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APD Highlights Early Success of Metro 15, Asks Public to Call Crime Stoppers with Information about Violent Criminals

20 Violent Offenders Arrested in First Two Months of Continuous Operation.

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

Mayor Tim Keller and APD Chief Mike Geier highlighted the arrests of the first 20 offenders since the launch of the Metro 15 operation two months ago.

“Many violent offenders, some who have been wanted by police for several months, are now in jail as a result of the Metro 15 operation,” Mayor Tim Keller said during a news conference today. “We are holding violent, repeat offenders accountable, and that means locking them up so they can’t continue to prey on our communities.”

The Metro 15 Operation is a targeted component of Mayor Keller’s Violence Intervention Program – a proactive effort to attack violent crime from all sides. APD joined forces with the state Attorney General, Bernalillo County District Attorney, and the Office of Superintendent of Insurance to create the Metro 15 Operation to target a continuously updated list of 15 violent criminals in Albuquerque.

“We have all hands on deck to target specific violent offenders who threaten our public safety,” Chief Geier said. “We asked for help from the public, and we are getting quality tips through Crime Stoppers. That sends a strong message to offenders that they can’t hide and continue to perpetrate these acts of violence. Our officers will track them down.”

The Metro 15 includes a working list of the top 15 violent crime offenders in Albuquerque identified by prosecutors. The Metro 15 list is continuously updated to reflect arrests and add new offenders to the list, focusing on offenders and fugitives with criminal histories that can be used in successful prosecutions once they are apprehended.

Twelve of the original Metro 15 offenders have been arrested. Law enforcement agencies are still looking for the final three from that original list.

Final Three From Original List:

  • Jesus Cereceres-Trijo
  • Gerald Marquez
  • Santana Downey

Arrested Metro 15 Offenders, 20 Total:

  • Russell Kimber (05/13/1976) - Arrested 01/23/2020
  • Daniel Drake (04/01/1993) - Arrested 01/29/2020
  • Chantelle Tapia (07/07/2000) - Arrested 01/28/2020
  • Lawrence Chavez (09/03/1985) - Arrested 01/22/2020
  • Manuel Ortega (02/05/1983) - Arrested 12/12/2019
  • Eric Peralta (12/31/1983) - Arrested 12/12/2019
  • Ahmad Williams (08/12/1990) - Arrested 01/07/2020
  • Michelle Glascock (09/25/1991) - Arrested 12/20/2019
  • Jamil Lewis (12/29/1997) - Arrested 12/18/2019
  • Richard Howell (07/26/1953) - Arrested 01/30/2020
  • John Trujillo (12/16/1989) - Arrested 12/16/1989
  • Edward Laird (08/25/1965) - Arrested 12/02/2019
  • Matthew Carrillo (02/18/1987) - Arrested 01/12/2020
  • Rashad Jones (Juvenile) - Arrested 01/15/2020

Additional Facts about Metro 15 as of Jan. 31, 2020

Agency Arrest breakdown:

  • APD 11
  • BCSO 2
  • Chaves County 1
  • Probation & Parole 1
  • Sandoval County 1
  • Santa Fe 1
  • USMS 1
  • Out of State 2

In Custody Breakdown:

  • 13 in custody at MDC
  • 1 in custody at the Sandoval County Detention Center
  • 1 in custody at the Santa Fe Detention Center
  • 1 transferred to NM DOC Jamil Lewis
  • 1 in Federal custody
  • 1 juvenile Rashad Jone

Released:

  • Eric Peralta
  • Michelle Glascock