APD admits to chasing stolen truck suspected in deadly hit-and-run

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is changing its story about how long they chased a stolen truck suspected in a deadly hit-and-run.

Last month, 15-year-old Manny Tapia was hit and killed walking home from the movies at Coors and Ellison. The next day, APD said they did not chase the car, but shortly after were called to the intersection where Tapia had been hit.

However, a witness came forward to the Albuquerque Journal, claiming cops were chasing the truck with their lights on and both vehicles ran the red light at the intersection.

APD says sit now knows the officer’s lights were on for a longer period of time, but it can’t say how long or if it turned into an official pursuit. APD says it’s investigating.

Police later arrested Juan Carlos Ramirez in the theft of the truck, but no one has been charged in Tapia’s death.

A man who police say is a person of interest in a deadly hit-and-run will stay locked up for now. Court records show Ramirez has a long rap sheet ranging from drug possession and vehicle theft to assault on police.

Thursday in court, the defense asked he be released and sent to a drug program, but the state said he should be held until trial because he’s never finished a drug program in the past. Judge Nash agreed with prosecutors.

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