Albuquerque, NM - On June 09, 2017 Investigators with the United States Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force and Detectives with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Eastman. Eastman was an escaped inmate from South Dakota and was also wanted for questioning in relation to a homicide that occurred in Rapid City South Dakota. Eastman walked away from an inmate work site in South Dakota where he was serving a sentence for grand theft at the time.
Investigators from South Dakota believed that Eastman had fled the state and was hiding out in Albuquerque. Investigators from the United States Marshals Service in New Mexico and South Dakota along with Task Force Officers here in New Mexico tracked down leads and were able to locate Eastman in a Parking lot near the intersection of Montano Plaza Dr NW and Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque. Eastman was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service SWIFT Task Force and Detectives with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot where he was in possession of a stolen vehicle. Eastman was booked at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center pending his extradition back to South Dakota.
United States Marshal Conrad E. Candelaria said “justice is one step closer to prevailing, due to the unyielding and tireless efforts of many law enforcement agencies partnering with the Marshals Service from state, local and county agencies, this fugitive will answer for any crimes he has committed”.