One arrested, one at large after hours-long SWAT situation in Hobbs neighborhood

One arrested, one at large after hours-long SWAT situation in Hobbs neighborhood
Sammy Pinon, 29, was arrested Monday without incident on two outstanding warrants, authorities said. (Source: Hobbs Police Department)
Sammy Pinon, 29, was arrested Monday without incident on two outstanding warrants, authorities said. (Source: Hobbs Police Department)
Anthony Quiroz, 28, remained at large Monday night. (Source: Hobbs Police Department)
Anthony Quiroz, 28, remained at large Monday night. (Source: Hobbs Police Department)
Hobbs Police arrived in the 500 block of East White Street around 8 a.m. (Source: KWES)
Hobbs Police arrived in the 500 block of East White Street around 8 a.m. (Source: KWES)
Police blocked nearby roads and asked the public to avoid the area. (Source: KWES)
Police blocked nearby roads and asked the public to avoid the area. (Source: KWES)

HOBBS, NM (KWES) - A fugitive remained at large Monday night following an hours-long SWAT situation in the 500 block of East White Street, Hobbs Police said.

Anthony Quiroz, a 28-year-old absconder from the New Mexico Probation and Parole Division, is believed to be one of two masked men reportedly seen entering a residence Monday morning, according to officials.

His accomplice was identified as Sammy Pinon, 29.

Both men were armed, according to authorities, and had active arrest warrants.

Officers arrived around 8 a.m. and convinced Pinon to exit the residence following numerous attempts.

He was arrested without incident on two outstanding warrants for unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, aggravated battery against a household member, battery against a household member, aggravated assault and breaking and entering.

"The SWAT team remained on scene [following Pinon's exit] and no other occupants were located inside the residence," Hobbs officials said in a statement.

Authorities were seen removing police tape and vacating White Street around 4 p.m., hours after the homeowner's relative informed officers Quiroz likely was not in the house.

"They know we're going to be honest with them [and] we're going to cooperate with them," she said. "It's empty, except for a little dog... They still went in there and made a mess."

Police declined to answer questions about the SWAT situation and ongoing investigation in an on-camera interview.

Anyone with information relating to Anthony Quiroz's whereabouts is urged to contact Hobbs investigators at (575) 397-9265.

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