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APD shot at tires of suspect with warrants

Rio Rancho and Albuquerque police officers examine a damaged sedan that they said belongs to 33-year-old Jeremy Robertson, whom APD detectives confronted Thursday in Rio Rancho. Robertson was wanted on felony warrants. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Rio Rancho and Albuquerque police officers examine a damaged sedan that they said belongs to 33-year-old Jeremy Robertson, whom APD detectives confronted Thursday in Rio Rancho. Robertson was wanted on felony warrants. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Albuquerque Police Department detectives fired shots at the tires of a suspect wanted on at least two felony warrants Thursday near the Walgreens at Rio Rancho and Southern boulevards, according to Rio Rancho police.

Rio Rancho Police Department spokeswoman Janet Garcia said it’s unclear whether the detective who fired actually struck the suspect’s tires, but the suspect was later taken into custody about one and a half miles away from the Walgreens. She said no one was injured or shot by police.

Garcia said detectives with APD’s Repeat Offender Project team spotted the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Jeremy Robertson, near N.M. 528 and Coors and followed him, in an unmarked vehicle, into Rio Rancho. Garcia said APD detectives en route called Rio Rancho police requesting a marked vehicle. Rio Rancho and Albuquerque officers attempted to approach Robertson in a parking lot but he sped away in his vehicle. It was then officers attempted to shoot out his tires, Garcia said. She said it is unclear how many shots were fired.

Robertson headed about 1.5 miles west on Southern and crashed his silver sedan near the Entrada Pointe apartment complex at the intersection of Country Club Drive. Garcia said he then fled on foot. Police apprehended him nearby shortly after.

According to online court records, Robertson is wanted on a felony warrant on a slew of charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated fleeing, conspiracy and illegally receiving or transferring a vehicle. Apart from the most recent warrant, Robertson’s run-ins with police are numerous and go as far back as 1998, beginning with a drug charge, the court records show.

Garcia also said an RRPD vehicle called in to assist APD was damaged, though it’s not yet clear whether the vehicle was damaged by Robertson’s sedan or at another point in the encounter.

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