ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pair may be connected with auto-theft ring, earlier shooting at deputy.
Jeremy Kaiser, 33, and Jennifer Bebee, 20, were arrested at a home on Jarales Road in southern Valencia County on Wednesday after leading New Mexico State Police on a brief chase, State Police Lt. Juan Jose Martinez told ABQjournal.com.
State Police originally had set up a perimeter and called in a tactical team at a home near Mills Road and Armijo Road south of Belen after they tried to execute a warrant in search of stolen property around 9 a.m. Wednesday, Martinez said.
After a standoff of about 2 1/2 hours, a man and a woman came out of the house, got into a pickup truck that was believed to have been stolen, then nearly ran over an officer as they backed out of the driveway, Martinez said.
State Police gave pursuit until the two ran into a home on Jarales Road, where after a short time the couple surrendered, he said.
Kaiser has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated fleeing a police officer, aggravated burglary, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools.
Bebee faces the same charges, and is also being held on a felony warrant from Socorro County for alleged auto theft, tampering with evidence and failure to appear.
The two are being held at the Valencia County Detention Center, Martinez said.
Police are investigating a possible link to another chase in Valencia County last Saturday, where the occupants of a suspected stolen vehicle fired shots at Deputy Frank Methola, according to a report on KRQE-TV News 13 .
Methola was unhurt in the incident, and a Ford pickup truck that had been reported stolen in Albuquerque and which had a license plate out of Gallup was found overturned in a ditch in Tome, according to a report in the Valencia County News-Bulletin .
The suspects in Wednesday's incident may be involved a much wider auto-theft ring, according to broadcast reports.
But Martinez said the investigation into Saturday's shooting and chase, as well as connections to a larger auto-theft ring, is ongoing, and no charges have been filed.