Sheriff’s Investigator Israel Saenz, Junior, said they assisted the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Silver City Police Department in apprehending 31-year-old Nathan Rowland late Tuesday night at a location southwest of Silver City following a stand-off.
Saenz would not confirm whether Rowland was being investigated in the shooting early Monday morning of 44-year-old Eric Arzate of Las Cruces.Arzate was shot in the back while he and a Silver City woman were at the Luna County rest stop between Deming and Silver City.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Ben Segotta said investigators determined where Rowland was attempting to hide and safely evacuated the owner and other occupants.
After several hours of a tense standoff, Segotta said less-than-lethal chemical agents were deployed inside the residence. A fire erupted in a back bedroom, and firefighters were able to control the fire while SWAT members located Rowland and took him into custody without further incident. Rowland was taken to a hospital for medical treatment, and then booked into the Grant County Detention Center.
Segotta announced earlier this month that Rowland had been added to the Marshal’s list of Most Wanted Gang Offenders. Segotta said Rowland is a known member of the “Los Carnales” gang who frequented the Silver City and Bayard area.
Rowland has an extensive criminal history, routinely carries a firearm and was considered armed and extremely dangerous. Rowland had outstanding charges of Absconding from Probation, Drug possession, Assault/Battery, Aggravated Assault against House Hold Member, Larceny of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.