ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A man running from the cops got more than he bargained for when he barged into a northwest Albuquerque house Thursday night.
Albuquerque police say a little before 9 p.m. an officer noticed a black Hyundai Elantra driving suspiciously slow north from Menaul Boulevard NW on Second Street. Police say the car continued into a neighborhood.
When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, a passenger got out and ran. The driver then stopped the car, exchanged words with the officer and ran away.
APD has identified the driver as Daniel Silva, 39, whom police say is a documented gang member. Police say Silva dropped a lot of ammunition and thousands of dollars in cash as he ran.
"We have no idea why he acted the way he acted and why he was so diligent in trying to get away from police," Officer Robert Gibbs said. "We spoke to his girlfriend, who lives in the area, and she had informed us that he had just gone to the store, but it doesn't really add up."
Police say Silva then broke into a home on First Street NW. Leonard Martinez was home with his mother when they heard a commotion from a front bedroom.
"'Can I say in here, bro? The cops are after me,'" Martinez quoted Silva as saying. "I said, 'No, man.'
"That's when he grabbed me by the neck. I guess that second punch was a lucky one and it knocked him out."
Martinez told KRQE News 13 he threw Silva out the back door where cops and a K-9 were looking for him.
Police say Silva wasn't armed when he was apprehended.
As of Friday afternoon, Silva was still at UNM Hospital where he was being treated for injuries from the police dog.
Police say Silva will face aggravated residential burglary and eluding charges among others.
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