ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Albuquerque police are looking for a convicted rapist who cut off his GPS ankle monitor, a day after his conviction.
Ralph Vasquez reportedly cut off his ankle monitor just hours before he was supposed to turn himself in to start serving his sentence.
“He finally got a solid nine-year sentence for his crime, and he’s nowhere to be found,” said Lauren Rodriguez, director of communications for the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office.
Vasquez was convicted of raping his ex-girlfriend in 2020. Judge Stan Whitaker handed him the maximum possible sentence of nine years this week.
“It’s extremely frustrating for us, but it’s even more frustrating for the public, for people who walk around and want to live in a safe community,” Rodriguez said.
The district attorney’s office asked to keep Vasquez behind bars until his trial in 2020 – but it was denied.
“We considered him a leak risk in 2020, we consider him a leak risk now, and sadly, it all came true,” Rodriguez said.
She said the district attorney’s office also requested an in-person sentencing hearing this week, but that was also denied.
“We always get frustrated when we feel the public is being put at risk,” Rodriguez said. “Which in this case, the public is again in danger. Especially the victim.
“I think GPS will continue to be a problem because when you’re put on GPS, you’re under one of the strictest release conditions, and it just doesn’t do its job,” Rodriguez said. .
If you see Ralph Vasquez, do not approach him and call the police.