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Laura Schierman was asleep early Friday in her Northeast Albuquerque home when she and her husband were startled awake by a loud bang.
“It was just a very loud crash,” she said. “That was the first thing that came to my mind – it sounds like somebody crashed into the house.”
Schierman went to check on her teenage children, and her husband ran outside to see what had happened. Their garage door was fractured and bent inward, the truck that had crashed into it nowhere to be seen.
Across the neighborhood near Eubank and Paseo del Norte NE, nearly two dozen other well-kept, one- and two-story stucco homes showed similar signs of the rampage. The driver of a stolen truck wreaked havoc, smashing into garage doors and speeding across lawns during the early morning joyride.
Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said the agency received 22 reports of damage. Some houses had crushed garages; others had mangled landscaping.
Police have three people in custody, identified late Friday as Jose Campa, 19, Izaiah Moya, 17, and Jeremy Gurule, 16. Campa is charged with auto burglary, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and several counts of criminal damage to property. Moya and Gurule are being charged as juveniles.
Some callers reported shots were fired in the area, but Gallegos said he had not heard anything more definitive later in the day. He said he had not heard that anyone was injured.
Officer Tanner Tixier, another spokesman for Albuquerque police, said that around 5:30 a.m. police were called to the 7400 block of Lew Wallace NE because a silver Ford pickup truck – later determined to have been stolen – had crashed into Schierman’s home.
“As officers were en route to that call, additional calls came in of a vehicle driving recklessly through the neighborhood, intentionally wrecking into houses and possibly firing rounds from a gun,” Tixier wrote in an email.
He said officers tried to stop the truck but the driver fled in the vehicle. A pursuit was authorized.
Around 6 a.m., police pulled the truck over near Barstow and Eddy NE, about a mile from Schierman’s house.
“Less than five minutes later, officers were able to terminate the pursuit utilizing a PIT maneuver,” Tixier wrote. “Two subjects fled from the vehicle and were located inside a perimeter a short time later.”
Tixier said Campa was the driver. He said Moya was taken into custody when K-9 units made announcements and Gurule was taken into custody after a foot chase. Two guns were recovered.
Officers discovered the truck had been stolen earlier that morning but its owner hadn’t realized it was gone. It remained crashed onto a curb throughout the early morning. Police haven’t said where it was stolen from or if the trio had stolen it.
At least three bullet holes could be seen in the front windshield. Gallegos said no officers fired their weapons.
Schierman said she’s still waiting to hear from the insurance company about paying for repairs. Her car, parked in the garage, narrowly escaped being hit but was trapped inside the garage throughout the day.
She said she’s grateful no one was injured, especially by the gunfire.
“It’s Albuquerque,” Schierman said. “No matter where or what part of town you live in, stuff like this happens.”