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District of New Mexico

Fugitive Investigations - Apprehended Fugitives

Omar Luis Cota (Apprehended) Omar Cota - April 26, 2013 - Alleged drug dealer, Omar Cota, was arrested off the dance floor at Route 66 Casino inside Club Envy in Albuquerque. Cota is known by law enforcement officers to be affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel and to be a Brew Town gang member. Cota was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and Laguna Police.

Anthony David Sanchez (Surrendered) Anthony Sanchez - March 09, 2013 - Anthony David Sanchez turned himself in to law enforcement authorities this week on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The 50 year old Sanchez was listed on the United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico’s Most Wanted on February 11, 2013. Sanchez’s photo was quickly placed on billboards and websites around New Mexico. Sanchez was convicted of Criminal Sexual Penetration (Force/Coercion) in 2008 in New Mexico. Sanchez’s has a criminal history that includes property crimes and crimes against the public.

Howard Allen (Apprehended) Howard Allen - March 11, 2013 - This weekend, two of the U.S. Marshals Service New Mexico’s Most Wanted were arrested in New Mexico. Howard Allen was added to the Marshals Most Wanted in December 2012 and was arrested this weekend on DWI charges in Bloomfield, NM. US Marshals received a tip that Allen had left his brother’s home on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation and was in route to Farmington, NM, 88 miles away. The Marshals Service, South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force, put a locate out on Allen along Highway 64. Allen was stopped and arrested by the Bloomfield Police Department. Allen is on probation and had an outstanding warrant for Failure to comply with Sex Offender Registration. Allen was considered a violent sex offender and had fled from authorities in November of 2012.

Richard Aragon (Apprehended) Richard Aragon - March 11, 2013 - The persistence of Deputy United States Marshals led to Richard Aragon turning himself this past Sunday. Deputy Marshals have been looking for Aragon over the past month. Deputies spoke to Aragon’s family on several occasions and knocked on family doors every day over the last month. Aragon was featured on New Mexico’s Most Wanted on February 11, 2013, and the Marshals received a few tips with sightings of Aragon in Valencia County. On Saturday, Deputies again spoke with Aragon’s family and on Sunday Aragon turned himself in to the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office. Richard Aragon was convicted of Attempting to Commit Criminal Sexual Penetration. Aragon currently has a state of New Mexico warrant out of Valencia County for sex offender registration violations.

Dale Nielson (Apprehended) Dale Nielson - February 22, 2013 - U.S. Marshals arrested New Mexico’s Most Wanted Violent Offender Dale Nielsen. Nielsen was added to New Mexico’s Most Wanted earlier this week. On February 11, 2013, Dale Nielsen of Valencia County, allegedly stabbed his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.


Nathan Rowland (Apprehended) Nathan Rowland - February 20, 2013 - The U.S. Marshal Service in New Mexico, Task Force Officers assigned to the Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Taskforce, SWAT Officers from the Grant and Luna County Sheriff’s Offices and Investigators with Homeland Security Investigations BEST unit arrested fugitive Nathan Rowland in Silver City, NM late Tuesday night after a tense standoff.

Vincete Gutierrez (Apprehended) Vicente Gutierrez - February 08, 2013 - The U.S. Marshals South West Investigative Team task force (SWIFT) arrested Vicente Gutierrez just south of Las Vegas, NM. U.S. Marshals attempted to pull the vehicle over and were assisted by NM State Police when Gutierrez refused to stop. Vicente Gutierrez is charged with Murder and is the suspect of a double homicide that occurred in Bernalillo County on April 9, 2012.

Jeremy Conde (Apprehended) Jeremy Conde - February 04, 2013 - U.S. Marshals and Roswell Police Officers arrested New Mexico’s Most Wanted Violent Gang Offender, Jeremy Conde. Conde is a known member of the Crazy Town Roswell (CTR) gang and because of his violent criminal history he was placed on the top of the Marshals Service New Mexico’s Most Wanted.

