Man wanted for 31-year-old New Mexico murder found living in Moline

Valentin Vasquez
Valentin Vasquez

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – A fugitive for the last 31 years from Albuquerque, N.M. has been captured in the Quad Cities.

Police say 62-year-old Valentin Vasquez, wanted by the Albuquerque Police for murder, was discovered hiding in Moline.

Moline Police first had contract with Vasquez on November 29, 2015 during a traffic crash. Officers investigating the crash became suspicious when he gave his name as something similar to Valentin Vasquez.

After investigating, officers say they were certain they were speaking with a man wanted for murder out of Bernalillo County New Mexico for the 1984 Murder of a Juan Gutierrez.

Vasquez was taken into custody and the Albuquerque New Mexico Police Department immediately sent a detective from their Cold Case Unit to Moline.

Albuquerque Cold Case Detective Richard Lewis stated, “The Albuquerque Police Department and the citizens of Albuquerque wish to thank the Moline Police Department for the capture of Valentin Vasquez and the overwhelming support shown to our investigation”.

Moline Detectives and Detective Lewis spoke to numerous individuals associated with Vasquez regarding the murder. They say Vasquez had been living in Moline, under an assumed identity, since 1988. Police confirm he was employed in the Quad Cities.

Officials say Vasquez’s extradition to Albuquerque will take around a week. Once there, he will face murder charges in the shooting death of Juan Gutierrez.

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