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For Immediate Release

March 07, 2011

DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico

(505) 462-2330 (desk)

Most Wanted Rapist Caught

Santa Fe, NM- 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.


When officers arrived at the Motel 6, they located the fugitives Jeremy Martinez and Jonathan Chavez. A Santa Fe Detective recognized Jonathan Chavez from the Marshals Service New Mexico’s Most Wanted Poster.  Chavez tried to give the officers an alias name of Brian Chavez, but Detectives knew he was Jonathan Chavez and arrested him.  During the arrest of Chavez, Martinez got away in hand cuffs and is currently at large.


Jonathan Chavez was convicted on June 4, 2007 in the State of New Mexico, for Criminal Sexual Penetration and received a sentence of 20 years of probation.  In 2005, Chavez was at a party and followed an intoxicated girl who left the party out to her car. When the female fell asleep in her car, Chavez broke into her vehicle and raped her.  Chavez is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.  A warrant was issued for Chavez on August 26, 2008 for a Probation Violation, and has been a fugitive from the New Mexico Probation and Parole Department and failed to register in Santa Fe County as a sex offender for approximately 2 ˝ years.


Jeremy Martinez has an extensive criminal history involving burglary and armed robbery. Martinez was also arrested, for escape, once before after breaking a Santa Fe Police car window and jumping from the moving vehicle. Martinez is considered to be armed and dangerous.


If you receive any information regarding the above named individual,

please contact  the United States Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico.

(505)346-6400/Albuquerque or (575) 527-6850/Las Cruces