Leonardo Limon (Apprehended) Leonardo Limon

 


Joe Louis Archuleta (Apprehended) Joe Louis Archuleta - November 19, 2012 - The U.S. Marshal Service in New Mexico was part of two different operations last week in Southern and South Eastern New Mexico resulting in 54 violent offenders being taken into custody. Among those arrested was Joe Louis Archuleta. Archuleta was one of the U.S. Marshals Service District of New Mexico “New Mexico’s Most Wanted” offenders. Archuleta was arrested by Deputies and Task Force Officers conducting “Operation November.”

Pedro Orrantia (Apprehended) Pedro Orrantia - October 17, 2012 - On October 9, 2012, Deputy United States Marshals in Las Cruces, NM, added Pedro Orrantia to the Marshal’s New Mexico Most Wanted list. Orrantia was placed on NM Most Wanted due to his gang affiliation and violent criminal history. Orrantia eluded captivity for two years. United States Marshals believed Orrantia was in the Las Cruces metro area and requested the assistance of the public.

Melanie Freeman (Apprehended) Melanie Freeman - October 10, 2012 - United States Marshals with the assistance of New Mexico State Police and New Mexico State Department of Corrections, and New Mexico Probation and Parole arrested Violent Fugitive and Sex Offender, Melanie Freeman. On October 4, 2012, Freeman was added to the U.S. Marshals Service, New Mexico’s Most Wanted list for her alleged criminal acts.

Edward Salas (Apprehended) Edward Salas - October 04, 2012 - 15 Most Wanted Capture - U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive Edward Salas was arrested today in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico, by the Policia Federal Ministerial in coordination with the U.S. Marshals Service.  A convicted child killer, Salas escaped from the Curry County Detention Center in Clovis, NM, in August 2008, and had been on the lam ever since. At the time of his escape, he was serving a life sentence plus 56 years for his role in the murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez.

Jose Martinez (Apprehended) Jose Martinez - Apprehended on September 04, 2012

George Hyatt (Apprehended) George Hyatt - Apprehended on July 18, 2012

Sergio Luevano (Apprehended) July 09, 2012 - On July 8, 2012, U.S. Marshals were notified by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) that accused child sex offender, Sergio Luevano self-surrendered to U.S. authorities at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry. U.S. Marshals placed Luevano on their New Mexico’s Most Wanted list in February of 2012.

Ryan Crawford (Apprehended) Ryan Crawford - Apprehended on June 26, 2012

Roger Chavez (Apprehended) June 18, 2012 - On June 6, 2012, U.S. Marshals placed Roger H. Chavez on their state of New Mexico’s Most Wanted list. Chavez is on parole for his 1997 conviction of 2nd Degree Murder. In 2006, Chavez was released from prison and placed on parole. Chavez has been arrested for violating his parole on previous incidents in 2007 and 2009. The South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force, arrested Chavez on Monday in Edgewood, NM.

Juan Cruz (Apprehended) June 05, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals Service in El Paso, TX arrested Juan Cruz on an outstanding warrant for a Failure to Appear on Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor. In 2010, Cruz was arrested for sexually assaulting a child. Task Force investigators also arrested Frank Montano. Montano was listed on the New Mexico Department of Corrections Top Ten Most Wanted. Montano was wanted on a probation violation.

Frederico Enrique-Perez (Apprehended) May 02, 2012 -  The U.S. Marshal Service in New Jersey arrested a man accused in Albuquerque, NM of attempted murder. Frederico Enrique-Perez was one of the U.S. Marshals Service District of “New Mexico’s Most Wanted”. Enrique-Perez was wanted by the Albuquerque Police Department for attempted murder after stabbing a man several times with a knife.

Fletcher Schaffer (Apprehended) April 26, 2012 - Deputies with the U.S. Marshal Service in South Carolina arrested Fletcher Schaffer in Lincolnville South Carolina. Schaffer was listed on both the Santa Fe Police Department Most Wanted and the Marshals Service District of New Mexico Most Wanted list and had been a fugitive from justice since March of 2011.

Alvarado, Tommy (Apprehended) April 16, 2012 - On April 9, 2012, Tommy Alvarado was arrested in El Paso, Texas. March 2, 2012, United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico, placed fugitive Tommy Alvarado on the New Mexico’s Most Wanted.  Alvarado is a self-proclaimed member of the Barrio Azteca street gang and EPT prison gang.   On April 9, 2012, Alvarado was the passenger in a vehicle that fled from the El Paso County Constable Precinct 6.

