spotted two people roaming the neighborhood and looking into cars. The incident happened back in September.

As the officers approached the home, a man appeared from inside the garage.

“We got a call because it looked like somebody was going through your things,” one officer said. “Is this your vehicle? Is anybody else in the house?”

There was a white truck in the driveway and a black car inside the garage. The suspect told officers the two vehicles belonged to his dad who was inside.

The suspect, wearing just shorts, remained calm and told the officers that their flashlights woke him up, after all it was 3 a.m.

According to the police report, one officer stated the man “appeared to be just waking up and was confused by our presence.”

The officers even had the suspect look through the truck to see if anything was missing. That’s when one officer asked him for identification. He told them he’d have to go back into the house to get it.

He never returned.

Instead the real homeowner comes out minutes later. Police told the man they had been talking to his son but the homeowner insists his son is asleep.

Officers clear the house and discover the person they’d been talking to for a few minutes was the person they were looking for.

According to the police report, the suspect exited through the back door in the house but not before making off with a purse and some other items from inside the home.

That night after officers cleared the scene, they said the suspect came back and stole the white Dodge truck that was in the driveway. APD said that suspect is still on the run and police need the public’s assistance to help identify him.

According to detectives, the same suspect is also wanted in connection with a home burglary that happened two days earlier. A Sandia Park family’s Great Dane, Moose, was shot and killed during the burglary.

Police found items belonging to the Sandia Park family in a stolen car outside the home that was being robbed in Ventana Ranch. 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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