Suspect and his Mother Both Facing Charges
An Albuquerque Police Officer is recovering this morning after she was struck by a suspect’s car. Police say that Andy Lugo, 30, intentionally struck the officer in attempt to escape arrest.
The officer was transported by ambulance to the hospital after losing consciousness shortly after the crash. She did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Officers and Organized Crime Unit Detectives were working the holiday tactical plan at the Coronado Mall Wednesday night when they decided to make contact with a man and a woman suspected of felony shoplifting. As officers approached the duo, they attempted to flee. The female suspect, later identified as Margaret Lugo, 46, was apprehended by police. Lugo’s son, Andy Lugo, fled the scene in a 2000 blue Chrysler 300 4-door sedan, striking the female officer in an apparent deliberate maneuver of his vehicle.
Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Andy Lugo for aggravated battery on a police officer. According to the Metropolitan Detention Center he has been arrested more than 15 times in the past for various charges including burglary, shoplifting and auto theft.
Margaret Lugo has been charged with conspiracy and aggravated battery on a police officer and is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a $20,000 cash bond. Margaret Lugo has been arrested by Albuquerque Police for larceny and shoplifting six times prior to this incident.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Andy Lugo should call 242-COPS.