Las Cruces, NM - Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force arrested fugitive Anthony Manuelito. Manuelito was wanted on a Federal Probation Violation, with an original charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
On Sunday September 20, 2015 Manuelito fled the halfway house located in Las Cruces, NM. During the initial fugitive investigation, the SWIFT Task Force Investigators established that Manuelito had extensive criminal history including Felon In Possession of a Firearm, Crime In Indian Country, Aggravated Sexual Abuse of A Child, and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The SWIFT Task Force Investigators assigned to the Las Cruces, NM office worked diligently tracking down leads and were able to establish that Manuelito fled to an unknown location in Farmington, NM. Consequently, a joint fugitive Investigation was conducted by SWIFT members located in Farmington, NM. During that fugitive investigation, SWIFT Task Force Investigators assigned to the Farmington, NM office developed information that Manuelito was at a residence located at 3363 US 64, in Waterflow, NM and took him into custody to face justice.
United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria said, “Members from SWIFT Task Force continue to work persistently to maintain partnerships and relationships across all jurisdictions. This hard work has proven to be effective in apprehending fugitives regardless of the jurisdiction or the location that they choose to flee with in the State of New Mexico.”