Uptown Albuquerque business catches violent attack on security cameras
*WARNING: Viewers may find the following details disturbing.*
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Businesses across the metro are witnessing more and more crimes, as they utilize security cameras. But there’s an investigation into an incident caught on an office building’s camera on San Pedro, near Coronado mall, that goes beyond shoplifting or vandalism.
The security video starts with two people approaching the uptown business after business hours on Aug. 1. Within minutes, cameras from inside the building show them clearly start engaging in sexual activity. But a few minutes later, the man gets violent.
The video shows him punch and kick the woman several times, push her face into the ground, then pull up his pants and get dressed.
It also shows the woman start to fight back and kick the man.
A tenant from inside the building scares them off seconds later.
“The first response is just as a human that it’s awful,” said Douglas Peterson, president of Peterson Properties. He owns and manages the building. “The second response is to do what we can to try to remedy the situation as best we can.”
Peterson says he called police to make a report but got pushback about the victim.
“When we contacted APD, the disturbing thing they kept saying was, ‘Well, there’s no victim, there’s no victim. What do you want us to do?'” said Peterson.
A representative from APD responded about the situation, saying:
“Our phone system shows no calls from either tenants’ phones on Aug. 1. APD was contacted on Aug. 7 by the property manager. Dispatchers created a call for service and a supervisor attempted to determine if the victim had been identified. Dispatchers attempted to call the property manager back a few more times that evening. They connected the next morning, and an officer was sent to the property to pick up a copy of the video evidence. APD’s Sex Crimes Unit started an investigation and detectives are working to determine the identities of the individuals from the video.”
If you have any information about the people in the video, contact APD.