Javier Mendez (Apprehended) March 02, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals Service and the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) arrested Javier Mendez. Mendez was listed on the United States Marshals Service “New Mexico’s Most Wanted” program under the sexual offender category. Mendez has been wanted since May of 2011 and is charged with 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor and Intimidation of a Witness.


Stephen Vincent (Apprehended) Stephen Vincent - Apprehended on December 08, 2011

Chad William (Apprehended) Chad Williams - Apprehended on December 07, 2011

Javier Tarango (Captured) November 08, 2011 - On November 7, 2011 Javier Tarango was arrested in El Paso, Texas. Deputies with the United States Marshals Service assigned to the Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT Taskforce) and Deputies from the El Paso Office of the United States Marshals Service arrested Tarango after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen who saw Tarango’s picture on the New Mexico’s Most Wanted.

Daniel Luis Jojola (Apprehended) November 01, 2011 - On October 31, 2011, United States Marshals in Roswell, NM arrested another New Mexico’s Most Wanted fugitive last night during the trick or treat hours. Deputy Marshals responded to the 300 block of W. Matthews in reference to information received from a credible source about violent gang fugitive Daniel Jojola.

Tapia, Charles - Apprehended October 14, 2011 - On October 8, 2011 Charlie Tapia was arrested by the Albuquerque Police Department after his attempt at a home invasion robbery went wrong. Tapia, one of the U.S. Marshals Service’s New Mexico Most Wanted, was wanted for Forced Entry Burglary after Tapia and an accomplice forced entry into a Las Vegas, NM home, kidnapped the residents and stole items from the home including a car.

GARCIA, Andres Juarez  GARCIA, Andres Juarez  - Apprehended

Adam Cruz, Apprehended August 19, 2011 - Deputy US Marshals arrested one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted gang offenders, Adam Cruz, Friday evening, August 19, 2011, in the 600 block of South Pine St., Roswell, NM.  Cruz was wanted pursuant to an arrest for Armed Robbery.  The arrest came just one day after Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to the South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) adopted the fugitive case at the request of Roswell Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

Raymond E. Vigil, Apprehended August 19, 2011 - On August 18, 2011, Raymond Vigil was arrested in Denver Colorado by the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Location Apprehension Group Task Force.  Investigators believe Vigil had been living in the Denver, CO area since he had absconded 1 ½ years ago. Federal charges under the Adam Walsh act for fail to register as a sex offender are pending from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado.

August 10, 2011 - Deputy United States Marshals arrested Ramon Lurbe in Denver, Colorado. Lurbe was wanted on charges for Criminal Sexual Penetration of a minor stemming from a June 2010 incident involving a 14 year old girl. On June 27, 2010, Lurbe stalked a 14 year old female at the Francis Canyon Campground located at Navajo Lake. During the night, Lurbe snuck into the female’s tent and sexually assaulted her.

Tino Rodriguez Apprehended

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Jesse Sosa, Apprehended July 15, 2011 - Members from the United States Marshals Service South East Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Jesse Sosa. Sosa is one of The Marshals Service District of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Violent Fugitives. On October 15, 2010, Jesse Sosa was to be sentenced in a New Mexico District Court for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

Rafael Perez May 27, 2011 - On May 27, 2011, the United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico, arrested Rafael Perez, in Santa Teresa, NM.   Perez was wanted on an outstanding Federal Probation Violation for Distribution of Marijuana.  Perez is a documented gang member and is known to have ties to the Barrio Azteca Gang in Las Cruces, NM.   Perez has been a fugitive from justice since June 2010.

May 25, 2011 - Hector Rolando Rueda was arrested on May 23, 2011 in Las Cruces for an outstanding warrant on an indictment charging him with 2 counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a minor under 13 in the First Degree and 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under 13 in the Third Degree. May 25, 2011 - Hector Rolando Rueda was arrested on May 23, 2011 in Las Cruces for an outstanding warrant on an indictment charging him with 2 counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a minor under 13 in the First Degree and 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under 13 in the Third Degree.

