ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Hours after the Albuquerque Police Department ended a standoff with the arrest of one burglary suspect Tuesday, a second suspect surprised a SWAT team by trying to run past them after spending hours hiding out.
The second burglary suspect was taken down around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after he ran directly into the SWAT officers who tried to find him.
It happened at the R. Greenleaf dispensary on Menaul near Washington Boulevard. APD officers first responded to the business around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after someone tripped a burglary alarm.
“Field officers, they did notice someone inside the building,” said APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos about the initial responding officers.
After the initial suspect refused to come outside, APD officer entered the building, finding evidence that the suspect had likely climbed the walls inside the building in a possible effort to hide in the ceiling.
“(Officers) were able to observe that someone had removed ceiling tiles and burrowed in between the businesses,” Gallegos said.
Albuquerque Police SWAT showed up at the business around 9 a.m. APD says officers eventually used a police K9 around noon to capture one male suspect, who was hidden inside a room.
“As he slammed the door, fortunately, the K9 was able to get inside and apprehend the suspect,” Gallegos said.
APD says that suspect is 36-year old Kyle Minard. Police haven’t said what charges he’ll face.
Hours after officers arrested the first suspect, APD SWAT went back to the scene to sweep the building a second time. Officers had a suspicion that another suspect was still inside the building, which is divided into three different suites.
Business employees like Jacob Marsters watched as officers continued there worked into the early evening.
“It’s hard for small businesses to overcome things like this,” Marsters said of the break-in.
Shortly after 4 p.m., APD SWAT officers gave a second “all-clear.” Around 4:30 p.m., a man came running out of one of the building’s empty suites, which used to house an antique store.
KRQE News 13’s camera captured the moment the man came running out the business and toward APD’s SWAT officers who were still on the scene. Officers were able to take the suspect into custody a few hundred feet from the building he had been hiding out in.
APD identified the second suspect as 32-year old Bronson Jeremy Vigil. It is unclear what charges Vigil and Minard will face.
APD says Minard had to be taken to the hospital as he was bitten by the department K9. There were no other reported injuries.