ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man is in custody following a SWAT situation in northeast Albuqueruqe. According to the Albuquerque Police Department, officers were trying to arrest Kameron Pennell Monday morning who was wanted on a felony narcotics charge. Police say they found Pennell at 4 a.m. Monday at the Motel 6 located on University Blvd near the Big-I.
Police say Pennell refused to come out for several hours, which is why the SWAT team was called in. Last week during a news conference, APD said they were looking for Pennell and highlighted his long history of property crimes. He has also fled from the police twice since October. Pennell was released from jail and failed to show for court. Pennell has a long history of criminal offenses and failing to appear in court, so why was he out of jail in the first place?
“Obviously, when we have someone who is continuing to violate the law, we take those people’s cases very seriously. We’re always looking to keep offenders in custody who are a menace and in this case, Mr. Pennell has proven himself to be that,” Greer Rose, Deputy Attorney for the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office said.
In July, Pennell was arrested for his alleged involvement in a robbery of Plato’s Closet off Cutler Avenue in Northeast Albuquerque. He was released and failed to show up to pretrial services, a pattern that repeated itself after October and November arrests. It is unclear why Judge Linda Rogers released Pennell after his November arrest but according to his Public Safety Assessment, he has no prior violent convictions. Though, Pennell rated the highest score of six on the scales of New Criminal Activity and Failure To Appear. The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office explained why it didn’t file for Pennell to stay behind bars after Pennell was arrested and charged for possession of meth in November.
“We have to show that he is a danger to the community and unfortunately just not showing up to court doesn’t doesn’t typically get us there,” Rose said. “These cases are difficult to show someone is a danger to the community when the charge is possessing a user amount of drugs or a personal amount of drugs.”
With Pennell’s latest actions escalating into a SWAT situation, Rose said the District Attorney’s Office is planning on filing a motion to keep Pennell behind bars this time. In a statement, APD spokesperson, Rebecca Atkins, said this:
Officers recognized Mr. Pennell after he tried to flee from them on Nov. 28, because he also fled from the same officers a month earlier. He also fled from police in Bernalillo and deputies in Bernalillo County earlier this year. In addition to the resources required to make these repeated arrests, we have also devoted dozens of man-hours to conduct follow-up, use-of-force investigations, deploy our SWAT team, and review the tactics used today by SWAT officers. This takes time and resources away from more productive efforts to fight crime. While it is frustrating to have to arrest a repeat offender many times, APD’s officers are committed to disrupting crime and keep people safe. I also wanted to point out that when we highlighted Mr. Pennell during last week’s news conference, we also featured him on Crime Stoppers, which is how officers were alerted last night to his location at the motel.”
Pennell’s charges from his October 6, 2020 arrest were dismissed after an officer failed to show up to a hearing. Pennell now has a hearing on January 6, 2021, to review his conditions of release from his November arrest.
Pennell eventually surrendered Monday morning.
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