Santa Fe police have arrested Jeremiah Quillmann, ending a nearly three-week search for the man accused in a violent carjacking in April that critically injured an elderly man at the N.M. 599 Rail Runner station.

With help from Albuquerque police, Santa Fe officers found Quillmann on Tuesday at a Motel 6 on Prospect Avenue NE in Albuquerque, according to a news release.

Capt. Aaron Ortiz said Quillmann, 24, was booked into the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. He will be extradited to Santa Fe soon to face charges, Ortiz added.

Quillmann is facing charges of attempted murder, armed robbery and motor vehicle theft. He is suspected of shooting 73-year-old Antonio Garcia several times and then fleeing in Garcia’s 2020 Chrysler 300 the morning of April 12.

An arrest warrant affidavit filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court says Garcia was attacked while waiting for his wife to arrive on the Rail Runner Express commuter train. He found a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy parked down the road and told him about the incident before collapsing to the ground. The affidavit says Garcia sustained gunshot wounds to his face, left shoulder and left hand.

Garcia was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then transferred to University of New Mexico Hospital, where he initially was in critical condition. He was released from the hospital in early May, the Santa Fe Police Department said in the news release, but is still recovering.

Police identified Quillmann as the suspected shooter after witnesses reported seeing him near the station the night before the shooting.

An off-duty police officer and a friend were driving near N.M. 599 and West Frontage Road the evening of April 11 when they saw a man, later identified as Quillmann, lying on the side of the road at a site about two miles from the train station. They told investigators they pulled over to check on the man and see if he was alive, according to the affidavit.

Quillmann got up, approached the car and offered the men $100 for a ride back to Albuquerque, the men told police. They said Quillmann claimed someone had abandoned him in Santa Fe.

The men refused to give Quillmann a ride but offered him a large jacket before driving away. They described him as having short hair and two tattoos near his eyes, a cross and a teardrop.

When the men drove back to the same area later, they told investigators, they saw Quillmann walking east toward an Allsup’s store.

Security footage from the N.M. 599 station showed a man in a large jacket walking on the train tracks, up on the platform and toward the parking lot the morning of April 12, the affidavit says.

Garcia’s Chrysler 300 was found at a motel in Albuquerque later that day with bullet holes in the driver’s-side window. Police detained three people in a room Quillmann had entered. They told police he’d stopped by to get ammunition and left without mentioning anything about the car, the affidavit says.

The Albuquerque Police Department’s Gun Violence Reduction and Investigative Support units found Quillmann at a motel Tuesday through “mobile and static surveillance” and detained him after he tried to flee on foot through a parking lot, according to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Quillmann had a bag of what police suspected was methamphetamine when he was arrested, the complaint says, and is facing an additional felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

His criminal history includes guilty pleas to counts of receiving or transferring stolen vehicles and possession of a controlled substance.

The shooting at the N.M. 599 station came a week after a deadly shooting at the Rail Runner Express South Capitol Station in Santa Fe.

Matthew Arellano, 22, is being held without bond until his trial on charges of murder and attempted murder in the April 5 shooting, which killed 24-year-old David Hernandez of Pojoaque and wounded 38-year-old Eli Trujillo.

Rail Runner managers and city officials have said they plan to increase security measures at the train stations to ensure passenger safety.

(16) comments

Kyle Elliott

Its progressive enforcement policies, or lack there of. It's letting crime run amuck and then not holding criminals. It's creating an atmosphere perfect for breeding crime, Santa Fe loves to imitate Portland, New York, San Francisco instead of being itself....look how those cities are turning out...its time for a change Santa Fe...let's enforce the law again and bring back bail laws, keep criminals off the streets, close Pete's place, enforce narcotic violations again, bring back prowling to lower burglaries, where lawfully owned guns get stolen, enforce narcotic violations that fuel the rampant thefts, burglaries and auto thefts...

Khal Spencer

Sigh. I'm sure this is yet another "...political problem that got forced upon the criminal justice system."

Therefore, I hope our D.A. indicts society at large for being the root cause of this shooting instead of trying this helpless and innocent victim who ended up on the wrong side of the law due, undoubtedly, to conditions beyond his control.

Now, where can I find a bail bondsman for myself?

