Gael Rodriguez was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for a carjacking in Northwest Albuquerque in January, according to a Wednesday announcement from Alexander M.M. Uballez, the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
On Jan. 16, police responded to a carjacking at the River Walk apartments, near Corrales and Alameda, and found a woman bleeding from her left hand. She told police a man asked her for a cigarette, which she did not have, then demanded her purse and keys to her vehicle. When the woman resisted, Rodriguez stabbed her in the hand then grabbed the keys and fled in the woman’s vehicle. Rodriguez, a 20-year-old citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty on March 23. Rodriguez will be subject to three years of supervised release and deportation after he is released from prison.
Police were able to locate the vehicle in Corrales and arrest Rodriguez after a short pursuit on foot.