New Mexico

Video: Murder suspect evades arrest, crashes into pole

HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) - A New Mexico man accused of accidentally shooting a woman in the back, killing her, did not want to cooperate with police when they went looking for him, and it didn't end well. 

It was a crazy turn of events when Hobbs police tried to arrest suspected killer Jose Acosta three weeks ago.

After bolting from a home in Hobbs, Acosta jumped into a car and took off towards police. Police say they feared for their lives and that’s when bullets started flying.

Hobbs Officer Isidro Urias Mora fired the shots striking the car. No one was injured in the gunfire, but Acosta lost control of his car, knocking down a fence and power pole.

“Get on the ground! Get out of the car right now,” officers commanded.

Kneeling on the ground at the crash scene, Acosta still disobeyed the officers' commands.

“I am on the ground,” Acosta told police.

“On your stomach, get on your stomach,” officers shouted.

Acosta was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Police say he was removing a magazine from a gun in the backseat of an SUV when the gun went off, shooting and killing Yvonne Villalobos, who was in the front passenger seat.

The convicted burglar is also charged with being a felon with a gun. Lea County Magistrate Judge Craig LaBree let Acosta out on a $5,000 cash bond.

Less than a week later, he was arrested again for violating probation by cutting off his ankle monitor. He remains behind bars.

Police say Acosta and a friend simply left Villalobos dying in the Chevy Tahoe and disappeared.


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