Albuquerque NM Feb 12 2017 Albuquerque police have arrested a man suspected of robbing several stores at gunpoint in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, including a Dec. 12 incident at Santa Fe’s Home Depot.
Frank Hermansen of Albuquerque is accused of firing a .22-caliber handgun while leaving the home improvement store after stealing several items. No one was injured in the incident. Hermansen also is suspected of pointing a gun at an employee of a Home Depot on Coors Boulevard in Albuquerque during a September robbery.
Hermansen, 59, faces three felony counts of aggravated assault in a complaint filed in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.
A criminal complaint also was filed in the Santa Fe County Magistrate Court charging Hermansen with two felony counts of larceny, as well as felony counts of armed robbery, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He also faces a misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon near a dwelling or building, according to the court records.
KRQE-TV first reported Hermansen’s arrest.
In another incident Dec. 23, an arrest warrant affidavit says, Hermansen is accused of loading a shopping cart at a Smith’s grocery store in Albuquerque with nearly $140 worth of laundry detergent and baby diapers. A security guard and cashier stopped him as he attempted to walk out without paying, the complaint says, and Hermansen pointed a pistol at the guard before leaving the store.
He then fired the pistol in the air after being approached by another Smith’s employee in the parking lot, the complaint says, and the employee snapped a picture of his license plate as he drove away.
Police sent out an alert on Crime Stoppers. Security staff at the Downs Racetrack and Casino in Albuquerque detained Hermansen on Sunday after recognizing his face in the Crime Stoppers bulletin, the complaint says. Albuquerque officers arrested him.
Bernalillo County jail records show Hermansen had not been released as of Friday afternoon. He had not yet pleaded to the charges.