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US Marshals arrest man accused of running over, killing, 19-year-old girlfriend

Dominic Garcia (Source: U.S. Marshals Service)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The man accused of running over and killing his 19-year-old girlfriend was arrested by a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force Wednesday morning.

Dominic Garcia, 39, had been on the loose since Nov. 14, when Albuquerque Police Department detectives say he ran over his girlfriend, Samantha Sandoval, during a fight in a northeast Albuquerque neighborhood. He is charged with murder.

Garcia was arrested in Albuquerque by the SWIFT (South West Investigative Fugitive Team) task force, according to a press release from the Marshals Service. He has been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Metropolitan Court, witnesses saw Garcia run over Sandoval near Pennsylvania and Haines NE. Police say he and a friend then took Sandoval to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Samantha Sandoval, 19 (Crime Stoppers)

Garcia fled before police arrived.

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Marshals added Garcia to their Most Wanted List on Nov. 30, and Sandoval’s family and Crime Stoppers had been offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

“Deputy U.S. Marshals tirelessly and with unwavering commitment to public safety worked non-stop for the last 96 hours,” Conrad Candelaria, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico, wrote in the news release. “Every lead was exhausted until this wanted and dangerous fugitive was arrested.”

According to the release, over the past year the SWIFT task force has caught 20 fugitives in connection with homicide or murder charges in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. This marks the 21st arrest.


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