Carlsbad man kidnaps kids, injures family in crash

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A man is in police custody after allegedly trying to kidnap children in Carlsbad.

It happened Friday after police received reports of a possible shooting. Officers were told that someone inside a white vehicle was pointing a gun at a black truck. Police say there were several young witnesses in the area who told police the man was trying to get kids into the vehicle with him.

Carlsbad police say the driver, identified as 42-year-old Richard Fierro, eventually crashed into an SUV and fled the area on foot. Police later found him hiding near a house on Primrose and took him into custody.

Upon further investigation, police learned Fierro had actually pointed a gun at several kids and made two of them get into his vehicle. Police say the two kids, ages eight and 15, were inside the vehicle when it crashed. The kids were able to escape when Fierro fled the scene.

Desert Willow School was ordered to shelter-in-place Friday during the investigation.

Fierro is being charged with four first-degree felonies and nine fourth-degree felonies including kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 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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