Richard Thyberg, Apprehended May 24, 2011 - On May 23, 2011 Richard Thyberg, one of the Marshals Service New Mexico’s Most Wanted Gang Offenders was arrested. Thyberg was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force and the Roswell Police Department in Roswell after Task Force Officers observed Thyberg leaving a residence they had been watching. During Thyberg’s arrest he was found in Possession of a loaded 9mm handgun.

Jesus Loya, Gang Offender- APPRHENDED May 20, 2011 - The United States Marshals Service arrested Jesus Loya in the early evening of May 19, 2011.  Loya was wanted out of Dona Ana County for  Kidnapping (2nd Degree), Criminal Sexual Penetration (2nd Degree), Aggravated Battery against Household Member, Aggravated Assault against Household Member, Bribery or Intimidation of a Witness, and Misdemeanor Battery on a Household Member.  Loya is a confirmed Sureño 13 gang member with an extensive criminal record and was added to the New Mexico Most Wanted list as a Most Wanted Gang Offender only hours before his arrest. 

Brad DeJesus, Apprehended May 11, 2011 - U.S. Marshals Service Deputies and the Taos Police Department arrested Brad A. DeJesus. On 6/21/2005, in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico, DeJesus pled guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Minor (Crime on Indian Country) after having sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl, and was sentenced to serve 2 years probation.

Jose Arriola-Tirado April 13, 2011 – Earlier this week, U.S. Marshals were notified that 2 of the fugitives on New Mexico’s Most Wanted were apprehended.  Jose Arriola-Tirado, 30, has been a fugitive from justice for over a year.  Arriola-Tirado was indicted after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) served a warrant on his Farmington home.  Throughout the investigation agents confiscated over 300 grams of methamphetamine, a hand gun, and over $5,000 in cash from Arriola-Tirado.  After the indictment, Arriola-Tirado fled the country before he could be arrested.  Jose Arriola-Tirado was added as one of the U. S. Marshals Service, District of New Mexico’s Most Wanted for the Farmington area.

Enrique Gutierrez Apprehended April 13, 2011 - Enrique Gutierrez, 27, was featured as one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted a few months ago.  Gutierrez was wanted for 4 counts of Aggravated Assault resulting in bodily injury against a household member while using a deadly weapon.  Gutierrez was recently arrested on a traffic stop after concealing his identity to law enforcement officers.  Gutierrez is a member of the Barrio Azteca Gang and is currently incarcerated in the Lea Corrections Center in Hobbs, NM.   

March 22, 2011 - One day after the United States Marshals Service in Albuquerque added Lorenzo Coriz to their New Mexico’s Most Wanted List, Coriz turned himself in. Coriz a convicted sex offender turned himself in at the Sandoval County Detention Center just hours after seeing himself on the news.  “This is a prime example of how the Marshals Service, Local law enforcement and the media working together on the New Mexico’s Most Wanted Program allows us to apprehend fugitives quickly and effectively” said United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria.  Read More

March 07, 2011 - Jonathan Chavez, one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted sex offenders, was arrested last night (March 6, 2011) at a Motel 6 in Santa Fe, NM.  On March 4, 2010, a tip came in that another fugitive, Jeremy Martinez, was residing at the Motel 6. Santa Fe Police Department Detectives and U.S. Marshal South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force officers responded to the tip and located Chavez.

Jeffrey Merculief February 25, 2011 - Earlier this morning, Jeffrey Merculief, (41), one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders was arrested at 5517 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM. Merculief was at Labor Ready waiting for a job when he was overheard telling a crowd of people how he was a fugitive on the run and hadn’t registered as a sex offender. The concerned citizen that overheard Merculief immediately called the Albuquerque Police Department.

Delvin Yazzie February 11, 2011 - On February 11, 2011 Cuba Police arrested one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders Delvin Yazzie. Yazzie was convicted on November 16, 1996, for Rape in the 1st Degree after he went to a gas station in Oregon and forced the female clerk into the back bathroom and raped her. Yazzie was sentenced and served a total of 100 months before moving to New Mexico. 

