Several calls keep APD busy over weekend | KOB 4

Several calls keep APD busy over weekend

Joy Wang
March 19, 2018 08:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- With SWAT calls, pursuits, three homicides and a sergeant involved in a car crash, it was a very busy weekend for the Albuquerque.


"It was around the clock this weekend. Real 72 hours of a lot of hard work," said APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik.

First, there was a shooting at an apartment complex. Police are asking for help to find the SUV with Chihuahua plates.

"We have really good video of it," Drobik said. "And we understand that maybe one of those people took a picture of the deceased after the crime was committed."

Then Saturday, there was a stolen car pursuit. He said the driver was going the wrong way in traffic and almost hit multiple people.

"We had a female driver with four passengers in a stolen vehicle that was driving so recklessly, even though the chopper was following that car, a pursuit was authorized," he said. "We were trying to stop that individual.”

APD also shut down Lomas and Tramway looking for a fugitive who police say was responsible for two other SWAT calls. Police are not identifying him yet in case someone is harboring him.

"Very dangerous individual that probably should not be in the streets. Officers recognized him because he was creating a disturbance at the Circle K at Lomas and Tramway," Drobik said.

By Sunday morning, police shut down Menaul near I-25 because of another homicide investigation.

"Showed signs of foul play, trauma to the body," Drobik said. "Officers initiated a full homicide call out that took up a lot of resources from homicide because they just finished the homicide on Friday."

That night, another man was found dead near Wisconsin and Chico. Police did have someone in custody, but so far no one has been charged with a crime.

"Right after the third homicide, it was a pretty intense stabbing in the northwest area command this weekend. Fortunately, that person did not die, is at the hospital and that would be considered an aggravated battery case," Drobik said

Meanwhile, an Albuquerque police sergeant and another person are still recovering after a crash near Montgomery and Eubank. APD said the sergeant was on his way to a domestic violence call at Central and Tramway when he got into a car accident about 6.5 miles away.

"He was coming from Eubank and Montgomery, was clearing the intersection, got hit by a car," Drobik said. "Both him and the driver were transported for minor injuries, but that's another critical incident for us, just takes up a lot of manpower because we have to go there and investigate and make sure it's done right."

Because both people suffered minor injuries. APD's motor unit is investigating the crash instead of another agency. Both the sergeant and civilian have since been released from the hospital.

APD says as a general rule, cars should move to the right if they hear or see first responders with their lights and sirens.


Joy Wang

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