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Albuquerque police arrest man accused of multiple robberies

Albuquerque police arrested a man wanted for multiple robberies in Northeast Heights.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque police have arrested a man wanted for multiple robberies in Northeast Heights.

According to court documents, Dorsett Matthews, 42, was on probation for a previous robbery when he was arrested for these robberies. Police say he resorted to violence when he didn’t get what he wanted.

KOB 4 went to a neighborhood in Northeast Heights where several neighbors called 911 in June about a large man breaking into homes and demanding money.

In one case, the suspect, later identified as Matthews, allegedly used a pair of gardening shears to break a glass door and steal a purse from a kitchen table, taking cash, keys and credit cards.

A few days later, a woman caught Matthews rummaging through her garage. Police say when she asked him what he was doing, he chased her into the house, pushed her husband to the ground and demanded cash.

“He pushed me down and it was like it was nothing,” the man told KOB 4. “I was in the hallway and I fell on my back, and now I’m at the point where I can’t get up on my own.”

Police say Matthews left after the couple gave him $150. Using security footage from a neighbor’s home, police were able to identify Matthews’ car and track it. He was arrested this week for burglary, but more charges are pending.

Matthews made his initial court appearance on Friday. The state requested pretrial detention. A district court judge will decide later whether he will be jailed.