The University of New Mexico police apprehended a suspect accused of auto theft on campus early-Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the suspect, Samuel Aragon of Albuquerque, age 37, is not a UNM student. He will be charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property.

Samuel Aragon
Samuel Aragon

Aragon attempted to steal a victim’s car at knife point on the 3rd floor of UNMH West parking structure. Video surveillance showed the suspect walking westbound in K lot.

Shortly after this incident, which occurred around 12:40 p.m., police say Aragon stole a vehicle and trailer at the UNM Duck Pond belonging to Altor Construction Inc., then collided with a UNM Physical Plant Department vehicle. UNM police apprehended Aragon, who fled on foot, nearby shortly after the crash.

The auto theft victim did not report being injured in the incident, but a UNM PPD employee was hurt in the accident.

If you have any information regarding this incident, or notice any suspicious behavior, please contact the UNM Police Department at 505.277.2241.

For more information about campus safety, visit UNM Campus Safety.