From the report of Las Cruces Police Officer Joshua Milks, lightly edited for clarity and brevity and coming in either part three or part four:
On May 9, 2019 I was on regular uniform patrol in the city of Las Cruces, driving a marked patrol unit, when I heard Officer Rodriguez call for assistance at the Walmart on South Valley. Officer Rodriguez had been dispatched to a shoplifting incident, and a short time later announced on the radio that he was in a foot pursuit. Just before I arrived, Officer Rodriguez stated he had a male detained at the La Quinta Inn just north of the Walmart. The lots are only divided by a ditch.
Officer Rodriguez stated that other subjects had run from him and he was only able to catch one. He asked for more units to meet him at the La Quinta to assist with his arrestee.
I arrived at the La Quinta and started driving around the parking lot looking for Officer Rodriguez. While in the process of asking Officer Rodriguez for his location, I saw a male subject wearing black shorts, black shirt and a black baseball cap throw down his backpack and start running westbound through the parking lot. I told Officer Rodriguez I had a male subject running from me and he replied the suspect was wearing all black with a black hat on.
This series presents the story of how the police got into a foot chase with the wrong guy… who ended up giving being uninvolved, but still gave the police a fake name… and was eventually arrested for that anyway. Stay tuned.
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