Two suspects still on loose in home invasion incident

Posted at: 03/26/2013 10:24 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two suspects in a home invasion in Northeast Albuquerque on Tuesday morning are still on the run.

The man and woman are accused of beating up an elderly couple and shooting at a neighbor during their getaway.

Neighbors say this type of crime is becoming an all too familiar sight.

A neighborhood “under siege” is how some neighbors describe the area in and around Arizona Street in Northeast Albuquerque near Constitution and San Pedro.

"We have been here a long time and this is the one of the few times that we are concerned about what's happening," said resident Cris Underwood.

“It's a little alarming.  We've been on the alert since, for several months now," said resident Emilie Underwood.

In the latest break-in, police say a man and woman knocked on the door of the elderly Vietnamese couple, asked to use the bathroom and rushed inside.

The man kicked the 68-year-old woman in the chest, hit her 70-year-old husband on the head with a gun and got away with their cell phone.

Their neighbor chased after the suspect in his truck.

That chase ended with three shots fired at the truck, one hitting the tire.

Another neighbor says the same people knocked on his door first.

"She said she used live in this neighborhood and she thought maybe that was the house," said the man who doesn’t want to be identified.

Asked why he didn’t fall for it, he said, ‘We're suspicious people and we tend to be these days. It's so unfortunate but that's the way life is.”

The Mark Twain Neighborhood Association says they’ve counted 40 incidents involving auto burglaries and home invasions.

"In the last three or four months we've had a whole rash of incidents here,” said president of the association Barbara Lohbeck.

Lohbeck says neighbors met with police over safety concerns just a few weeks ago, although no action was taken.

"The neighborhood is coming together to combat this, I mean we need to take it back," she said.

Police describe the male suspect as a black male, in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall, medium build, last wearing a Denver Broncos jersey or orange sweatshirt.

The female is only described as a white or Hispanic woman.