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For Immediate Release

August 05, 2011 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Vehicular Homicide Suspect Arrested

Farmington, NM - Farmington Police and Deputy United States Marshals and Task Force Officers with the Southwest Fugitive Investigative Team (SWIFT) Task Force Arrested Stephanie Mendez. Mendez was wanted on a Grand Jury Indictment charging her with two counts of vehicular homicide.

The Albuquerque Police Department referred Mendez’s case to the SWIFT Task Force in Farmington, because they believed Mendez had fled to the Navajo Reservation to avoid apprehension. SWIFT investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Farmington Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police confirmed that Mendez may have sought refuge on the reservation and had begun the extradition process with the Navajo Nation.

On 08-05-11 Mendez contacted SWIFT task force officers by telephone and stated she wanted to meet and turn herself in. SWIFT members agreed to meet Mendez at a local public park in Farmington, New Mexico where she was taken into custody without incident. Mendez was transported to the San Juan County Detention Center where she was booked on her Vehicular homicide charges. This case was a collaborative effort between the Albuquerque Police Department, State of New Mexico District Attorney's office, Farmington police Department. San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police and the United States Marshals Service.

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