Speedway break-in suspect arrested following hours-long incident

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A local man was arrested after barricading himself for hours in a northwest Albuquerque gas station. Albuquerque Police responded to a call around 1:42 a.m. Thursday morning at the Speedway gas station on the 900 block of Rio Grande northwest.

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According to a criminal complaint, police found 33-year-old Estevan Marquez inside the gas station near a broken window. Police say Marquez grabbed a piece of broken glass and refused to leave the store. Police attempted for around three hours to try and get Marquez to leave the store voluntarily. The complaint states a K-9 unit was eventually called in to assist.

During the hours-long incident, Marquez repeatedly grabbed pieces of glass and told officers he wanted them to kill him. At one point, the complaint states, Marquez stepped outside the Speedway while holding a large piece of glass to his neck. Once he was on the ground, he grabbed another piece of glass and turned towards officers.

Officials say they spoke with Marquez for several more hours before he agreed to come out of the gas station. The complaint states Marquez walked out of the Speedway holding a piece of glass and a garbage bag full of cigarette cartons.

That’s when, police say, Marquez attempted to flee the scene on foot. Police say they needed to use force before eventually getting him into custody.

Police closed Rio Grande Boulevard just south of I-40 to Bellamah Avenue early Thursday morning due to the incident.

Marquez is also facing charges for an October 17 break-in at the Target on Lomas near Hotel Circle. In that case, police say he used a rock to break through the front glass door and loaded a shopping cart full of items. He was released from custody and referred to pretrial services.

Marquez’s criminal history also includes drug charges and a 2018 rape charge, but that case was dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

For Thursday’s break-in, Marquez is being charged with aggravated burglary, criminal damage to property, and resisting arrest.

This is a developing story. KRQE News 13 will provide updates as they are made available.

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