Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Slain Suspect Had Long Record
By Rozanna M. Martinez
Journal Staff Writer
A robbery suspect who was fatally shot by police in a busy store parking lot had been arrested 19 times prior to Monday's incident.
Albuquerque police received a tip Monday morning that a vehicle involved in a robbery was at the Walmart in the 2500 block of Coors NW. Detectives set up surveillance and later saw a man matching a description of the robbery suspect leave the store and get into a Jeep.
The man was later identified as Mickey Owings, 26.
Police vehicles blocked the Jeep, but Owings drove into police cars.
Albuquerque police officer Kevin Sanchez, a 15-year veteran, fired at the Jeep, striking Owings.
A pregnant woman, Michelle Munoz, 26, was in the Jeep with Owings during the incident. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to comply with her probation stemming from a heroin possession charge, according to jail records.
Owings has been convicted on various charges, including receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle; robbery; aggravated battery; DWI; battery against a household member; and resisting, evading and/or obstructing an officer, according to court records.
In August 2007, Owings approached a family as they were getting into their car outside the emergency pickup area at University of New Mexico Hospital. He claimed to be armed and threatened to "start shooting people" if the family did not get out of the car, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Owings drove away in the car after the family exited.
He was sentenced in state District Court in November 2008 and required to serve two years in jail followed by five years' probation, according to court records.