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For Immediate Release

August 15, 2014 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2333
Carjacked Victim Killed by Train: U.S. Marshals Make Arrest

Albuquerque, NM – August 14, 2014, United States Marshals arrested Michelle “Chella” Candelaria on a warrant charging Candelaria with Robbery with a Deadly Weapon and Conspiracy. The United States Marshals Service’s South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) found Candelaria hiding in a bedroom closet late Thursday night after developing leads she was staying with a friend in the 300 block of Camino Ocho SW, Albuquerque, NM. Candelaria is part of a crew that violently carjacked and beat Joseph Salazar at the intersection of Louisiana SE and Zuni SE at 2:30 in the morning on May 20, 2014.

Police reports state that Candelaria put a knife to Salazar’s throat while several others with her punched, kicked, and choked Salazar. The 4 to 5 offenders that carjacked Salazar threatened to shoot him if he didn’t give them the keys. After giving up the keys to his car to the carjackers, Salazar was able to break free and call Police. On May 22, 2014, Candelaria and an accomplice posted comments on Facebook bragging about their robbery. Albuquerque Police were quick to identify Candelaria and a few of her accomplices involved and obtained warrants for their arrests. Two of Candelaria’s accomplices have yet to be identified and the Albuquerque Police Department is working on identifying those subjects.

Joseph Salazar is not only the victim of a carjacking/robbery, Joseph Salazar was killed by the New Mexico Rail Runner Express train on June 16, 2014. The Santa Fe New Mexican local news reported Salazar was riding his bicycle in Santa Fe, NM, along St. Michael’s Drive on the sidewalk when he was fatally struck by the passenger train at the railroad crossing.

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