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Man accused of shooting at vehicle arrested in Albuquerque


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An Albuquerque man accused of pulling a gun on a woman in the parking lot of a Roswell convenience store and then firing several rounds at a vehicle was arrested Dec. 17 on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Steven January Perez, 29, was found by New Mexico State Police and apprehended in Albuquerque, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department.

Wildermuth said Tuesday he did not have more details about the arrest.

Police obtained a warrant Dec. 11 for Perez’s arrest on one count each of aggravated assault; shooting at or from a motor vehicle; and firearms or destructive devices, receipt, transportation or possession by a felon, according to court documents filed Dec. 16 in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

The charges are in connection with a Dec. 13 incident at a 2200 block of Sunset Avenue convenience store.

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According to court documents, a Hispanic male “with tattoos on his face” pulled a gun on a woman and then fired it at a vehicle. No one was reported injured.

Officers were initially dispatched to the store at about 9 p.m. in reference to a shots fired call.

Court documents state a woman tried to pull into a handicapped parking space in the store’s parking lot before noticing a small car was already occupying the spot.

She then pulled back, parked by the gas pumps, and waited for the vehicle to leave so she could park in the handicapped space. The woman, according to court documents, later told police a man then came out of the store, called the woman a derogatory name and allegedly aimed a gun at her.

He then turned his attention away from the woman and towards a man in a white 2013 Chrysler. Court documents state he then reportedly fired about four rounds, one of which struck the vehicle’s right rear fender.

The driver of the Chrysler later told police he heard the gunshots and drove away. He added that he discovered his vehicle was hit after he returned home.

At least one witness told police the man who fired the shots then got into the vehicle in the handicapped space, pulled out of the parking lot and turned east on Poe Street at a high rate of speed, passing stop signs.

According to court documents, the woman he allegedly aimed a gun at was shown a photo array by police and was immediately able to identify Perez as the suspect.

Judge K.C. Rogers on Tuesday set Perez’s bond at $10,000 cash or surety during a first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court, according to electronic court records.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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