Man behind bars after attempted car jacking

Posted at: 01/13/2013 5:11 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque police arrested 19-year-old Luis Arreola-Palma for holding a mother and her two children at gunpoint in front of their car and attacking another man on his bike.

It happened Friday night near Coors and Central.

It started when police said Arreola-Palma came to a woman leaving her home. Her 16-year-old was helping load things into her car and her two-year-old was already in the car.

She said Arreola-Palma pulled a handgun on her and also pointed it at her son and daughter. The complaint then said Arreola-Palma ran away on 63rd street and met a man riding a bicycle.

The complaint said Arreola-Palma shouted "this is Southside" to the man before hitting the man in the head with the muzzle of his gun.

The victims said Arreola-Palma ran away. The brother-in-law of the woman allegedly robbed talked about the shock of the attack.

"I had no ties to this guy. He knew nothing about us or why. He seized an opportunity. There was a woman and a 16-year-old kid and he figured he'd try to victimize them," the man said who did not want to give his name.

Police said Arreola-Palma than ran several blocks and came to another man's apartment. The witness said Arreola-Palma claimed to be part of the "Sur 18" gang. He said the suspect also showed him a handgun.

That is when police showed up after receiving a call from the woman about Arreola-Palma and the attack.

Arreola-Palma ran from police but tripped and fell in a backyard. Police arrested him and found a handgun in his right pant pocket.

Police said the suspect kept talking about being a gang-member at least three times.

He has been charged with two counts of attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, three counts of assault to commit a violet felony, two counts of abandonment/abuse of a child, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.