State Police catch suspect, search for victim in I-40 road rage incident

An early morning case of road rage had New Mexico State Police catch up to a suspect on I-40, but now investigators say they can’t find the victim. 

Officers are now looking for the driver of a dark purple or maroon four-door Kia sedan with a turquoise-colored New Mexico license plate. Investigators believe the female driver of that sedan had a gun pointed at her.  

It happened around 8 a.m. Monday on I-40 eastbound between Unser and Coors. State Police say the apparent victim stopped to report the incident to an officer who was pulled over in the median between the two exits. 

“We want to find the victim to get a resolution in this case,” said Lt. Mark Soriano of New Mexico State Police. 

State Police say the sergeant was in the median doing traffic enforcement work when the Kia pulled over next to the officer, who was in his vehicle.  

The driver of the Kia reported a man in a red Jeep brandishing and a gun and point it at her. The approximate location of the gun pulling is said to have happened on I-40 near 98th Street. 

While the alleged victim stayed put in the median between Coors and Unser, the officer took off after the suspect. 

“(The officer) saw the red Jeep out in the distance activated his emergency equipment and went after the red Jeep,” said Lt. Soriano. 

New Mexico State Police caught up to the suspect, but in the meantime, they say the victim disappeared before officers were able to identify her.

“We’re trying to locate the victim and to continue the investigation,” said Lt. Soriano. 

At this point, they’re not sure why the victim vanished, however, the department so far believes the victim’s story was credible. 

They’re asking the victim or anyone may have seen something Monday morning to call State Police. 

“When we get a call for service, we want to go ahead and follow through from start to finish,” said Lt. Soriano. 

State Police haven’t charged or released any information about the suspect yet, but typically without a victim, officers won’t be able to pursue the case. 

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