Man sleeping in stolen truck wakes up, leads police on chase

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man remains in jail after a scary incident at a northwest Albuquerque apartment complex last month. He was caught red-handed in a stolen truck, and the high drama that happens next was caught on camera.

KRQE News 13 has obtained lapel video from the crime.

Last month, an officer ran plates on a stolen truck parked at the Aztec Apartments on Montgomery near Jefferson.

Authorities say the suspect, Robert Anthony Sanchez, was inside the truck sleeping. Officers ordered Sanchez to give up.

“Put your hands up where we can see them,” an officer told Sanchez.

But soon, the motor of the truck is turned on.

“Albuquerque police, turn it off!” an officer yells, as other officers surround the vehicle.

Then, police say Sanchez put the vehicle in drive and then put his foot on the accelerator, ramming an APD cruiser in the process.

“He should have three or four flat tires,” an officer noted on the police radio. Earlier, APD placed a spike belt by the stolen truck.

“He’s going ten miles per hour, toward Jefferson,” an officer said.

The chase reached slow speeds and didn’t go too far.

Sanchez suddenly bolts and runs from the vehicle. Police quickly catch up with Sanchez at the apartment complex.

He was booked, and a judge told him in court the next day that he wouldn’t be getting out anytime soon because he had a felony probation violation hold. His previous charges include narcotics and an arrest for another stolen vehicle.

In this case from September 16, 25-year-old Sanchez is charged with aggravated batter on a police officer without injury, criminal damage, aggravated fleeing, and he’s also facing an auto theft charge. 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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