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By Kevin Wilson

Warrants issued in homicide


Last updated 10/19/2021 at 3:43pm

CLOVIS — A pair of arrest warrants were filed Monday in connection with the Oct. 10 homicide of 28-year-old Ivan Luevano.

Police are seeking David Valdez, 33, and Victor Quintanilla, 30. The two were last seen in the Lubbock area. Valdez is listed in court records as 5-foot-5, 160 pounds, while Quintanilla is 5-foot-10, 167 pounds.

The Clovis Police Department and the district attorney’s office both told The News they didn’t have any information to release beyond what was in the warrants.

According to criminal complaints filed Monday in Curry County Magistrate Court:

• Officers were called out to 125 El Camino, where they discovered Luevano with what appeared to be four gunshot wounds. Luevano was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, where he died.

• A criminal complaint noted Luevano’s bedroom had a large amount of marijuana and cash, along with a digital scale.

• A review of a neighbor’s security camera showed a black Nissan Titan pickup slowing down before going out of frame, followed by a man walking across the street to Luevano’s residence. About two minutes later, the same person is seen in the footage running back just about the time a 911 call on the shooting was made.

• A resident of the house told investigators she was home at the time of the incident and heard the shots ring out. She said she peaked through her bedroom door and saw a male in a black hoodie holding a semi auto handgun and ordering somebody else to grab items from the house. At the scene, the witness told police that two backpacks were missing that Ivan was never without.

• On Oct. 12, Crime Stoppers received a tip that Valdez was the shooter and that the Titan pickup was at an apartment complex in Lubbock. Police drove to the apartment complex, where the truck was located, and a search of Valdez’ apartment revealed a backpack matching the description of one missing from Luevano’s residence.

• The person who called in the tip told police that Valdez spoke with him the evening of Oct. 10 asking if he knew anybody who would be interested in buying weed. The tipster said Valdez invited him over around lunch time Oct. 11, and that Valdez was in a panic. Valdez said he shot somebody who came at his friend Nic — later identified as Quintanilla — and that man ended up dying. He also said, “they even blasted my truck all up on the news.” The tipster said Valdez asked for a ride later that night, and the location they went to had a truck matching the description of the one police were seeking.

• Valdez’ girlfriend told police that her boyfriend called the afternoon of Oct. 10 asking her to meet him in Shallowater, Texas, because his truck was low on gas. When they met up, she said Valdez was with Quintanilla. Valdez asked her to swap vehicles and told her the less she knew the better off she was.


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