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Murder suspect arrested after accidental release in NM

Robert Sandman

Robert Sandman

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A Duluth man wanted in Gwinnett for questioning in the death of his neighbor in March is now in custody in New Mexico — for a second time.

Robert Craig Sandman, 52, was arrested during a drug raid in Albuquerque on Monday, the New Mexico news outlet KOB Eyewitness News 4 reported.

Sandman was originally arrested April 7 after “being a nuisance” outside a casino in San Felipe Pueblo, N.M., when officials with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office learned he was wanted in Georgia, charged with stealing the Porsche of 57-year-old Donald Singer — a Duluth man found dead inside his Montheath Pass garage March 28.

Duluth police found out in July that Sandman had been set free May 13 due to a paperwork error after waiting three months for him to be extradited for questioning.

While he’s not been charged in Singer’s death, Sandman has been described as a person of interest.

“We will be initiating extradition once again,” Duluth police spokesman Maj. Don Woodruff said.

Singer’s daughter reportedly found his body wrapped in blankets on the garage floor of his home. Authorities also noted a ladder was set up overhead, a window pane has been broken and the presence of an “overwhelming” smell of bleach in the air. Singer’s 1988 Porsche 944 was missing from the scene. Warrants for theft by taking were issued for Sandman six days after Singer’s body was found. While the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of the death undetermined, police were working the case as a homicide.

Sandman served nine years in prison after admitting to the 1992 murder of his wife.