Gilbert Lovato- Apprehended January 06, 2011 - On December 25, 2010 Albuquerque police arrested Gilbert Lovato during a traffic stop in Albuquerque for Driving While Intoxicated. Albuquerque Police also charged Lovato with child abuse because at the time of arrest there was a minor in the vehicle.

Robert Walter Forster, Apprehended December 22, 2010 - On December 21, 2010, members of the United States Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force arrested sex offender and fugitive Robert Walter Forster in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Forster is listed as one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders.

Griffith, Apprehended Kenneth GriffithOn November 23, 2010 Deputies with the United States Marshals Service in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, NM, observed a male and a female leaving the residence where they believed Kenneth Griffith was hiding. The male matched the description of Griffith, but a positive ID could not be made. At that time Deputies followed the vehicle to Chico's Tacos, located on Dyer Street in El Paso, Texas. A positive ID was made of Griffith and Deputies approached the subject as he was leaving the restaurant. Deputies placed Griffith into custody and verified the warrant through Luna County Dispatch.

Joe Domingues December 01, 2010 - A New Mexico man was arrested and charged with Murder in connection with a stabbing in Hobbs, N.M., on Oct. 31 , 2010, at a Halloween party.  Joseph A. Domingues, 27, was located with the help of U.S. Marshals from New Mexico, Texas and California, Hobbs Police Department, and the Midland County Sheriff’s Office. Domingues was arrested in Midland, Texas, based on leads that were developed by the collaborated effort of several agencies. 

Kenneth M. Martinez Kenneth M. Martinez - Martinez was wanted out of San Juan County, NM  for Aggravated Stalking; Criminal Sexual Penetration on a Child 12 Years of age.  Martinez sodomized the 12 year old child, then video-taped the 12 year old sexually assaulting a 6 year old girl.  Martinez was apprehended in Bloomfield N.M. on 12/15/2010, in which he ran out the back door and was caught by Bloomfield Police Officers.  Martinez assaulted one of the officers, which resulted in the Police Officer using less than lethal force by expandable baton.  Martinez suffered a broken leg as a result of the Battery on a Peace Officer.

Marvin Joe, Sr. Joe, Marvin  Sr. - Joe was wanted out of Farmington N.M. for 2 Counts of Aggravated Sexual Penetration in the 1st Degree for a Child under 9 years of age.  Joe sexually assaulted a 6 year old girl while sleeping in two different hotels in Farmington, NM on two separate occasions.  Joe was believed to be residing on the Navajo Indian Reservation to avoid apprehension on his State charges, but extradition paperwork had been filed from New Mexico State Police to the Navajo Criminal Prosecutors Officer in reference to this case.  Joe was arrested on 11/23/2010 when he was pulled over on a traffic stop in Farmington, NM by Farmington Police Department and taken into custody, due to his outstanding arrest warrants.

David Norton Wilcox December 07, 2010 - On December 5, 2010, David Norton Wilcox (55), was arrested in Chicago at O’Hare International Airport. Wilcox was wanted for violations of the Federal Adam Walsh Act for failing to maintain proper registration as a sex offender.  Wilcox was arrested in a joint effort by the United States Marshals Service, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Customs and Border Protection, and the Chicago Police Department.

Jorge Polanco Jorge Polanco - On November 24, 2010, members of the Southwest Investigative Fugitive Taskforce (SWIFT) received information on a warrant for  Jorge Polanco. Polanco was wanted for Homicide in Dona Ana County NM. Polanco was believed to be residing in the El Paso, TX area. Members of the SWIFT located an address in EL Paso, TX where a white Chevy truck was parked and believed it to belong to Polanco.  Members knocked and announced their presence for several minutes before Polanco was observed peeking through one of the side door windows. Polanco was ordered to step out and taken into custody without incident.

Nathan Martinez - Apprehended December 29, 2010 - Albuquerque Police Department arrested one of the United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Gang Offenders, Nathan Martinez. Fugitive Nathan Martinez, 25, of Santa Fe, was arrested during a traffic stop by the Albuquerque Police Department.
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