Arizona deputies arrest fugitive accused of murder in New Mexico

Nov 4, 2022, 11:05 AM
Fabian Archuleta (Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
Fabian Archuleta (Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Photo)
(Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – A man wanted for murder in New Mexico was arrested in northern Arizona this week, authorities said.

Fabian Archuleta, 39, was taken into custody around 3 p.m. Tuesday in Seligman, off Interstate 40 between Kingman and Flagstaff, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Friday.

YCSO deputies made contact with Archuleta after getting information from police in Española, New Mexico, that he was in the Seligman area.

The fugitive initially refused to cooperate and wouldn’t leave his vehicle, but the deputies coaxed him out and arrested him without incident, YCSO said.

Archuleta was being in held in Yavapai County Jail while awaiting extradition on a warrant out of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, according to the release.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Archuleta is suspected of fatally shooting a man who was trying to sell him a stolen car in Española on Oct. 22.

The newspaper said his previous criminal record includes convictions for aggravated battery, false imprisonment and possession of a controlled substance.

Seligman is about 500 miles west of Española, which is near the state capital of Santa Fe.

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Arizona deputies arrest fugitive accused of murder in New Mexico