- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a suspect in two Albuquerque carjackings was being sought by investigators in an armed robbery case when he started to steal vehicles in a bid to evade capture.

Thomas Martinez, 26, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of vehicle theft, carjacking and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Investigators say the spree began as officers were conducting surveillance at a hotel in hopes of taking Martinez into custody in the robbery case.

Martinez is accused of fleeing on foot as officers approached him, carjacking a vehicle and dragging a detective with the sedan until the officer was able to break free. The officer’s injuries weren’t serious.

Investigators say Martinez carjacked a second vehicle, crashed it and was arrested.

It’s unclear whether Martinez has an attorney.

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