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For Immediate Release

March 29, 2011

DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico

(505) 462-2330

5 Years and 3 States Later

Albuquerque, NM-  On March 29,  the United States Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT Taskforce) in Albuquerque arrested Tommy “TJ” McIlvain Jr. McIlvain has been a fugitive from justice since October 2006.


McIlvain was arrested in 2006 after a robbery investigation led the Torrance County Sheriff’s office to a location where Methamphetamines were being manufactured.  McIlvain was placed under arrest but was able to escape from the back of a Torrance County Sheriff Deputy’s patrol car. McIlvain is believed to have fled New Mexico and hid out in Arizona, Illinois and Michigan. McIlvain’s criminal charges include Escape from the custody of a Peace Officer, Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer, Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Meth), Aggravated Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Larceny of Firearm (5 counts) and Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Five years after his escape,  SWIFT Investigators and Task Force Officers from the Torrance County Sheriff’s Office developed leads that McIlvain was again here in New Mexico. When Investigators went to the residence where they believed McIlvain to be hiding, McIlvain tried again to run from authorities, but wasn’t so lucky this time and was arrested hiding in a dog house in the rear of the Albuquerque home. McIlvain was booked into the Torrance County Detention Center.


Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders. 

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