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July 23, 2014 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2333
Most Wanted: U.S. Marshals Arrest Murder Suspect After 6 Year Chase

Albuquerque, NM – The South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force for the U.S. Marshals Service in New Mexico, has been working to capture murder suspect Raul Pena-Roque for several years. In Sept. 2008, Pena allegedly shot and killed Robert Chavez during a minor traffic accident in a Giant gas station parking lot in the 1800 block of Coors Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM.

In 2010, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office identified Raul Pena as the murder suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. SWIFT task force officers from the Marshals Service, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and the New Mexico Department of Corrections, were able to locate Pena in Juarez, Mexico. On December 7, 2010, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Enrique Pena, Raul’s brother, for the intimidation of a witness in connection to the 2008 fatal shooting in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

In 2011, a Provisional Arrest Warrant (PAW) for the arrest of Pena was signed with the help of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, providing Mexican authorities the legal authority to arrest and detain Pena. The PAW is a requirement pursuant to the extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico.

On July 10, 2013, Raul Pena was located by agents of the Policial Federal Ministerial, approximately two blocks away from his parent’s home in Ciudad Juarez. Mexican authorities approached Raul Pena and Pena identified himself as his brother, Alberto Pena. Pena gave Mexican agents a Mexican driver’s license with the name of Alberto Pena-Roque. Pena denied being the person in question. Mexican authorities positively identified Raul and he was taken into custody on the Provisional Arrest Warrant. Mexican authorities transported Pena to Mexico City, where he was held during formal extradition proceedings, and eventually extradited to New Mexico.

Pena was extradited today from Mexico and is facing charges of second degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and bribery intimidation of a witness. District of New Mexico, United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria said “it is a 100% commitment spanning multiple years, combined with pinpoint investigative skills, partnership with numerous agencies from throughout multiple jurisdictions that is a part of the overall process that the United States Marshals Task Force for the District of New Mexico relies upon in each international extradition investigation. This intricate and delicate process is synergistically spearheaded by the Marshals Service for an overarching goal of pursuing those fugitives that commit unconscionable and violent crimes and for the sake of justice, victims, families seeking closure and the overall safety of our communities, those responsible must be held accountable for the crimes committed”.

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

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