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APD: Real estate agent sick of burglaries drives into man he believed was stealing

Christopher Pino (MDC)

Christopher Pino (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A local real estate agent – who had enough of being burglarized – purposefully hit a man with his car after thinking he was stealing from his Nob Hill property, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Christopher Pino, 51, struck the victim, identified only as “Scooby,” with his red Hummer on Sunday, according to the complaint.

“He only wanted to detain them until police got there,” the officer wrote. “He didn’t have any intentions of killing or hurting anybody.”

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Police said Scooby was in critical condition with non-responsive brain activity as of Sunday afternoon. A spokesman didn’t respond to questions about his status Wednesday.

Pino told officers he got a call from someone who said two people were stealing from his property on Silver near Carlisle SE.

When he arrived, Pino found Scooby and another man, Bill Harper, walking down an alley carrying a “radio which he identified as his,” an officer wrote in the complaint.

Pino told police he hit Scooby with his Hummer at 20 miles per hour and tried to hit Harper as well, according to the complaint. He also told police he threatened Harper with a shovel.

He said he was tired of dealing with repeated burglaries and fires being lit on the property.

“He just wanted them to get arrested to send a message to others to leave the property alone,” the officer wrote.

Pino was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has since been released from the county jail on a $25,000 bond.

Pino could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


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