Shooting-turned-traffic fatality suspect booked on murder charge

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Matthew Chavez (Photo courtesy Santa Fe County jail)

I don’t know any of the details on the arrest (where, when exactly, how, etc.), but I just got a call that a suspect in Saturday’s tragic shooting-turned-traffic fatality incident in southwest Santa Fe has been booked in jail.

According to the Santa Fe County jail website, Matthew Chavez, 19, was booked in at 8:04 p.m. and is being held in lieu of a $75,000 cash bond related to an arrest warrant served on him sometime Wednesday charging an open count of murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He is the second of three men that fled the scene Saturday night that are now behind bars.

Here is the text of the WANTED press release the Santa Fe Police Department sent out yesterday:

On April 09, 2011, Santa Fe Police responded [More…] to the intersection of Airport Road and Paseo Del Sol West due to a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles.

The intersection was closed from 1800 to 0300 due to the investigation of the crash. Ramona Romero, 80, was killed as a result of the crash. A three (3) year old male toddler suffered neck and head injuries and was transported to the Christius St Vincent hospital and was later airlifted to UNMH.  The toddler is in serious condition. The eight (8) year old sustained facial injuries and was later released from the hospital. Their father sustained head injuries and is listed in stable condition at Christus St Vincent Hospital.

A white Ford Mustang, believed to be involved in the crash, fled the scene immediately after the crash. The Mustang was occupied by three (3) unidentified males. Two spent casings were recovered from the scene. Alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the Arrest of Matthew Chavez in connection to the crash and death of Mrs. Ramona Romero.

Estevan Rivera (Photo courtesy Santa Fe County jail)

Estevan Rivera, 19, fled but surrendered to police later the same night and was booked on an unrelated arrest warrant and is being held in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.

Also, two related search warrants were made public in district court on Wednesday that another reporter was able to put together a little brief on that publishes in Thursday’s New Mexican in the LOCAL BRIEFS section. As you’ll see, as of press time for that brief, police had not yet informed us of the arrest:

A police search of the Lexus that crashed into a Ford Tempo on Saturday evening, killing one woman, revealed two small food-storage bags containing a white powdery substance that is suspected to be cocaine, according to an affidavit for a search warrant issued in First District Court.

Occupants of a white Ford Mustang fired shots at the Lexus, which ran into the Ford Tempo. The Ford Tempo was carrying four people, including 80-year-old Ramona Romero, who died in the crash. While three male occupants from the Lexus fled the scene on foot, the female driver remained and was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. Her name has not yet been released by police.

The Mustang also left the scene of the crime, and a car matching its description later was discovered torched southwest of Santa Fe. Police have issued an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Matthew Chavez in connection with the accident.

Among the items found in the Ford Tempo was a broken rosary cross.

In Tuesday’s New Mexican, we reported Santa Fe Police were looking into a burnt Mustang discovered by Santa Fe County Sheriff’s investigators out at the Camel Tracks off County Road 56 that police believe might be the Mustang that fled the scene of Saturday’s shooting/crash.

And here are some past articles, none of which have been written by me as I’ve been tied up in a court trial all week.

  1. shooter says:

    At the risk of being called (at best) politically incorrect…or, (at worst) racist, I believe it would serve the public to disclose the immigration status of people who are profiled here.

    This country *does* have an illegal immigration problem. That problem becomes worse when we learn of crimes committed my those who are here illegally and would NOT have been committed if our immigration laws had been enforced.

    We have enough of a criminal problem with citizens as it is…we really don’t need additional criminal acts being committed by those who are here illegally.

  2. Sarah says:

    Why? Only because they have a Hispanic surname you automatically assume they are illegals. Good grief! We have so many Santa Fe Natives with Hispanic surnames. You must be a newcomer to Santa Fe.

  3. Samantha says:

    Shooter…… Very ignorant of you! This is Santa fe, the majority of our community have hispanic last names!

  4. A says:

    That was very uncalled for shooter! You must be new to Santa Fe, well guess what? Not EVERYBODY from here is illegal! I am sure as hell not illegal, and I have a HISPANIC last name just like they do. I know the people involved in this personally, and can tell you none of them are illegals! Not that that makes what they did okay, but they already have enough problems without yours and anyone elses racial comments!!!

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