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Boxer-clad suspect allegedly attempts break in using garden shears

Jeremiah Apodaca, 29.

Jeremiah Apodaca, 29.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man faces breaking and entering charges after he allegedly tried to force his way into a Southwest Albuquerque home using garden shears and wearing only his white boxers.

A woman called 911 on Sunday, saying a man she didn’t know was sticking his hands through her dog door, trying to break into her Barelas home, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

When police arrived, they saw the man – later identified as 29-year-old Jeremiah Apodaca – trying to pry open the door with garden shears. He had cut a wire on the side of the house and told police if they came over the fence he would fight them, according to the complaint.

One of the officers told Apodaca he was going to use a Taser on him, and Apodaca said “go ahead” before prying the door open with the shears. When the officer used the Taser, Apodaca pulled the prongs out of his back and the same thing happened when the officer used his Taser a second time.

Police got into the yard and arrested Apodaca, who ran away in handcuffs but stopped and sat down about 20 yards away.

The resident told police he had jumped over her fence and asked to see his daughter. Even though she said she didn’t know him and didn’t have his daughter, he refused to leave. He brandished the garden shears and said he wanted to kill her, according to the complaint.

He was charged with breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools and false imprisonment, and was booked into the county jail on $10,000 bail.

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