Woman Charged with Murder in Made Up Story that Killed an Officer and Retired Firefighter
ABQ RAW Staff
Posted 3/2/2022 9:40AM
Santa Fe -
New Mexico State Police and the First District Attorney of Santa Fe Mary Carmack-Altwies announced on Saturday that they are charging Jeannie Jaramillo with two counts of first-degree murder, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing law enforcement, and other charges.
After NMSP investigated the deadly crash they discovered that the man at the center of the extensive manhunt never existed.
Jaramillo led Santa Fe Police officers on a chase the wrong way on interstate 25 that led to Santa Fe Police officer Robert Duran and retired firefighter Frank Lovato colliding and killing each other.
In a search warrant filed on Friday it was revealed there was only one person in the car the whole time. Jaramillo had previously claimed she had been kidnapped by a male to a witness.
According to a criminal complaint filed in a Santa Fe court, a Santa Fe Police officer identified as Officer Robert Duran, 43, of Rio Rancho, NM, and the driver of the pickup truck identified as retired Las Vegas, NM firefighter Frank Lovato, 62, of Las Vegas, NM suffered fatal injuries and died in the crash. They were pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The driver in a blue car was transported for non-life-threatening injuries.
The complaint went on to say Duran and Lovato hit each other head on. Duran was the secondary chase vehicle in the pursuit. It goes on to state, Investigations Bureau agents learned the Chevy Malibu driven by Jaramillo was reported stolen from Las Vegas, New Mexico on February 28, 2022. The owner of the vehicle was warming up the Malibu and left the key fob in the vehicle at the time the vehicle was stolen. The key fob for the stolen Chevrolet Malibu was located in the back seat of the Santa Fe Police vehicle which Jaramillo was detained inside immediately after the crash.
After the crash, a female identified as Jeannine Jaramillo 46, of Albuquerque, NM, told officers she was a kidnapping victim. Jaramillo exited the white Chevrolet Malibu and was placed in the back seat of a Santa Fe Police Department Unit while the crash was investigated. She was later transported to a local hospital, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and was later released. According to Jaramillo and witnesses, an unidentified male subject fled the area on foot. He was described only as wearing a red shirt, black pants, and a black jacket by Jaramillo.
In October of 2021 she had a very similar story of being kidnapped. It was revealed in a criminal complaint that she had she stolen a CenturyLink truck in Cibola County. The claims in the Cibola County case were very similar to the claims she made in last weeks crash that killed two people.
The case in Cibola County was dismissed by the prosecution for unknown reasons.
In this case, Jaramillo was charged with Murder in the 1st degree (felony murder), contrary to NMSA 1978 §30-02- 0l(A)(2), or in the alternative; Homicide by vehicle (reckless/evading an officer), contrary NMSA 1978 § 66-8- lOl (D) and (F)
Murder in the 1st degree (felony murder), contrary to NMSA 1978 §30-02- 0l(A)(2), or in the alternative; Homicide by vehicle (reckless/evading an officer), contrary NMSA 1978 § 66-8- lOl (D) and (F)
Receiving or transferring stolen vehicles or motor vehicle (2nd offense), contrary to NMSA 1978 § 30-16D-4A
Aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, contrary to NMSA 1978 § 30-22- 1.1
Tampering with Evidence, contrary to NMSA 1978 § 30-22-5