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For Immediate Release

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May 24, 2014 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2333
Once a Fugitive Investigator Always a Fugitive Investigator

Albuquerque, NM – On March 14, 2012, Hugo Banda allegedly attempted to kill his estranged wife in Southwest Albuquerque. The victim told police she was dropping their children off at the babysitter’s when she observed Hugo Banda, her estranged husband, walking on the side of the road. The victim told Police she stopped to see if Banda needed a ride. When Banda entered the vehicle he allegedly began beating his wife by punching her in the face. The victim said that she felt a sharp pain in her right side. That is when Banda stabbed his wife. The victim also told police she was being restrained in the vehicle and was unable to get free. Eventually, the victim was able to pull free of Banda’s grasp and jumped out of the vehicle. Once she was outside of the vehicle, Banda got behind the driver’s seat and intentionally drove the vehicle into the victim striking her and then drove back over the victim.

On May 23, 2014, a San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a vehicle in Bloomfield, NM. The driver, Banda, lied to the Sheriff’s Deputy and attempted to conceal his identity. The Sheriff’s Deputy, a former criminal investigator on the U.S. Marshals Service’s South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force, used his training and experience to obtain Banda’s true identity. Banda’s 26 months on the run came to an end when he came up against a Patrol Deputy who was also a determined and experienced fugitive investigator. Banda was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on an warrant written by the Albuquerque Police Department charging him with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery, Kidnapping, and Tampering with Evidence. Banda is awaiting extradition back to Albuquerque, NM.

District of New Mexico, United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria said “a fugitive may at times avoid justice for months and sometimes years but avoidance and elusiveness like the sands in an hour glass will eventually end and justice will be served. This dangerous fugitive will no longer harm good and innocent people because the acts of a seasoned Deputy investigator applied training, experience and most importantly, instinct to reveal the truth".

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

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