NMSP arrests South Carolina fugitive


Correction issued below

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police report that a South Carolina fugitive that was last seen on foot in the Village of San Jon in Quay County has been captured. NMSP had previously asked the public to be on the lookout for 45-year-old David Banacek Tracy who was said to be armed and dangerous.

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NMSP state that their department was contacted by the South Carolina Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office on the evening of October 7 for their assistance in locating Tracy who is an attempted murder suspect. According to authorities, Tracy was wanted for attempted murder, discharging a weapon into a vehicle, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The sheriff’s office in Spartanburg, South Carolina tells KRQE News 13 Tracy is accused of shooting at a car with his child and the grandmother inside. No one was hurt but he is charged with attempted murder.

The Spartanburg Sheriff’s Office believed Tracy was traveling west in a blue SUV towing a white trailer on I-40. Police state that after a Be On the Lookout was issued, NMSP officers from Tucumcari and nearby areas started to search for Tracy on I-40.

NMSP reports that its officers discovered the suspect’s vehicle parked at a Valero gas station in San Jon, New Mexico and after seeing the officers, Tracy ran out of the gas station and ran towards the Convention Center. Tracy was reportedly traveling with a female who police say was detained and later released as she was not charged with any crimes.

As additional resources arrived at the scene, authorities began to search for the suspect, and around 12:10 a.m. on Oct. 8, an aircraft crew found Tracy hiding in rough terrain along the frontage road of Route 66 about two miles west of San Jon. NMSP reports that Tracy was taken into custody and arrested without incident.

He has since been booked into the Quay County Detention Center in Tucumcari. Police report that in addition to his charges in South Carolina, Tracy is also pending charges in New Mexico. He will be extradited to South Carolina.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated David Tracy was a homicide suspect which is incorrect. Tracy was wanted for attempted murder in South Carolina.

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