Police: Viral video in Albuquerque may be staged

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man posted a video of what he calls an “attempted carjacking” and it’s been viewed more than 200,000 times in less than a week.

KRQE News 13 received the video on Wednesday and contacted the Albuquerque Police Department. APD was also looking into how truthful the video is, and told KRQE News 13 it could all be staged.

The video begins outside the Castle Megastore, near Central Avenue and San Mateo Boulevard. The driver, who claims he is an Uber driver, has a front and back camera .

Within seconds of the driver leaving the parking lot, a red car pulls up in front of him as he approaches Central Avenue. The alleged victim puts the car in reverse and takes off. As he tries to get away, you see the red car pull up beside him again. So the driver cuts through a Shell gas station parking lot and dials 911. As he’s on the phone with dispatch, he flags down an officer on the street.

Later in the video that same Albuquerque police officer ended up taking a report from the driver. The driver tells the officer he caught the entire thing on camera. Officers have watched it over and over again.

“The more that we’ve reviewed the video and we’ve looked at, it looks more like a staged typed thing,” Officer Fred Duran said. “The vehicle that’s in the beginning of the video is the same vehicle that appears at the end.”

APD said when the driver met up with police a few blocks over to make a report, the video shows the same red car appears again. According to Duran, the alleged victim insisted it wasn’t the same car. The department said if the driver really did stage the video, it’s not funny.

“It causes a situation that could turn deadly for people,” Duran said. “We want to uphold the law and we want to make sure the public is safe, but it’s hard for us to do that if we’re getting fake calls and we’re getting information that may not be true.”

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