Police seek 2nd suspect in murder case

July 18, 2014 • Local News

Steven Lucero


Gilbert Lucero

Roswell police detectives continue to search for Steven Lucero in connection with the murder of Isaiah Sanchez.

Detectives arrested his brother, Gilbert Lucero, 32, on Wednesday, following a traffic stop, on an outstanding warrant for murder in connection with the death of Sanchez.

Sanchez, 30, was discovered dead in a residence located at 1812 N. Maryland Ave. in Roswell at about 8:30 p.m. on June 4.

Sanchez was a longtime resident of San Patricio, until four years ago when he moved to Roswell to attend Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, where he graduated in July of 2012 and December of 2013 with honors.

He worked as a mechanic at a local mechanic shop in Roswell, according to his obituary.

During the course of the investigation, detectives obtained sufficient probable cause and secured arrest warrants for both Gilbert Lucero and Steven Lucero, according to police.

Steven Lucero is still at- large and detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating him.

“The detectives believe that Steven has connections in Texas,” said Roswell Police Officer Lisa Brackeen. “They are still investigating the case and exploring the motive, and trying to tie that all in together.”

Brackeen said the detectives have no new information to release at this time, and that they do not have a motive for the killing.

Sanchez’s homicide does not appear to be related to other homicides that occurred in Roswell during May and June, Brackeen said.

“This case is unrelated to the homicide the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office is investigating or the homicide at the base,” Brackeen said.

Gilbert Lucero is being held in the Chaves County Detention Center on no bond. He is charged with murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with evidence to wit: first degree murder and armed robbery.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Steven Lucero is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at 624-6770 or Crime Stoppers 1-888-594-8477.

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