Albuquerque, NM - Deputies and Task
Force Officers assigned to the United States Marshals Service Southwest
Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force have arrested their third
Homicide related fugitive late Thursday evening.
Last Friday October 19, Deputies and Task Force Officers arrested Deborah
Jaramillo in Durango Co. for her alleged involvement in the “Convent” fire
and murder in Taos, NM. Then on Thursday October 25th SWIFT Task Force
members arrested William AKA “Boxcar Red” Smith in Santa Fe NM, who was also
allegedly involved in the “Convent” fire and murder in Taos along with
Jaramillo. Also Thursday while Deputies where on the trail of “Boxcar Red”
in Santa Fe, Deputies here in the Albuquerque area were receiving
information on attempted murder suspect from California Tuan Tran. Tran was
wanted by investigators in CA for allegedly shooting a man in the face and
fleeing across several states.
Jaramillo was arrested by U.S. Marshals Service Deputies and Task Force
officers from New Mexico and Colorado after receiving information Jaramillo
had been seen hitchhiking from the New Mexico state line into Colorado.
Jaramillo believed to be a transient was last seen on Hwy. 550 headed into
Durango on Friday October 19 and Deputies quickly began a search of the area
and enlisted the help of their fellow Marshal Service Deputies in Colorado.
Knowing that if Jaramillo was indeed a transient Deputies quickly devised a
plan to locate her. Part of that plan was having one of the Task Force
Officers Volunteer at a local soup kitchen to lie in wait for Jaramillo in
case she decided to seek refuge at the shelter. As luck would have it
Jaramillo entered the soup kitchen and The Task Force Officer from San Juan
County Sheriff’s Office quickly recognized her and called for additional
assistance from the New Mexico U.S. Marshals Service Deputies, the Durango
Police Department, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, and Durango Deputy U.S.
Marshals. Jaramillo was arrested without incident and booked in La Plata
County Pending her Extradition.
William “Boxcar Red” Smith was arrested in Santa Fe after receiving
information that he was in Santa Fe getting ready to possibly illegally
board a train and go on the run. Smith allegedly helped Jaramillo murder
Christopher Payton in August of 2012. After the arrest of Jaramillo
Investigators and Task Force Officers developed information Smith was in
Santa Fe and found him in a residence they believed he was hiding and booked
him into the Santa Fe County Detention Center.
Tran was allegedly involved in a shooting that occurred September 21st
outside a coffee shop in Westminster, California. Investigators believe Tran
shot the victim in the face with a semiautomatic handgun, but the Victim is
expected to live. Tran a truck driver by trade went on the run. The case was
then referred to the U.S. Marshals Service in CA. CA Deputies and TFO’s
developed information and believed Tran to be in New Mexico. Tran a member
of the "V" gang, which is violent Vietnamese gang in CA was believed to be
armed and dangerous. NM Deputies with Marshals Service SWIFT Task Force
tracked down Tran and found him hiding at the Sandia Resort and Casino where
he was arrested without incident and booked into the Bernalillo County
Metropolitan Detention Center.
United States Marshal Conrad E. Candelaria said “a theme repeated again and
again, Deputy United States Marshals in partnership with local, county,
state, federal and tribal police agencies banding together to pursue and
arrest dangerous and violent criminals, regardless of where they might
attempt to elude law enforcement. The versatility of the Task Forces that
comprise the Marshals Service is effective and efficient because a universal
banner of partnership and cooperation is the driving force towards the
pursuit of wanted violent fugitives and as a result our many communities are
safer; in these latest arrests of three dangerous fugitives, the District of
New Mexico Marshals Service Task Force and its many law enforcement partners
has proven once again the perseverance to pursue justice.”
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