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El Paso man wanted for murder in New Mexico arrested in Northeast

Law enforcement officers arrested an El Paso man wanted for murder in New Mexico.

23-year-old Alexandro Montelongo-Murillo, of El Paso; and 31-year-old Jesus Angel Garcia, of Peralta, New Mexico, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon on the 9400 block of Dyer Street.

Garcia and Murillo were both wanted by the Valencia County Sherriff’s Office in connection to the execution style murder of Daniel Sandoval of Meadow Lake, New Mexico.

On March 2, 2019, Garcia and Murillo allegedly engaged in a vehicle pursuit with Sandoval and a second victim in the Meadow Lake neighborhood of Los Lunas, New Mexico.

During the vehicle pursuit, Garcia and Murillo allegedly discharged firearms at Sandoval’s vehicle.

Police said Sandoval was struck several times and died at a local hospital as a result of the injuries sustained during the attack. The second victim in Sandoval’s vehicle was unharmed, police said.

On March 3, 2019, arrest warrants were issued charging Garcia and Murillo each with one count of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and Tampering with Evidence.

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals and other investigators, authorities located Garcia and Murillo at a motel on the 9400 block of Dyer St. in El Paso’s northeast.

As investigators approached the motel room where the men were stayin in, Garcia and Murillo exited the room and allegedly attempted to flee on foot in opposite directions.

After brief foot chases, both Garcia and Murillo were arrested without further incident. Both Garcia and Murillo will be booked into El Paso County Detention Facility under no bond warrants and will await extradition to Valencia County, New Mexico.

“These men demonstrated that they have no regard for the value of human life when they victimized Daniel Sandoval, the other victim, and the community of Meadow Lake, New Mexico. I’m proud of the concerted interstate law enforcement effort put forth to arrest these violent fugitives,” said United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas Susan Pamerleau.

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