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APD uses drone to arrest man who attacked postman

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — An Albuquerque criminal accused of assaulting a mailman thought he would get away with it by running and hiding in a backyard. What he didn’t know was that the Albuquerque Police Department had a drone on hand and spotted his hideout in no time.

Shortly after threatening a mailman with a knife, police said Elias Gallegos fled and hid in a stranger’s backyard a few blocks away near Constitution and San Mateo. The criminal complaint states that officers saw Gallegos walking around the neighborhood and when they tried to arrest him, he ran away, jumping over walls and hiding in backyards.

What Gallegos didn’t know is that APD sent up a drone to get a bird’s eye view, which quickly zeroed in on Gallegos. Officers surrounded the home and let the surprised homeowner know that a criminal was in his backyard. Police say Gallegos was trying to break into the home when they approached him, one of the officers fired his beanbag gun to stop him.

After Gallegos surrendered, police found his knife in the shed where he was hiding. Gallegos has a long criminal history. Gallegos could have been in prison before this ever happened. In 2020, he was given a three-year suspended sentence for two separate crimes, including threatening a shopkeeper with a knife and breaking into a city car. He is now in federal custody awaiting trial for assaulting a federal employee.

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