RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (KRQE) – The Alamogordo Police Department has apprehended a suspect who was on the run after reportedly punching an officer. Officials say Chris Pietz of Alamogordo was pulled over for a traffic stop early Sunday morning.
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The incident happened on U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs where officials say Pietz allegedly hit a Ruidoso Downs Police officer on the side of the head with his fist before taking off on foot. The officer was not badly hurt.
After fleeing the scene, Lincoln County Sheriff Michael Wood urged people to not approach Pietz, who was believed to be armed. “..who is wanted on multiple warrants, extraditable nationwide. Some of those involve battery on law enforcement,” said Sheriff Wood.
Online records show Pietz’s criminal history spans more than two decades, including convictions for aggravated battery, forgery, and resisting an officer. The Alamogordo Police Department reports that around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, authorities learned of Pietz’s whereabouts, and officers along with the Otero County Sheriff’s Office went to an Alamogordo residence where he was seen in the home.
Police state Pietz ran and tried to hide inside the house but was later called out and taken into custody.