APD: Mom fights back against woman who tried to take child

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police arrested a woman Wednesday after a mother says that woman tried to walk off with her child in Walmart parking lot.

It happened at the Walmart on Zuni and San Mateo.

According to the criminal complaint, the mom told officers she was unloading her three young kids from her car in the parking lot when a strange woman approached them.

That woman, identified as 25-year-old Julie Nieto, then grabbed the mom’s six-year-old by the wrist and tried to walk off with him.

“It is bizarre,” Albuquerque Police Department Officer Fred Duran said. “This is not something that happens every day.”

At that point, the mom grabbed her son’s other arm and a “tug-of-war” ensued with Nieto. The mom screamed for help and Nieto let go of the boy, walking away.

“Mom fought back and mom was able to get her child back,” Duran said.

Police caught up with Nieto several blocks away to the south. As APD held her for questioning and for mom to identify her, the conversation got weird.

“I just wanted a beer. Uhm, a Bud light,” she can be seen saying on officer lapel camera.

She also asks if she can leave, putting up her handcuffs and asking, “Can I get un-arrested now?”

But officers tell her they are the police and that she can’t go anywhere.

“So you’re a rock band?” she asks.
“No, we’re the police, not The Police the rock band …Although that was a good band,” the officer says.

The mom later identifies Nieto as the suspected attempted kidnapper.

APD says the odd incident traumatized the family.

“If she gets out, mom’s afraid she’s going to do this to somebody else or to her family again,” Duran said.

She’s currently being held without bond for child abuse and attempted kidnapping.

Duran also said Nieto is well-known to police as an alcohol abuser and drug user. She’s been arrested at least 19 times in the last three years.

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