Updated: 09/23/2013 11:57 AM |
Created: 09/23/2013 11:54 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Albuquerque police rescued a shoplifting suspect who fell into a fast-moving arroyo while trying to flee on Sunday night.
According to APD officer Tasia Martinez, officers were dispatched to the K-Mart on Carlisle Boulevard NE near I-40 on reports of a shoplifting incident. The officers then chased 32-year-old Fernando Garcia across Carlisle toward the arroyo, which was full of fast-moving water after recent rainfall.
Garcia fell into the arroyo and was swept away. Police ran alongside, never losing sight of the man.
Garcia was eventually able to grab hold of debris and officers pulled him to safety using a flotation device from a nearby motel swimming pool. Garcia initially refused to walk to the top of the arroyo and said he was going to commit suicide by jumping back in, but officers talked him out of it.
Garcia was taken to the hospital for medical attention. He faces misdemeanor shoplifting and criminal damage to property charges.