Manhunt continues for murder suspect

Kassi Nelson
November 15, 2017 06:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A life lost too soon. A family left heartbroken.


Police say 19-year-old Samantha Sandoval was killed and the man responsible for her death still on the loose. According to APD, repeat offender Dominic Garcia intentionally ran over Sandoval at Pennsylvania and Haines.

Garcia has a lengthy criminal record, but none of his charges stemmed from a violent crime -- at least not until what happened on Tuesday.

Sandoval's cousin, Tabitha Lucero, said the 19-year-old was like a little sister to her.

"Shocking. Unexpected. Devastating," Lucero said. "She was so young, a beautiful soul. She had the world ahead of her."

According to a criminal complaint, the 39-year-old Garcia ran over Sandoval with his vehicle following an argument early Tuesday morning. Police say witnesses heard the two yelling at the intersection before Garcia backed over Sandoval.

They say he then drove her to the hospital, where she later died of her injuries. But he took off.

Now he's wanted for murder and Sandoval's family is left dealing with the loss.

"People are just evil," Lucero said. "And then what breaks my heart is I know she was calling for help and no one was there to help her. Nobody."

It's not Garcia's first run-in with the law. More than 20 mugshots show that local law enforcement officers know him well. According to court records, he had two warrants out for his arrest when police say he killed Sandoval.

Lucero said she and other family members are taking it day by day and holding on to the good times she had with her cousin.

"God knows whoever did this, and they're going to get punished eventually," Lucero said.

Garcia faces an open count of murder and one count of tampering with evidence. If you have any information, call police at (505) 242-COPS.


Kassi Nelson

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