Car theft victim could be charged after shooting at suspected thief


A car theft victim could be facing criminal charges after tailing the suspected thief, then firing off shots at him. Albuquerque Police then took over the chase and shot the thief.

That car theft victim, Amber Trujillo, tried to take matters into her own hands to get her car back, and she could be in trouble for it.

Earlier this month, she was a passenger in a car when she spotted her red Hyundai Sonata that was stolen just a few days earlier. 

She followed the car for a mile or two near the fairgrounds with a child in the backseat. She took three shots at the suspected thief, missing him, but hitting her Hyundai.

“You can follow from a distance from a safe distance, but immediately call the police. We don’t want people following their cars. As evident by this, it could have resulted in a situation where shots are fired. Some people could have been in jeopardy,” said Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier. 

Pedro Escalante, 26, was driving the stolen car. After police got involved, video shows him running a stop sign near Zuni and Louisiana and hitting another car. After the crash, you can see Escalante get out of the stolen car and run. 

In police lapel, you can hear Officer James Sullivan yell at Escalante, then fire four shots. Eyewitnesses say Escalante pointed a gun at the officer.

Escalante was wounded and is now at MDC for the chase, the stolen car and for pointing the gun at the officer. Police say Escalante’s gun was used in a shooting in March. 

Meanwhile, Trujillo could face a child abuse charge because a 2-year-old was in the vehicle with her, along with assault with a deadly weapon and shooting from a car.

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