Video: Police miss gun in pat down, take armed suspect to jail

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New video shows police brought a suspect to the Bernalillo County Jail and removed his handcuffs before realizing he had a loaded gun in his waistband.

Video shows Albuquerque Police pat down the suspect more than once, but APD said three of its officers had to be retrained on how to properly do that after missing the weapon.

Albuquerque Police can be seen in lapel video moving in for an arrest two months ago after finding a stolen car at Menaul and University. Police handcuffed the two suspects and then searched the car.

“It is running with no key, huh?” one officer pointed out.

“Is there a gun?” an officer asked.

There was, but police said it was hidden in 25-year-old Jacob Piggott’s waistband, although they didn’t know it at the time.

“Knives, needles, anything going to poke me, sir? Yes? No?” an officer asked Piggott.

Then, the officer patted Piggott down. He found a bag of meth but no gun.

Police said they took Piggott to APD headquarters for questioning and then to jail, where video shows another officer take Piggott’s handcuffs off.

Piggott took his shoes off, and the officer patted him down. Then, video shows Piggott sitting down, unrestrained.

It was not until Piggott went through a body scanner that the .45 caliber handgun was detected. An officer handcuffed Piggott and got the gun.

Days after this happened in August, KRQE questioned APD.

“This was concealed enough in his waistband by his private area that we missed it. No ifs ands or buts about it,” Officer Simon Drobik told KRQE News 13 two months ago.

The department said it took action as soon as it found out what happened.

“The three officers, the next day, immediately it was brought to our attention. That was taken care of that day, disciplined and trained,” Drobik said.

KRQE reached out to APD on Monday for the names of the three officers who were disciplined. An APD spokesperson said she did not have the names in front of her at the moment.

KRQE News 13 asked her to get back to us after she was able to get the names, but we never heard back.

We do know Trey Economidy was at the scene. In a criminal complaint, he said he discovered the stolen car while on “random patrol.”

Economidy made the news before after a 2011 officer-involved shooting. He was also suspended after listing his job on Facebook as “human waste disposal.”

Piggott was charged with receiving and transferring a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. He is not charged for bringing a gun to jail. APD said that charge has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s office and will likely be added when the case goes to a grand jury.

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