Published: 9:39 am, Tue. Apr. 17th, 2018Updated: 9:37 am
NMSP officers were called Jan. 18 to investigate a video posted online showing a male suspect shooting from within a moving vehicle at a semi-truck traveling along the interstate. The male suspect shot at the semi with a pistol-style pellet gun and shattered the truck’s driver’s-side window. Additionally, the video showed minors who were also participating inside the suspect’s vehicle during the commission of the crime.
The victim told the NMSP that around noon Jan. 7, he was driving his fully-loaded semi-truck eastbound on I-40 near Unser Boulevard in Albuquerque when a gray pickup drove beside him and fired pellets into the front driver’s-side window. The window shattered, and pieces of glass flew into the cab of the truck. The victim’s wife, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, called police. The suspect vehicle fled the scene, and the victim was unable to get a license plate number. The victim reported the incident to local police. However, the suspects were never located at that time.
Through extensive investigation and interviews, the shooting suspect was identified by NMSP as Koby Alan Garcia, 18, of Seama. Police learned Garcia has possibly committed additional similar crimes against other motorists. Anyone who may be a victim of such an incident is asked to contact the NMSP at the number below.
Garcia has an active warrant for his arrest on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (third-degree felony); tampering with evidence (fourth-degree felony); contributing to the delinquency of a minor (fourth-degree felony); and criminal damage to property.
Garcia is a student at Grants High School and is known to have relatives in Roswell.
He drives an off-white 2004 Mitsubishi Galant bearing New Mexico plate “JTH 022” and a Texas Tech University “TT” emblem on the lower right side of the trunk.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Garcia or with any information regarding this crime or additional crimes, is asked to call the New Mexico State Police office in Grants at 505-287-4377 or email Cpt. Eric Schum at [email protected]