Mike Johnson

True Khal, this incompetent DA will no doubt develop a "restorative justice" scheme for this suspect, after all we wouldn't want to waste time and money on trials or for people to go to jail would we...[beam]

Russell Scanlon

Oh please. . . nothing like oversimplification and using this senseless tragedy to score political points for your side. This guy should be put away for a LONG time and I doubt you would find many who disagree with that.

Khal Spencer

Just a little early morning sarcasm at the reader's expense. I am sure he will be prosecuted--and early-released or paroled or plea-bargained and out on the street a little sooner than I'd like. But the idea of social injustice being the root cause of a lot of crime ain't my original idea.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jopp.12218

Mike Johnson

Not far fetched at all Khal. The line between politics and crime has become blurrier every year. Now no one is personally responsible for their actions or personal situation that causes them, it can all be laid at the feet of right wing politics. If you are a criminal in the old sense of the word, and commit crimes, today it can be rationalized as being in an "underserved" community, minority group, etc. that suffers from "social or climate injustice and inequity". If you fail in school it is because the government did not pay for laptops and high speed internet for you when you were growing up. Poverty is because some political faction doesn't want to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, or that they vote against free child care, elder care, etc. as "infrastructure". So any criminal can point to how their situation is political, that is where this is going.

Russell Scanlon

It’s quite possible to support more funding for education and also support tough penalties for heinous crimes. It is not “either-or”. It is also not helpful to turn a tragedy like this into a political campaign for law and order. I doubt that any of us commenting here have experienced the kind of grinding poverty, addictions, or mental illness that drives people to these kind of violent ignorant actions.

Khal Spencer

Really? These get our attention politically because no one wants to get shot dropping their wife off at the train station or showing up for the morning shift at the commuter rail line.

Every time someone gets shot, its a tragedy being used for a political campaign for more gun control. Every heat wave leads to a campaign for a Green New Deal. The opioid crisis got our attention, in part because it is honkies dropping dead. As someone once said, never let a crisis go to waste.

If this gets our attention, its because we need to examine those things you mention, Russell. Our lack of concern with grinding poverty, cultural collapse et al. as well as our failing criminal justice system. Like so many others in this state who commit violent crime, Mr. Quillmann seems to have advanced degrees from the Greybar University. He made his own choices.

Russell Scanlon

The reason why there are campaigns for gun control is that there are too many guns. The reason why a “heat wave” is used to campaign for the Green New Deal is because the earth is warming up and the rivers are running dry. The reason why the opioid crisis shocks us is because it is a human catastrophe.

I am continually amazed by the ability of human beings to predict disaster and to do absolutely nothing to stop it because of short sightedness, superstition, lack of imagination, and mostly, because of the obsessive pursuit of wealth at the expense of everything else.

Gun crisis—talk to the NRA.

Climate crisis—talk to the fossil fuel industry.

Opioid—talk to big pharma.

Now try to tell me I’m wrong.

mark Coble

Russell, does the SUN have much to do with our climate and weather? Pole shifts? Weakening magnetosphere? Increased cosmic rays? I understand that questions are discouraged here in SF. In fact, this paper prints plenty of climate change articles without ever mentioning the sun, why? Gosh it can ONLY be man made climate change! Ummmm...a big NO.

Russell Scanlon

After awhile, it’s really useless to keep ‘debating’ a fact that almost every climate scientist agrees on.

Angel Ortiz

Should be interesting how our District Attorney addresses this case. I'm not extremely optimistic.

Prince Michael Jauregui

I humbly encourage continued prayers for the victim of this latest, cowardly act of violence.

Based upon the alleged perpetrator's last name and appearance, he can expect a Hug-and-a-Happy Meal from the D.A.'s office. Ah, "American Justice".

Andrew Lucero

I'm glad they got this animal off our streets. (Even though it is probably only temporary)... Sadly, I have ZERO faith in out District Attorney's ability to successfully prosecute this case. (She will plea it down to some Mickey Mouse charge). If by some miracle he is found guilty, our judges still wont hand down a meaningful sentence. There won't be much justice for the victim... But none the less, my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family...

Mark Ortiz

You do realize animals don't do this sort of thing, right?

Mark Ortiz

I just hope he's eligible for District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwiess's pre-prosecution diversion program, poor lad.

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