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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools is warning parents and students after an Albuquerque High School student claims he was robbed at gunpoint.
The student claims he was forced into a car and robbed Friday morning around 6:30 a.m. while walking alone to a school bus stop near the intersection of Carlisle and Gibson boulevards.
According to APS, the student was released sometime later and was not hurt. The alleged abductors were described as “two Hispanic females and one Hispanic male,” and said to be driving “small, red colored car.”
While APS Police and Albuquerque Police Department are still investigating the alleged incident, the district isn’t taking any chances in letting others knows about what may have happened.
Friday afternoon, the district sent a letters to Albuquerque High School students and parents, along with notifying staff, students and parents at five other southeast area schools, including Bandelier, Kirtland, Lowell and Whittier elementary schools and Wilson Middle School.
The warnings about the alleged incident continued into Monday afternoon, while students at Albuquerque High say the school posted flyers about the incident.
“They put flyers in the main entrance and they had flyers around the school,” said Saul Hernandez, a sophomore at AHS.
Hernandez said he first heard about the incident on Snapchat and didn’t know what to think.
“I didn’t know if it was true or not,” said Hernandez, before seeing the flyers in person.
At Bandelier Elementary, the warning was on the minds of a few people picking up students Monday.
“It scares me to death,” said Lindy Messier, a grandparent of a 10-year-old. “If something happened to her, oh my gosh.”
A student at Bandelier, Messier’s granddaughter told KRQE News 13 that the school’s principal encouraged students “not to walk to and from school.”
Picking up her granddaughter, Messier said she feels her school is safe, but makes sure her granddaughter always has a way to and from the building.
“Trying to make sure that I’m here a little bit before she gets out of school,” Messier.
Another parent, Nate Tremba, said he appreciated APS’ warning.
“I think if we’re all informed, the harder it is for things like this to happen, if everybody’s watching out, a little extra vigilance can go a long way,” said Tremba.
KRQE News 13 is attempting to obtain a copy of the police report tied to the AHS student’s alleged abduction. It is still unclear how long the student was allegedly taken for and what was said to be stolen from him.
Below is the text of the letter APS sent out regarding the incident:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I wanted to make you aware of an incident in which an Albuquerque High School student allegedly was forced into a car by gunpoint and robbed on his way to the bus stop near Carlisle and Gibson around 6:30 a.m. Friday.
The student was released by his abductors a short while later. He was unharmed, though he was quite shaken by the experience.
The car was described as a small, red-colored vehicle. The abductors were described as two Hispanic females and one Hispanic male. The car was driven by one of the females.
APS Police are investigating along with the Albuquerque Police Department. They also have stepped up patrol in the neighborhood.
This is a very serious situation and we are thankful that no one was harmed. We are asking that our students be especially vigilant as they walk to and from school or the bus stop, and we discourage them from walking alone.
Please contact us if you have questions or if you or your child has any additional information to share.
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