APD arrest two men wanted in numerous crimes

Joy Wang
March 17, 2017 06:40 PM

KOB obtained exclusive video of what happened moments after police arrested two armed robbery suspects, both wanted for multiple crimes spanning back six months.


Matthew Sanchez is being charged with 13 counts of armed robbery. The other suspect, Paul Salas, is facing 47 counts.

A KOB staff member recorded shows just seconds after police say suspect Sanchez was tasered after trying to run away from police officers. Sanchez can be seen on the ground being arrested. A few feet away in the parking lot, the other suspect Paul Salas was arrested after detectives say he was trying to carjack a woman.

“Not only are they running from us and trying to get away from police, we do try and track them down,” said APD Public Information Officer Fred Duran. “We do try and arrest them, but the place is in danger by doing the robberies at gun point, by driving aggressively when they're trying to run from people.”

Both are suspects in multiple armed robberies in Albuquerque, but it wasn't until the robbery at the Verizon store on Academy that police say both were caught. One suspect walked in with a black hoodie, sunglasses and bandana showing a semi-automatic handgun.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspect demanded money from the safe. The victim emptied that safe, which also included more than 20 brand new iPhones, but he also slipped in a tracking device. Eventually, police were able to follow that device and arrest both suspects.

“We're looking at somebody that's robbed 47 places , so 47 businesses in town. That's 47 different victims," Duran said. That's 47 potential situations that could turn deadly if someone didn't do what this guy said.

The tracking device did help police find the suspects. But APD said they don’t encourage people to get fully involved in an investigation, especially when it comes to violent repeat offenders.


Joy Wang

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