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For Immediate Release

February 22, 2013 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 938-7550
Determined to Get Away

Albuquerque, NM – United States Marshals arrested New Mexico’s Most Wanted Violent Offender Dale Nielsen. Nielsen was added to New Mexico’s Most Wanted earlier this week. On February 11, 2013, Dale Nielsen of Valencia County, allegedly stabbed his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute. Nielsen who is on Parole from the New Mexico Department of Corrections fled the scene immediately. Teams of law enforcement officers searched Valencia and Torrance counties in an attempt to locate Nielsen. U.S. Marshals developed leads that Nielsen was camping in his vehicle in Torreon and moving back and forth to Mountainair, NM, for supplies. A search was conducted in the Manzano Mountain region by New Mexico Corrections Department Security Threat Intelligence Unit (STIU), Torrance County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Valencia County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.

Members of the United States Marshals Service’s South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force observed Nielsen in a gold, Honda Accord, traveling on Highway 60 in Mountainair, NM. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Nielsen and Nielsen fled the stop at a high rate of speed. A locate was put out on Nielsen’s vehicle and it was located shortly after abandoned in the mountains off Highway 55. Nielsen’s foot prints led from the vehicle in to the mountains. Sheriff Heath White of Torrance County assisted the SWIFT task force by tracking Nielsen’s foot prints through the Manzano Mountains. KRQE, channel 13, even assisted the team of law enforcement officers, by bring the television station’s helicopter into the area to help search for Nielsen. Due to weather and lack of daylight, the search was called off for the night.

On February 22, 2013, the Marshal’s task force received information that Nielsen was in Albuquerque and was seen in the area of Interstate 25 and Comanche Blvd. A team of law enforcement officers saturated the area checking all the convenience stores, hotels, and truck stops. After a few hours, the search was expanded city wide. Deputies driving on Interstate 40 eastbound observed a suspicious individual sleeping underneath a foot bridge crossing over I-40 near Eubank Blvd. As Deputies approached the individual they were able to positively identify him as Nielsen. Deputies identified themselves and the suspect took off running. Marshals ran after Nielsen and took him into custody between the Walmart and Toyota dealership at Eubank and Copper NE.

Nielsen was transported to the NMDC in Los Lunas, NM. Nielsen will appear in Valencia County court to answer for his new charges to include Attempted Murder. District of New Mexico, United States Marshal, Conrad Candelaria, said "despite the repeated attempts to evade capture by eluding members of the SWIFT task force throughout many communities and dense mountain forests, and after several days of intense investigation, the trail ended for this fugitive. This is yet another example of the extraordinary investigative skill that is comprised in the Marshals Service District of New Mexico fugitive task force; relentlessly committed to the safety of our communities by pursuing dangerous and violent fugitives so they can be held accountable for the crimes committed".

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