ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque police say the suspect in a Georgia murder, who was released due to a mixup, has been located.
Officials say while narcotics detectives were executing a search warrant at a residence near Edith and Osuna, Robert Craig Sandman was found.
Swarms of APD detectives, working with SWAT, State Police and the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office searched the home.
“We didn't take any risks. We worked with other agencies,” said Tasia Martinez, APD spokesperson.
Police found meth, assault rifles, a one-month-old baby and six adults inside.
Police say they arrested five of those adults, one on a drug charge and four on felony warrants, including Sandman, who is wanted in connection to the murder of Donald Singer.
Singer, a well-liked family man, was found dead and wrapped in blankets in his garage in Duluth, Ga., in late March. His car, a 1988 Porsche, was missing.
Singer's Porsche was found in early April in a parking lot at San Felipe Casino in Sandman's possession.
But it wasn't the Porsche that caught the attention of Sandoval County sheriff's deputies. Sandman was allegedly bothering people in the parking lot.
Deputies quickly found out Sandman had a warrant out of Georgia as a person of interest in Singer's murder. Duluth police planned to extradite Sandman back to Georgia for questioning, and an extradition hearing was held in Sandoval County on April 19.
However, according to a court order dated May 13, District Judge George Eichwald, who was presiding over the Levi Chavez murder trial, released Sandman. The order said the state of Georgia failed to organize the extradition within 20 days of the April hearing.
Duluth police said they were never notified Sandman was ready for transfer, and they just found out July 10 Sandman was no longer in jail. Police notified Singer's family the next day.
It appears Georgia officials didn't follow through with the extradition process because of a paperwork mix-up and a lack of communication in New Mexico and Georgia.
Duluth police said Sandman faces theft charges for allegedly taking Singer's car.
Sandman previously spent nine years in a New Mexico prison for the 1992 murder of his wife in Carlsbad.
APD said Monday’s arrest should bring some comfort to Singer's family.
“We are hoping that out of all of this, his family will get some peace and hopefully some closure knowing he is now in custody,” Martinez said.
She said the baby’s mother found inside the home was one of the five arrested. The baby is now in the custody of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
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