ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The search has ended for the suspect in a horrific homicide that took place almost five years ago in Albuquerque.
In 2008 local family members watched in disbelief as a man repeatedly ran over Robert Garcia with a pickup truck. Finally Bernalillo County sheriff's detectives are getting to question the suspect.
Family and friends were at a graduation party in the 2000 block of Felicitas SW on Dec. 13, 2008. The celebration soon turned deadly when, according to court documents, Garcia, 40, told Ramón Loya Jr. to leave.
Sheriff's officials explained what followed.
"Hit him with the truck, ran over him at least twice, possibly three times, so drive over him, back up, drive over him again, and then fled the scene," Sgt. Mark Kmatz told KRQE News 13 in 2008.
Garcia died later at UNM Hospital. In May 2009 a grand jury indicted Loya on numerous charges, but he had already fled to Mexico.
"The fact is we never gave up on the case," sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson told KRQE News 13 Friday. "Our detectives continually followed up on it, tried to locate where this individual was."
According to Williamson, Loya was recently captured in Mexico. Overnight, the U.S. Marshal's Service returned Loya to Albuquerque to face charges from that December 2008 night.
Former neighbors of Garcia told KRQE News 13 they couldn't believe Loya had finally been captured.
Williamson says he hopes Garcia's family finds a little closure.
"This is going to be the first Christmas since this horrible incident where they're going to have a little bit of closure knowing that the individual who caused their family so much pain is behind bars where he should be," Williamson said.
Loya faces charges including an open charge of murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Jail records show he is being held on a $1 million bond.
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