Suspect accused of pulling gun at UNM taken into custody

Police arrested Vine Deloria after he allegedly pulled a gun on several people around UNM campus. Read full story:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) — Police arrested a suspect accused of pulling a gun on at least four people in three different places around the University of New Mexico campus.

Now, UNM could be looking at adding a security feature at a popular spot.

“I was pretty mind-blown. It’s kind of scary,” UNM senior Isis Cuellar said the alert sent around 10:30 a.m. about an armed man roaming around campus.

Police said he pulled a gun on at least four people: a driver in the Golden Pride drive-thru on Lomas; two joggers on Lomas and Yale; and a female student at the duck pond on campus.

University Police fanned out and combed through campus security footage, looking for leads. but it was APD that arrested Vine Deloria, 45, two blocks off campus at Lead and Yale around 2 p.m., according to UNMPD.

When police found Deloria, he was carrying a BB gun. Read the criminal complaint »

Students were concerned one of the reported incidents happened in the heart of campus by the duck pond. They say it’s a problem area in general.

“With Central being so close and all the homeless guys that wander,” UNM senior Gavin Gutierrez said.

“Central isn’t the best area of Albuquerque and it’s not a closed campus either, so there’s a lot of problems that happen,” UNM freshman Olivia Reddington added.

They were surprised to learn there are no security cameras in the area by the duck pond.

After Thursday’s scare, UNMPD Lieutenant Trace Peck said the school will now look into adding cameras there.

“We’re always looking into new means into keeping the campus safe,” he said.

Deloria has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. It’s not his first run-in with police; He was arrested last year for kicking a woman’s face.


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