Retired State policeman and son arrested in 2011 homicide

Posted at: 01/15/2013 2:20 PM
Updated at: 01/16/2013 6:37 AM
By: staff

Rio Rancho police arrested two Rio Rancho men early Tuesday for the July 2011 murder of James Chavez.

Police said they arrested Jack McDowell, 56, and his son, John McDowell, 36, after a lengthy SWAT situation.

In a news release, police said they initiated the SWAT because the elder McDowell is a retired State Police officer and has knowledge of police tactics.

The precautions were taken to ensure the safety of officers and the public, as well as the suspects, the release said.

Both men face the following charges in the death of Chavez, 35:

Open count of murder, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.

They are facing a $1 million cash-only bond.

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