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For Immediate Release

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May 10, 2016 USMS District of New Mexico
Albuquerque Office (505) 346-6400
Las Cruces Office (575) 527-6850
SWIFT Task Force Arrests Wanted Police Impersonator
 
Albuquerque, NM - Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force arrested fugitive Shane Garcia, 34.

Garcia was wanted by the Albuquerque Police Department for multiple felony warrants to include; Aggravated Burglary (armed After Entering), Aggravated Burglary with a deadly weapon, aggravated Residential Burglary, residential burglary, Larceny of a firearm, larceny, tampering with evidence, receiving and transferring stolen property, resisting and evading, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and conspiracy.

In April 2016 the violent repeat offender Shane Garcia re-surfaced on the radar of the USMS South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT). Garcia was recently apprehended by SWIFT on January 11th 2016 in regards to four outstanding felony arrest warrants in relation to aggravated residential burglary with a deadly weapon. It is alleged in April 2016 Garcia and another unknown offender forced entry into a residence armed with what appeared to be semi-automatic handguns. Once inside of the home Garcia announced his presence as the Albuquerque Police issuing a search warrant. This burglary was captured on video surveillance located within the home. Upon viewing the footage SWIFT Task Force officers were able to identify the offender as Shane Garcia and began working with Albuquerque Police Department investigators to obtain additional warrants for his arrest. Due to Garcia’s increasing violent tendencies and Garcia identifying himself as a police officer, SWIFT identified this subject to be an extreme danger to the community and assigned this fugitive to U.S. Marshals District of New Mexico Most Wanted program.
Due to surveillance by Deputy U.S. Marshals and extensive law enforcement networking, Garcia was tracked down across multiple local jurisdictions and safely apprehended. The SWIFT Task Force Officers involved in the fugitive investigation and arrest represented the Albuquerque Police Department, the Santa Fe County Sherriff’s Office, and the New Mexico Probation and Parole STIU unit.

United States Marshal Conrad E. Candelaria said, “When dangerous fugitives go unabated, innocent citizens in our community become victims and for this reason alone, the Marshals Service fugitive task force will relentlessly exhaust all legal avenues to assist in the apprehension. This arrest exemplifies the resiliency of Deputy U. S. Marshals and Task Force Officers, to work collaboratively in maintaining safe communities; personnel assigned to the investigate this fugitive case tirelessly applied extensive undercover resources, to include surveillance and intelligence sources”.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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