Pair accused of murdering veteran suspected of other crimes

Tyler Lackey ATM Pic

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The pair accused of murdering a young Army veteran in Albuquerque are suspects in more crimes, including a robbery in Oklahoma.

On Friday, March 4, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 25-year-old Matthew Chavez and 22-year-old Veronica Trimble at the WinStar World Casino in Love County, Oklahoma.

The two had been on the run since February 5, when they are suspected of shooting and killing 24-year-old Army veteran Tyler Lackey at an ATM at Gibson and Yale.

Investigators who had been tracking Chavez and Trimble finally corned them in southeastern Oklahoma and took them into custody.

A few days later, and Chavez has been charged with robbery in Carter County, Oklahoma. That’s just one county north of Love County.

Matthew Chavez, 25, is charged with robbing a Hastings store in Ardmore, Okla.
Matthew Chavez, 25, is charged with robbing a Hastings store in Ardmore, Okla.

Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd said Chavez is accused of robbing a Hastings in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

“The allegations are that he went into Hastings and presented the cashier with a note, making a threat that he would use a gun, that he had a gun and to not make a scene and give the money in the cash register to him,” Ladd told KXII, a CBS sister station of KRQE.

Surveillance video captured the incident. Trimble did not come inside the store, and so she hasn’t been charged with a crime — at least for now.

Chavez was placed on a no bond hold by the Oklahoma judge he went before.

Chavez appears in court in Carter County, Okla. on robbery charges.
Chavez appears in court in Carter County, Okla. on robbery charges.

Now it’s unclear what will come first: Either Chavez will be extradited back to New Mexico for the murder charge or he will stay put in Oklahoma until this robbery charge is taken care of.

That will be up to Ladd.

The U.S. Marshals also tell KRQE News 13 that Chavez and Trimble are suspects in more robberies in New Mexico and Texas. It’s unclear where exactly in both states.

The Albuquerque Police Department said as of now, they have not linked Chavez and Trimble to any specific crimes, but that they will investigate that once they return to New Mexico.

APD will send officers to get the pair as soon as the issues with extradition are worked out. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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