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Home invasion suspect flees in underwear, caught after foot chase

Updated: 06/11/2014 1:23 PM | Created: 06/11/2014 1:22 PM
By: Kai Porter and Elizabeth Ree,d KOB Eyewitness News 4

Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies arrested a suspect in a violent home invasion and robbery after a foot chase through a southwest Albuquerque neighborhood on Wednesday.

Back in May, Albuquerque police said Oscar Orejel and another man broke into a family's home and held a couple and their son at gunpoint before stealing more than $6,000 worth of items and the victims' car.

Wednesday, deputies were attempting to serve a search warrant at the suspect's parents' home on Four Mile Road when Orejel fled in his underwear and jumped over a fence.

Deputies said there was a scuffle and he got away, running through other people's backyards until they finally caught him at the intersection of Bison and Walnut Canyon.

This was not Orejel's first run-in with the law. After a man's body was found dumped in an alley in 2010, Orejel turned himself in a year later at the Mexican border. But in his 2013 murder trial, the suspected murder weapon was not available as evidence because it was destroyed by police.

The judge declared a mistrial, dropping all charges against Orejel. He cannot be tried on the murder case again because it would violate his right to a speedy trial.

On Tuesday, police arrested the other man suspected in the home invasion, Rene Lira.

Oscar Orejel
Rene Lira

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