EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) – After more than two weeks on the run police have nabbed the man accused of being in the stolen van when it crashed into a family, killing 14-year-old Shaylee Boling and her mother.
Police transported 24-year-old Paul Garcia to Albuquerque Police Department Headquarters Thursday afternoon.
He kept quiet, not saying a word as he walked into the building.
According to Santa Fe Sheriff’s deputies, Garcia was arrested at Walmart in Edgewood on Thursday.
KRQE News 13 is told a tipster alerted deputies after spotting the murder suspect at the McDonald’s inside the Walmart.
Albuquerque police say Garcia was the passenger in the stolen van that crashed into Shaylee Boling, her mother and 3-year-old brother in the Heights two weeks ago as the couple tried to lose police.
Shaylee, a Sandia High School freshman, was killed instantly. Her mother, Shaunna Arredondo-Boling died later at the hospital. Shaunna was a former educational assistant at Sandia High and crossing guard assistant for APD.
Two weeks ago, police arrested the alleged driver, 21-year-old Elexus Groves.
Thursday, the man grieving the loss of his wife and daughter called Garcia’s capture great news.
“It was a breath of fresh air, it really was,” said David Arrendondo.
Arredondo didn’t hold back when talking about his wife and daughter’s suspected killers.
“I hope that they never forget, I hope that they live in such misery and live a long life in misery,” said Arredondo.
Thursday, police stressed again how the city’s problem with thieves keeps claiming innocent lives.
“We have a mother, we have a daughter. We have a close friend. She was one of our crossing guards who died as a result of property crime offenders,” Chief Gorden Eden said.
Even though Groves admitted to being behind the wheel, both Groves and Garcia are looking at two first-degree murder charges.
Police said they have started questioning Garcia. They also said at this point, they can’t confirm for certain who was the driver and who was the passenger.
KRQE News 13 is told Garcia was arrested Thursday without incident.
The tipster who works at the McDonald’s in the Walmart said she recognized Garcia right away from the news.
Police have promised to go after anyone who helped Garcia hide out.
Garcia has already been indicted by a grand jury.