Video footage of Albuquerque police and first responders working to safely rescue a man nailed to a tree back in May has been obtained by KRQE News on Wednesday. In the video, a city worker is seen directing law enforcement to the area where the man, later identified as Jose Duran, was found with three-inch-nailed puncturing his hands crucifix style.
“He kept yelling, ‘Help. Help,’ and so I came and I saw him and I kind of freaked out because I didn’t know if there was any other guys around,” the city worker told police.
When the officer arrived at the site, Duran was still conscious and breathing, though he was groaning in pain. The officer immediately requested additional support.“Hey, what happened man? Paramedics are on their way okay,” one officer said.
At first, Duran was hesitant to share with law enforcement officials what had happened, but he later open up, claiming the incident was the result of a real estate deal gone rogue. Duran said two men were sent that day back in May to threaten and scare him following the ugly real estate deal, which he added was laid out in documents.
No arrests have been made in the case.
At the time, police said they didn't suspect that the incident was revenge for a crime or that it was cartel-related. A court document search reveals that Duran doesn't have a criminal record, but did have a longstanding court battle over a real estate issue.