Homicide Suspect Arrested
Multi-Agency Task Effort Leads to Arrest
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—On May 2, 2022, the United States Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Task Force (SWIFT) arrested Jonathan Gabriel Martinez in the northeast area of Albuquerque.
A felony arrest warrant had been issued in Bernalillo County in October of last year. Martinez had been charged in the July 10, 2021, murder of Trevonte Robbins. During the incident, Robbins was struck and killed by gunfire and another victim sustained gunshot injuries. This incident occurred in the vicinity of Central Avenue and 4th Street in Albuquerque.
The warrant, filed in the Second Judicial Circuit, charges Jonathan Gabriel Martinez with first-degree murder, conspiracy, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with intent to commit a violent felony (murder). The U.S. Marshals Service was asked to join the investigation in search of Martinez in November 2022.
Upon his arrest today, investigators found a silver revolver on the floorboard of the vehicle Martinez had been driving and a woolen “ski mask,” with apertures for the eyes and mouth.
“Today’s arrest of Martinez is significant because it sends a message to all violent offenders that they will not be allowed to continue to instill fear in our community,” said Sonya K. Chavez, United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico. “Our community deserves peace of mind and so do the families of the victims of these heinous crimes,” she added.
“This investigation highlights the strong partnership the Albuquerque Police Department shares with our many law enforcement partners,” said Harold Medina, chief of the Albuquerque Police Department. “Martinez’ arrest is an example of how working together can bring significant cases like this to an end and give some closure to the victims’ families,” he added.
The United States Marshals Service District of New Mexico Southwest Investigative Fugitive Task Force is comprised of investigators from various state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies. Those involved in the apprehension of Martinez include, the Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Department of Corrections-Probation & Parole, Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Marshals Service.
The United States Marshals Service, as the first Federal Law Enforcement Agency in the United States (1789) continues to serve our Nation in unseen, but critical missions to include protecting the Federal Judicial process, managing seized assets (acquired by criminals, through illegal means), housing and transporting federal prisoners and enforcement operations. By combining the resources of multiple agencies, the identification, investigation, and apprehension of fugitives wanted for egregious crimes against the community, is accomplished while ensuring the application of equal Justice, Integrity, and Service for all.
For more information about the U.S. Marshals, visit https://www.usmarshals.gov/