Robbery/Carjacking Investigation

by Staff Reporter / Oct 17, 2017 / comments
Terra Silver (image redacted due to being under 18 yo) and Tranquilino Louis Valencia (right) are sought by State Police in relation to an armed robbery and car jacking in Pecos Friday. Courtesy photos

Robbery/Carjacking Investigation

Submitted by Carol A. Clark  

PECOS ― The New Mexico State Police is investigating an armed robbery of a male victim, which occurred at an ATM around 8 a.m. Friday in Pecos.

Investigators believe at least three suspects, two males and a female, were involved in this incident. One male subject, identified as Mariano Francisco Araica-Avalos, was taken into custody by State Police and interviewed.

The remaining two suspects, later identified as 33-year-old Tranquilino Louis Valencia and 17-year-old Terra Silva, were involved in a subsequent carjacking at a campground in Dalton Canyon near N.M. 63. Valencia took a blue 2011 Honda Civic at gunpoint, fired a gunshot in the direction of the victims of the car-jacking, and fled the area. The blue Honda Civic was subsequently recovered Oct. 14 in Santa Fe.

Araica-Avalos was charged with aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement, theft of a credit card, and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, and was transported to the San Miguel County Detention Center.

Valencia and Silva have family ties to the Ranchos De Taos area, and may be there or in the surrounding area. Valencia has a warrant for his arrest pertaining to this investigation, and has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, larceny, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Additionally, Valencia is a suspect in multiple violent crimes, which have occurred in Taos and Santa Fe Counties.

The New Mexico State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating Valencia and Silva. If seen, do not approach. The suspects are armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information should call 911 or the New Mexico State Police at 505.841.9256, option #3.