When a plastic bag of supposed cocaine turned out to be soap powder, a Santa Fe man told police, he tried to scare the seller into giving him back his money by ramming his pickup head-on into a car carrying five women.
Robert Trujillo, 53, 3193 Agua Fria St., was arrested following the crash at about 4:37 p.m. Thursday. He is charged with five counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon — his 1990 Ford F150 truck.
Santa Fe police officer John DeBaca wrote in the arrest statement that Trujillo “stated that he was intentionally attempting to scare the females so they would give is money back.”
Trujillo told officers that he went to a house in the 1100 block of Harrison Road to buy cocaine. “Mr. Trujillo stated he had given the male $125 and he received a small bag containing what he thought to be cocaine,” the officer wrote. Minutes later, “he quickly became aware that the content of the bag was soap and not cocaine.”
According to the document, Trujillo began yelling “I want my money back” to the people who sold him the soap. He admitted to driving around the house “four or five times,” the officer wrote, noting that Trujillo “admitted to me that he was stupid and that he knew he shouldn’t have done so.”
A woman Trujillo recognized as someone “from prior ‘fake’ transactions,” according to DeBaca’s statement, left the residence and got in a Chevrolet Cavalier. According to the document, the woman sitting in the passenger seat of the small car told police that the car and the pickup began traveling south on Harrison Road, the Cavalier trailing the truck.
The woman, who admitted to police that there were several heroin users in the car, said the truck turned around ahead of them and got back into their lane, driving into the Cavalier “full force,” according to the document.
Another woman in the car who described the accident to police said Trujillo “gunned it” toward them.
When De Baca arrived on the scene minutes after the collision, the officer found heavy damage to the front of the truck and heavy damage to the front passenger side of the Cavalier. He also saw the women beginning to get out of the car, according to the document.
“The females were immediately aggressive towards officers and crying hysterically,” DeBaca wrote. “The male driver of the Ford F150 had a wound to his face and was bleeding profusely.”
All five women and Trujillo were transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries, according to Santa Fe police Lt. Louis Carlos.
While in the hospital, Trujillo told Officer DeBaca “that he wanted to be honest regarding the situation,” DeBaca wrote in the court document. Trujillo went on to say that he was driving 25 miles per hour and “gently” applied the brakes as he approached the car carrying the women. According to the document, Trujillo told DeBaca that “he unintentionally struck the vehicle.”
Trujillo was being held in Santa Fe County jail without bond.
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