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Offender shot by police was suspect in Albuquerque crime spree


Offender shot by police was suspect in Albuquerque Crime Spree

Thursday, 3/3/22

ALBUQUERQUE – APD detectives filed multiple criminal charges against Raphael Marquez last Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, just hours before he fled from deputies and officers in partner agencies who were trying to arrest him. The pursuit led to an overnight, officer-involved shooting near Belen. Marquez, 31, was killed in the shooting.


Marquez is also a person of interest in a homicide APD is investigating from Dec. 24, 2021. Evidence connects Marquez to that homicide.


APD detectives worked throughout last week to build a case against Marquez, who is accused of engaging in a violent crime spree on Feb. 20-21, 2022. He broke into a business, forced himself into three homes, stole homeowners’ vehicles, kidnapped three people and shot at bystanders, a family with young children and two women who tried to get away from him.


“We are thankful that New Mexico State Police officers and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies were not injured as they worked to apprehend this dangerous fugitive,” APD Police Chief Harold Medina said. “Raphael Marquez showed a total disregard for human life, including the lives of police officers. I appreciate everyone who worked on these cases to get a dangerous criminal offender off our streets.”


Marquez also fled from officers during the early morning hours of Feb. 21, driving the wrong way on Interstate-40.


Detectives filed an arrest warrant late Friday, formally charging Marquez with the crime spree. Charges included:

  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • 4 counts of aggravated burglary
  • 4 counts of taking a motor vehicle
  • Negligent use of a deadly weapon
  • 9 counts of criminal damage (over $1,000)
  • 6counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • 2 counts of robbery
  • 3 counts of kidnapping
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Shooting at a dwelling or occupied building
  • 2 counts of shooting from a motor vehicle
  • Aggravated battery
  • 3 counts of abandonment or abuse of a child
  • Aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer
  • Battery
  • Reckless driving
  • Accidents involving damage to vehicle


Marquez also had several warrants for his arrest related to an incident on Sept. 6, 2021, in which he stole a purse with $3,000 in cash and $2,500 in property. Marquez resisted arrest and assaulted officers when they attempted to apprehend him.


APD detectives also charged Marquez for two home burglaries on Dec. 22 and Dec. 30, 2021. He had warrants pending for those crimes, as well as the September 2021 incident, when he committed the crime spree last month.