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RPD releases statement on homicide suspect’s arrest

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The Roswell Police Department released new information about Monday’s arrest of a homicide suspect, saying that another source had provided “incorrect information.”

Jeffrey Contreras, 25, of Roswell, was apprehended at 12:30 p.m. on Monday along with a woman at a local motel by the Roswell Police Department’s SWAT Team in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service.

A statement issued by Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for RPD, said an investigation by the Marshals Service led officers with the RPD and marshals to a motel room where Contreras was believed to be hiding.

Police and federal marshals were surveilling the room when Contreras and the woman who accompanied him exited the room, according to the statement.

Contreras and the woman made it into their vehicle and refused to exit when officers closed in. According to the statement, the woman tried to back up the vehicle, hitting an RPD vehicle that was behind them.

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Officers then broke the passenger window of the suspect vehicle, allowing them to unlock the door and arrest Contreras.

The statement was issued by RPD “to provide clarity to the actions that resulted in the arrest of a subject by the RPD and U.S. Marshals Service. Incorrect information was previously released by other sources.”

A post on the Facebook page of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, referenced in Tuesday’s edition of the Roswell Daily Record, stated that Contreras was extracted through a broken window of the vehicle he was in at the time.

No court documents about the charges against Contreras were filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court before press time Tuesday.

Contreras was wanted in connection with the death of Johnny Pacheco Jr., 26, of Roswell, who was found dead in the area of Lupton and Y.O. roads in the early morning hours of Jan. 22. Pacheco was reported missing Jan. 20 by members of his family.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.