ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Detectives arrested a woman who they said intentionally ran over her brother-in-law in a Northeast Albuquerque parking lot after he and her sister gave her a ride home from a club Downtown early Friday morning.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, police were called to a strip mall at 5555 Montgomery, near San Pedro NE, for reports of a crash.
When officers arrived they found Justin Booqua, 27, had been run over. He was taken to the University of new Mexico Hospital in critical condition.
A woman, Crystal Jones, was next to him yelling “my sister ran him over,” according to the complaint.
Jones told detectives where she believed her sister, 26-year-old Viranna Nastacio, had gone. Nastacio was arrested at her mother’s apartment nearby later that morning and is charged with attempt to commit a violent felony (murder), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and child abuse with great bodily harm.
Jones said the night started with her and Booqua baby sitting Nastacio’s 4-year-old daughter so she could go to a bar downtown. She said later that night Nastacio called them asking for a ride home.
Jones told detectives the couple, their two children and Nastacio’s daughter drove downtown to pick Nastacio up and she was “very intoxicated and was angry for being involved in a dispute at the club.” When she got in the car the sisters argued about how to get back to the apartment and Nastacio punched Jones until Booqua stopped the vehicle in the parking lot at Montgomery and San Pedro, according to the complaint.
The women got out of the car and fought in the parking lot as Booqua tried to break them up. At some point, the children got out of the car and Nastacio got back in.
“Crystal said she saw Viranna intentionally drive over Justin and she became scared for her daughters and niece,” a detective wrote in the complaint. “Crystal said she tried to get all of the children with her and heard what she believed to be Viranna running over Justin a second time.”
Jones and the children hid behind concrete polls and structures at the Wells Fargo drive thru as Nastacio tried to strike them with the car, according to the complaint. But when her daughter cried out for her, police say Nastacio opened let her into the car and drove away.
When detectives arrested Nastacio, she told them she was angry at Booqua for trying to separate her from her sister, and she remembered seeing him in her headlights when she struck him with her car.