Man posing as UPS worker forces way into home and injures teen

Posted at: 04/06/2013 9:36 PM
Updated at: 04/06/2013 9:37 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

nullAn Albuquerque teen is recovering tonight after a man pretending to be a UPS worker forced his way into a home. That’s when police said the man slashed the teen’s face with a box cutter.

It happened Saturday afternoon near Winrock Mall.

Police told KOB Eyewitness News 4 the man is still on the run.

The teen’s uncle told KOB he was home alone when he heard a knock at the door. He thought his mom was expecting a package.

The news had neighbors worried it could happen again.

Neighbors who live near Pennsylvania Place are left with many questions Saturday. “What was the purpose? What was the intent?,” asked Carla Zuniga.

Zuniga’s 7 year-old son knows to never open the door to strangers. “When a bell rings I just look through the window and if it’s one of my friends or something, I open the door but first I ask my parents,” said Joshua Zuniga.

Zuniga never thought she had to teach her son to never open the door to a mailman or a UPS worker. “I know he’ll go to the mailman. I think it’s more of educating him to know not to. It’s scary but who do you trust? You don’t trust anybody anymore,” added Zuniga, who’s lived in the area for more than 10 years.

KOB learned people pretending to be UPS workers to commit a crime is rather uncommon. But still, Zuniga said she will use this situation as a tool.

Police told KOB this is still an ongoing investigation. The teen told police the man who pretended to be a UPS worker looked about 40 years-old and was wearing a UPS shirt and hat.