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Fingerprints link offender who died of crime spree to massage spa murder

Tuesday 08/03/22

ALBUQUERQUE – APD Homicide Detectives announced today that fingerprint evidence links Raphael Marquez to the February 15, 2022 murder at the Canna Spa Massage. Detectives have determined that Marquez, who was killed following a police chase on Feb. 25, was responsible for the shooting death of a Canna Spa employee.

Marquez was killed near Belen on February 25, following a chase along I-25. Officers shot Marquez after his vehicle overturned. Detective APD had filed multiple criminal charges against Marquez the same night, accusing him of going on a violent crime spree in Albuquerque on February 20 and 21.

Homicide detectives were looking for information that Marquez may be responsible for the Feb. 15 murder at Canna Spa. A member of the public told detectives that Marquez admitted to killing the employee at the spa. Officers then found the black pickup shown in surveillance video with the suspect leaving the scene of the murder. Fingerprints found at the spa, as well as fingerprints from the truck returned as a match with Marquez.

“All of these factors led investigators to conclude that Marquez was responsible for the cold-blooded spa murder,” ODA Chief Harold Medina said. “We held out hope that we could come to this conclusion, based on solid evidence, so that we could help allay fears within the Asian-American community. We still have work to do to put an end to these brazen heists. But the people responsible for both the recent murders and the massage businesses are no longer on the streets of Albuquerque.

Marquez is also a person of interest in a homicide the APD has been investigating since December 24, 2021. Evidence links Marquez to this homicide.

Marquez timeline:

December 24, 2021: Marquez is considered by ODA detectives to be a person of interest in the murder of 32-year-old David Brown.

Feb. 15, 2022: Marquez is charged with fatally shooting an employee of Canna Spa, located at 475 Coors Blvd NW

Feb. 20-21, 2022: Marquez was charged with breaking and entering a business, forcibly entering three homes, stealing owners’ vehicles, abducting three people and having shot at bystanders, a family with young children and two women who tried to get away from him.

Marquez also had multiple warrants for his arrest related to an incident on Sept. 6, 2021, in which he stole a purse with $3,000 in cash and $2,500 in property. Marquez resisted arrest and assaulted officers when they attempted to apprehend him.

APD detectives also charged Marquez with two home burglaries on December 22 and 30, 2021. He had warrants pending for those crimes, as well as the incident in September 2021, when he committed the series of crimes last month.

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