An Albuquerque homeowner was shot after he arrived home Tuesday afternoon, found his front door kicked in and got in a fight with two suspected burglars, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
Eric Anaya, the 35-year-old victim, was shot in the upper shoulder by suspected home invader Albert Jaramillo, 22, according to BCSO Capt. Edward Mims.
Anaya was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital, and BCSO Lt. Andi Taylor said he was in satisfactory condition at the hospital Tuesday night.
Deputies were called to the Valley Gardens neighborhood near Coors and Gun Club after multiple people called 911 to report two suspicious people knocking on doors and ringing doorbells in the neighborhood around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. While deputies were on their way, they received another call — this time from Anaya’s fiancee — that there was a shooting in the 5100 block of West Glen SW.
Jaramillo tried to run away on foot, but a deputy saw him acting suspiciously and arrested him in the area after a perimeter was set up, Taylor said. He will be charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery, among other things. The other suspect escaped before the perimeter had been set up. Taylor said deputies have “very good leads” on who and where that suspect is.
Deputies say Anaya came home from a funeral around 2 p.m. with his child and fiancee, and found his front door kicked in. He went inside and found two people trying to burglarize his home.
He confronted them and the two suspects attacked him, Taylor said. The fight moved onto the street, and that’s when a second offender — who was still at large Tuesday evening — jumped into Jaramillo’s vehicle. The second suspect drove the car into the victim’s car, which was holding Anaya’s fiancee and his child, before fleeing. That suspect’s identity wasn’t released.
Jaramillo shot Anaya, and deputies found the victim lying in the street, according to deputies.
“I am sure it was absolutely terrifying for them, that’s the last thing you expect to find when you come home,” Taylor said. “It’s very disheartening that people do this.”
Jaramillo was wanted on three felony warrants and he will also be charged with a parole violation, Taylor said. He was taken to the hospital for an elevated heart rate and was under guard there Tuesday night. Mims said he would be booked into the county jail when he was released.