Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Hobbs fugitive captured in Louisiana after multi-month search

Louisiana State Police spotted the murder suspect's Jeep with New Mexico plates at a Chevron Station on Monday.

43-year-old Ricardo Leyva has been on the run from New Mexico police after being charged with his connection to the murder of Anthony Quiroz in Hobbs in March of this year.

Hobbs police made a public request for information to help with locating Leyva but they had been unsuccessful until Monday of this week when a breakthrough in the case was made in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Sometime after noon just off I-20 near Hamilton Road, a vehicle belonging to Leyva was spotted at a Chevron gas station. Louisiana State Police, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Bossier City Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service all responded to the scene.

Bossier City spokesman Louis Johnson said Leyva apparently “used a decoy to take his vehicle and use his phone” in hopes of throwing New Mexico authorities off his trail (KSLA News 12, Rachael Thomas, 7.31.23)

While the decoy was successful for several months, ultimately police were able to outsmart the wanted man and currently have him in custody awaiting his extradition to New Mexico.

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