Bicyclist hit by car then robbed; Police looking for driver who sped off

April 25th, 2011 by Staff

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police are looking for the driver who they said struck a bicyclist and then robbed him outside a northeast Albuquerque grocery store Friday morning.

The victim and his mangled bicycle were all that were left in the alley when police arrived.

A witness told police it seemed as if the driver targeted that bicyclist.

Police said according to the witness the car chased the bike rider through the parking lot of a northeast Albuquerque Albertson’s and then rammed into him.

After the 54-year-old victim was on the ground a man jumped out of the car, grabbed something from the bicyclist and then sped off.

The news left some shoppers in that same parking lot stunned.

“I think it’s just tragic, it’s just tragic,” Waller said. “It’s more than desperate; I don’t know why someone would do that.”

Police said store surveillance video showed the suspect’s car is a white mid-90′s four-door Cadillac. Investigators believe it may be the same car that was reported stolen this morning.

News 13 talked to the owner of the stolen vehicle. He told us he believes it was his 29-year-old son who took the car.

Investigators on the case said the son’s description matches that of one of the suspects in the Albertson’s incident.

The bicyclist was rushed to UNM-Hospital with a head injury and a broken leg. Investigators said he had to undergo surgery for the leg injury.

“You almost have to sit down with these people and ask what’s going through your mind,” Waller said.

Police said they are waiting to talk to the victim to get the full story. For now, investigators believe the mugging may have been a random incident.

Police say there were four people in the car including a juvenile because of that the driver could face a child abuse charge on top of aggravated battery and robbery.

Police have not confirmed that the car is the same one that was reported stolen. However, detectives in both cases are working together.

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