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For Immediate Release

April 3, 2009

District of New Mexico

Drew E. Koschny, Assistant Chief Deputy


USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

Homicide Suspect Arrested by U.S. Marshals

Albuquerque, NM - A major fugitive wanted on outstanding state and federal charges of murder, kidnapping, and probation violation (with an underlying charge of convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm) has been apprehended by a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in Albuquerque and Austin, TX.

David McCarthy was being sought on warrants issued in Albuquerque charging him with six offenses, including one open count of murder. McCarthy and Travis Rigel, his accomplice, are accused of brutally beating and killing Felix Zamora, of Albuquerque, on Feb. 28. According to a criminal complaint, McCarthy and Rigel called Zamora after their truck broke down near the foothills area of Albuquerque. Zamora drove the pair to a residence at which time he was beaten with a crow bar, kicked, and tied up. Allegedly, the men then took Zamora to a remote clearing in the East Mountains where he was shot in the head execution style before moving his body a few days later. Today, investigators located the body of a man believed to be Zamora buried near Sedillo Hill.

Rigel was apprehended Wednesday on charges of possession of stolen property, at which time he confessed that he and McCarthy were responsible for killing Zamora. Rigel led officers to the murder scene where suspected coagulated blood, brain matter, and other evidence were discovered.

The U.S. Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Task Force (SWIFT) in Albuquerque developed investigative leads indicating that McCarthy was hiding in the Austin area. Members of the SWIFT Task Force negotiated with McCarthy to surrender to U.S. Marshals in Austin, where he was taken into custody without incident and is being held pending his extradition to New Mexico.

According to Deputy U.S. Marshal James Badway, McCarthy stated I wanted to surrender to U.S. Marshals because I knew I would be treated professionally.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

SWIFT is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Albuquerque Police Department, the Bernalillo County Sheriffs Office, the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Office, the Rio Rancho Police Department, and the New Mexico Probation and Parole Office. Its objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives. Last year, U.S. Marshals task forces arrested more than 27,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at