Albuquerque police have found a stolen truck belonging to a 57-year-old man who was severely beaten Monday during an apparent robbery at a small West Central electronics business.
Police are looking for evidence in the truck taken in the robbery, which was reported about 8:50 p.m. at Ferny’s Electronics, 115 Yucca NW.
The victim has been identified as Fernando Romero, said APD spokeswoman Tasia Martinez. Police had not identified any suspects, and the investigation was continuing, she said.
See video of the man who drove the stolen truck, which was found Tuesday morning by police
Romero was found by an in-law, badly injured from an apparent beating. The in-law went to the electronics store to look for Romero after he had not returned from work at the usual time, Martinez said.
“Medical professionals have advised that the victim is expected to survive, but may have sustained permanent physical damage from the incident,” Martinez said in a news release.
She added that Romero’s family was with him Tuesday as he was being treated at University of New Mexico Hospital.
No one on Tuesday afternoon answered the door of the business, which is located just north of Central about a block east of the new city fire department station on 57th NW.
Police told a neighbor a robbery and severe beating had occurred. The neighbor said Romero seemed to keep to himself, but she added that he seemed nice and always said hello to her in the morning when he took out his garbage.
APD released video related to the stolen truck, which was found in the parking lot of Pro’s Ranch Market at 4201 West Central. Store video shows a man park the truck at 5:20 p.m. Monday, get out and go into the store, and then immediately exit and walk toward Central. Police said the man has a mustache and is wearing a white cap with lettering on the front. Police ask that anyone with information on the case call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal