Albuquerque police search for man accused of shooting, carjacking

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Richard Manuel Baca now has a warrant out for his arrest for what unfolded at a North Valley shopping center last week.

The chaos started when police say Baca entered a plasma donation center in Guadalupe Plaza, north of 4th Street and Montaño.

Investigators said he confronted another man for talking to a woman police say Baca is in a relationship with. That confrontation took place in the bathroom.

The man told police Baca warned him not to talk to his wife again or he would be shot. Baca then punched the man and they fought before Baca pulled out a gun, shooting the man in the hip.

Witnesses told police that Baca and the woman he was with threatened someone in the parking lot, taking their key, and stealing their car.

Minutes later, police responded to a crash near Mountain and 6th Street. It was later confirmed Baca ran a red light before crashing into another car.

Police say Baca then pointed a gun at a man driving near the scene, forcing him – at gunpoint – to drive the pair near the zoo, where they soon ran off.

Albuquerque police are still searching for the duo. Baca has a lengthy criminal history, including assaulting a police officer and burglary.

In this latest incident, Baca will be charged with aggravated battery, robbery with a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, and leaving the scene of an accident.

If you have information, contact APD.