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For Immediate Release

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October 14, 2011 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico
(505) 462-2330
Suspected Drive-By Shooter Arrested

Albuquerque, NM - Deputy United States Marshals in Albuquerque arrested Richard Otero on the 900 block of Valencia Street in SE Albuquerque around 5:00pm Friday October 14, 2011. Otero is wanted for allegedly being the shooter in a drive-by in Roswell, NM on October 5th, 2011. Otero is charged with; Shooting from a motor vehicle, Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and Endangering a child. Itís alleged that Otero shot his own cousin in the drive-by and received the child endangerment charge because there were two children nearby at the time of the shooting. The victim was recently released from the hospital.

The Marshals Service in Roswell received the request for assistance in locating Otero shortly after the warrants for Otero were signed. Deputies quickly developed leads that brought the investigation to the Albuquerque Metro Area and neighboring towns of Belen and Los Lunas. Otero known in the law enforcement community as being a skilled evader of law enforcement has several times been able to stay on the run and out of jail. Otero was also believed to be in possession of the firearm he allegedly used in the shooting. Through investigative leads the search for Otero led Deputies to the 900 block Valencia St. in SE Albuquerque where Otero was arrested without incident.

United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico Conrad Candelaria commented "Due to the combined efforts of the United States Marshals Service and many law enforcement agencies, this career criminal that has lived a life of crime is behind bars and will now answer to the many crimes he has committed."

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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