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For Immediate Release

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October 26, 2012 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Three Murder Related Suspects Arrested in One Week

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.”

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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