Armed robbery, carjacking suspect captured in Colorado


Update: Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.

The Alamosa County Sheriff's Department has captured 33-year-old Tranquilino Louis Valencia, one of three people suspected in an armed robbery and carjacking that took place in and around Pecos, New Mexico on Friday (Oct. 13), according to a New Mexico State Police press release.

Valencia was taken into custody on Saturday (Oct. 14) and has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, larceny, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Valencia had been seen with Terra Silva, 17, who is also suspected in last week's crimes, though authorities have not yet released any information regarding her capture.

The pair, along with a third suspect, Francisco Araica-Avalos, allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint at an ATM in Pecos around 8 a.m. on Friday. State police took Araica-Avalos into custody following the event and charged him with aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, theft of a credit card and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Araica-Avalos was incarcerated in the San Miguel County Detention Center, but Valencia and Silva remained on the run.

Following the robbery, state police believe Valencia and Silva stole a blue 2011 Honda Civic at gunpoint in a campground in Dalton Canyon north of Pecos along State Road 63. Valencia allegedly fired a shot in the direction of the carjacking victims before fleeing the area with Silva. Law enforcement discovered the vehicle on Saturday (Oct. 14) in the Santa Fe area, but were continuing to search for Valencia and Silva, who were considered "armed and dangerous," according to a prior press release.

An arrest warrant was issued for Valencia, who is also suspected in "multiple violent crimes which have occurred in Taos and Santa Fe Counties," the press release states.

According to a state police press release, Valencia and Silva both have "family ties" to Ranchos de Taos, one place where law enforcement suspected the pair may have been hiding.

A search of public records revealed no prior criminal history for Silva.

Valencia remains in custody in Colorado and will be extradited to New Mexico, the release states.

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