Felon arrested following shooting near Romeroville

Felon arrested following shooting near Romeroville

From the Las Vegas Optic

A convicted felon fired at least five shots at a car in the parking lot of a gas station near Romeroville, according to court records.

Juan D. Rubio, 40, of Tucumcari, was arrested Sept. 8. He faces several felony charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Just before 7 p.m. Sept. 8, New Mexico State Police responded to a report of shots being fired at a Speedway gas station south of Las Vegas, just off I-25 at Exit 339.

Witnesses told police that after gunshots were fired, a dark-colored Dodge Challenger fled north using the frontage road, and that a blue Nissan Altima fled the area going east on U.S. Highway 84. Investigators located six spent bullet casings near the entrance to the gas station’s parking lot.

About 20 minutes after police received the initial report, State Police officers in Guadalupe County pulled over a blue Nissan after spotting it driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone. Rubio was a passenger in the car, and a woman was driving, according to a criminal complaint filed in Guadalupe County Magistrate Court. Officers noticed several .45-caliber rounds in the backseat of the car, and both Rubio and the woman had been convicted of felonies, legally barring them from possessing firearms or ammunition.