Suspect wanted in violent carjacking, police say

Caleb James
March 16, 2017 06:37 PM

Albuquerque police are searching for what they call a dangerous suspected carjacker.


Police say 22-year-old Joshua Ortega threw a woman and her 2-year-old child out of a car, putting the public in danger when he caused chaos during rush hour traffic. APD did arrest 25-year-old Jonathan Midyette after officers spotted him and Ortega in a stolen car.

It's far from either man's first run-in with the law.

Last July, Ortega was arrested on charges of assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon, stealing a vehicle and fleeing. He was indicted on those charges but got off on technicalities. The defense argued prosecutors didn't give them enough time to prepare. The judge agreed and the charges were thrown out.

Midyette was busted in 2011 on theft charges and then again in February for arranging for someone to sell pot to an undercover officer.

The duo was reportedly back at it on Wednesday. According to a criminal complaint, an undercover officer spotted Ortega and Midyette in a stolen car in the parking lot of this Costco on Coors Bypass near Eagle Ranch. The officer followed them to a neighborhood near Irving and Eagle Ranch where Midyette got out of the car and was arrested.

Officers continued to follow Ortega. The complaint says when they tried to use spike strips to disable the vehicle, he drove into oncoming traffic on Central and knocked down Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction cones. That's when police say Ortega carjacked a woman, throwing both her and her young child to the ground.

Police called off the chase for safety reasons.

Police say Midyette later admitted to them that he and Ortega had committed several burglaries Tuesday night in that stolen car. The complaint says police found a stolen air compressor and a stolen airsoft rifle inside the vehicle.

If you know where Ortega is, call Crime stoppers at 843-STOP.


Caleb James

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