Life in a banana republic-state

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“When an Albuquerque couple caught a man burglarizing their garage, they asked him to stop.

“When that didn’t work, they pulled out a rifle and a handgun, and held him at gunpoint until police officers arrived…”

“Upon arrival, I observed an older male … pointing some type of rifle at a male suspect on his knees,” an officer wrote in a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

“Lujan, while being handcuffed, told police that he had recently been released from the county jail. Jail and court records show he got out Wednesday after posting bail in a July drug case.”

“Homeowner George Kennedy, 70, told officers that he was in his garage when he noticed a man loading items into a sport utility vehicle nearby. Kennedy saw that some of the items the man was loading – including a generator and a cooler – were his…

“He went over to the man, later identified as Lujan, and asked him to stop, but Lujan continued loading the items, according to the complaint. Kennedy went inside and got his wife, Rebecca Kennedy, 66, and they armed themselves.

“They held Lujan until officers arrived…”

“When police searched Lujan, they found keys belonging to Rebecca Kennedy in his pocket. Police also discovered that the SUV Lujan was loading the stolen items into was stolen…”

“Lujan was arrested, charged with residential burglary and booked back into jail.”

BUT – this is New Mexico. Even a former governor admitted life here is more like living in the 3rd World than a modern nation. We have a judicial system that is a perfect example of that. There are no standards. Care and concern for ordinary citizens does not exist.

Lujan was taken back to jail. Remember he just violated his bail from a drug case. No worry. Going before a judge on the burglary charges, he was released on his own recognizance. No need for bail, then, you see.

Back on the streets.

3 thoughts on “Life in a banana republic-state

  1. Catch & Release says:

    Aaron Lujan is reportedly back in jail after robbing another elderly woman. According to police, his latest victim was robbed Saturday at gunpoint and her keys were taken. Later in the day she was contacted by a man and told to meet him in a Target parking lot to retrieve her keys. Police were waiting when he appeared and after a chase Aaron Lujan was found hiding in a tree, at which point the criminal mastermind was taken into custody. As was the case with the robbery Lujan had attempted two days earlier, the vehicle he was using had been stolen from a separate victim. Police say that on this occasion, Saturday night, Lujan was working with an accomplice, Summer Molina, and that the two of them planned to follow the elderly woman home to burglarize her house. Lujan has been charged with robbery, receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing from a peace officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Molina was also found to have an outstanding warrant. This makes the third time Mr. Lujan has been arrested since he was released from jail on Wednesday after posting bail – with the way the criminal justice system functions in N.M. it’s highly unlikely that this represents any sort of record. http://krqe.com/2015/11/22/burglar-targets-elderly-victim-again/

  2. Fearless Fosdick says:

    “Albuquerque Police Department Rakes in Huge Profits From Forfeiture Practice” http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going/albuquerque-police-department-rakes-in-huge-profits-from-forfeiture-practice-160907?news=859439 “Albuquerque hauls in more than $1 million a year by seizing cars, sometimes from innocent people, in defiance of state law and public outrage, claims a mother who wants the city’s program declared unconstitutional.
    The civil forfeiture program has been just one aspect of increasingly unpopular police actions in Albuquerque. Public outrage at “policing for profit” forced the Legislature to pass a Forfeiture Reform Law, House Bill 560, which took effect in July 2015. It bans most forms of civil forfeiture in New Mexico.
    But Albuquerque continued doing it and plans to expand, even after state Senators Lisa Torraco and Daniel Ivey-Soto sued the city in November 2015, after the city “approved $2.5 million in new bonds to purchase a larger parking lot to hold all the cars the city expects to seize.”
    According to the plaintiff “The city’s 2016 budget, for instance, anticipates that $512,000 will be transferred from the fund that received vehicle forfeiture revenues to pay the salaries of ‘two paralegals, two attorneys, two DWI seizure assistants and one DWI seizure coordinator.’” The budget item shows that Albuquerque has “a direct financial incentive for city officials to seize property even in marginal cases.”

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