SILVER CITY — The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was able to get one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted off the streets. Deputy Robert Tovar located and arrested Frankie Rivera, who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on a probation violation for trafficking cocaine, on Friday, May 26.
“The United States Marshals Service sincerely thanks the Grant County Sheriff’s Department for helping make New Mexico a safer place to live,” the Marshals Service said in a press release.
According to a police report, Tovar was on patrol in the Rio De Arenas Trailer Park. While he was patrolling he noticed a male subject quickly take off running behind a trailer.
“I saw a young Hispanic male standing next to a black pickup with his small children,” Tovar said in the report. “I asked him if he saw a guy take off running or did he go into the trailer. He gave me a weird look and said he took off, looking at the ground.”
Tovar then walked to the rear of the trailer where he noticed a white older model sport utility vehicle parked behind the trailer. As he looked at the rear of the vehicle he noticed a male subject laying on his stomach face down, hiding and wearing a black ball cap and dark colored shirt and blue jeans.
“I commanded the person to let me see their hands,” Tovar said in a report. “The subject lifted his head and I identified him as Frankie Rivera.”
Rivera was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Grant County Detention Center.
Rivera was featured in April with another violent fugitive David Valverde, who is still wanted for Failure to Appear on kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact and tampering with evidence.
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