New Mexico man facing federal charges for February shooting

New Mexico man facing federal charges for February shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico man is facing federal charges after an auto theft investigation turned into a violent police chase through an Albuquerque hotel. Four months ago, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies tried to stop 39-year-old Lupe Vargas for an ineligible temporary tag. Vargas crashed his car into a pillar at the Ramada Hotel in northeast Albuquerque, shot at deputies, and then ran into the hotel.


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During the pursuit, BCSO said Vargas changed out of his white tank top into a red shirt and then walked out of the hotel acting like nothing happened. A K9 deputy did not take the bait and led police to Vargas.

According to court documents, Vargas has a long criminal history starting when he was just 11 years old. Vargas is now being federally charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm and attempted carjacking.

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