Sheriff’s office arrests Taos fugitive on multiple warrants


Taos County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29-year-old Eduardo Rivera Wednesday morning (April 11) on several outstanding Taos County warrants.

Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said his office had been searching for Rivera since February when a Taos District Court bench warrant was ordered after Rivera failed to appear for a kidnapping and battery case filed in 2017.

The sheriff’s office received a tip as to Rivera’s whereabouts on Tuesday (April 10). They had originally planned to make the arrest at a Taos County residence Wednesday morning.

“I wrote a search warrant for the house to search for his person,” Hogrefe said.

While members of the sheriff’s office staked out the house Wednesday morning, other members spotted Rivera pulling into the southside Allsup’s gas station.

When several sheriff’s office units converged on the area, Rivera fled on foot.

Deputy Joseph Apodaca gave chase, took Rivera to the ground and placed him under arrest.

Hogrefe said that another man was with Rivera on Wednesday, but he was released at the scene.

Rivera’s arrest also resolved three pending Taos Magistrate Court warrants for charges that include receiving or transferring a motor vehicle, child abuse, DWI and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, among others.

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