An unidentified man disrupted shopping at a Peralta store this morning after he fled from a traffic stop on N.M. 47.
Bosque Farms Police Chief Paul Linson said a Bosque Farms police officer made a traffic stop on Friday, May 17, and when the vehicle stopped, the passenger jumped out of the car and ran.
“He went into the Family Dollar and by the time the officer went in, he was reported to be in the bathroom in the back of the store,” Linson said.
The store was evacuated and officers established a perimeter around the building, the chief said, and tried to establish contact with the man.
“When we went in, we found that he was gone,” he said. “After watching security video, we determined he’d taken clothes and changed in the back of the store, then walked out with the other people.”
Linson said the man was 5-foot, 11-inches, 200 pounds, 40 to 45 years old. His hair, which is dark brown, was shaved on the sides and short on top.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red shirt taken from the Family Dollar.
At this time, his identify is unknown, the chief said, but he would most likely be charged with shoplifting once located.
Any information about this incident can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP (7867).
Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.