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Santa Fe manhunt for murder, robbery suspect

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe police issued a news release late Friday night for a murder and robbery suspect who previously was  believed to have fled to Mexico but was seen in Santa Fe on Friday. The release has been corrected based on new information provided late Saturday by police:

“Santa Fe Police Officers are looking for Rafael Dominguez, 25. He is responsible for an armed robbery at Latinos Unidos. The robbery occurred in 2010, where he shot at a clerk.” The store is located in Santa Fe.

“There is an active warrant for Dominguez. Dominguez is also wanted in connection to a murder that occurred in 2010 in Santa Fe County,” the release said.

The sheriff’s office has said previously that Dominguez was wanted for the gang-related May 2010 shooting death of Gerald Viarrial, 18, of Pojoaque at the Cottonwood Mobile Home Park. Viarrial was shot in the head. In 2011, Viarrial’s family offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Dominguez’s arrest.

According to the release, Dominguez “has ties to the cartel and is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Rafael Dominguez was reported to be in Mexico and was not seen in Santa Fe until today (Friday).

“Dominguez was spotted this (Friday) afternoon in Santa Fe…Dominguez was not located. Dominguez was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and camouflage pants.

“If you have any information regarding his whereabouts please call Lt. Vasquez at 505-690-6860.” There is a reward for information leading to his arrest.

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