Tuesday 20 August 2019

Watch: Elderly couple armed with guns stop suspected burglar until police arrive

A couple in Albuquerque turned the tables on a suspected burglar and held him at gunpoint until police arrived at the scene

Mark Molloy

A suspected burglar picked the wrong house to target after he was stopped at gunpoint by an elderly couple.

Aaron Lujan, 26, entered the couple’s garage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began loading items into a SUV parked on the street, police say. 

The suspect is arrested Photo: Albuquerque Police Department
The suspect is arrested Photo: Albuquerque Police Department

 A 70-year-old man confronted Mr Lujan after recognising his belongings and told him to leave but was ignored, it is alleged.

The man grabbed a shotgun and his 66-year-old wife picked up a handgun from their home before apprehending the suspect until the police arrived.

"As the first officer arrived on scene, he found a 70-year-old man holding a shotgun and a 66-year-old woman holding a handgun on a suspect who was later identified as Aaron Lujan, 26," said the Albuquerque Police Department.

The couple stop the suspect Photo: Albuquerque Police Department
The couple stop the suspect Photo: Albuquerque Police Department

"As the officer was handcuffing Lujan, he admitted to having just been released from the Metropolitan Detention Center that very morning."

The statement added: "The victim recognised several of the items as his belongings and so he confronted Lujan and told him to leave.

"Lujan ignored the elderly victim and continued loading the stolen property into the SUV. The victim then went inside his house, told his wife what was happening and then they both exited their house, armed, and held Lujan at gunpoint until officers arrived."

The suspect allegedly attempted to steal several containers, a generator and power tools from the garage.

A friend of the couple, Ron Paneboeuf, told KRQE: "It doesn’t surprise me at all that she would be willing to confront somebody that is doing wrong."

Police dashcam footage shows the suspect cowering next to a car as officers arrive at the scene.

Lujan has been charged with robbery, receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing from an officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon having also been accused of stealing a car at gunpoint.


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