Farmington women await extradition for kidnapping charge
Kristen "Kriste" Aragon, Melissa Goelz face felony charges
- Kristen "Kriste" Aragon, 35, and Melissa Goelz, 29, are accused of felony counts of kidnapping of a child and lewd or indecent proposal to a minor.
- The extradition of the two women to Oklahoma was ordered by Farmington Magistrate Judge Pat Cordell during a hearing on the morning of May 7.
- The juvenile male told the FBI special agent that Aragon had told him she lived 30 minutes away from his residence.
FARMINGTON — Two Farmington woman are awaiting extradition to Oklahoma after being accused of kidnapping and molesting a juvenile male they contacted through an online gaming service.
Kristen "Kriste" Aragon, 35, and Melissa Goelz, 29, were taken into custody by officers for the Farmington Police Department around 2 a.m. on April 17 at a residence in the 1200 block of South Butler Avenue, according to court documents.
The two women are accused of felony counts of kidnapping of a child and lewd or indecent proposal to a minor.
Aragon and Goelz are accusing of driving from Farmington to the residence of a 14-year-old male outside of McAlester in southeastern Oklahoma and taking the juvenile male to Aragon's residence in Farmington, according to Aragon's arrest warrant affidavit.
While en route to Farmington, Aragon is accused of molesting the juvenile male in the vehicle and performing oral sex on him.
The arrest warrants for Goelz and Aragon were signed by a district judge for the 18th Judicial District in Oklahoma on May 4, according to copies of the warrants.
The extradition of the two women to Oklahoma was ordered by Farmington Magistrate Judge Pat Cordell during a hearing on the morning of May 7, according to court documents.
Both women were detained pending extradition at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon.
The Farmington Police Department assisted in the investigation launched by the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office based in McAlester with help from the FBI, according to Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe.
When asked why Farmington police didn't announce the apprehension of the two suspects, Hebbe said the department didn't know the extent of the FBI's case against the two women.
He added Farmington police were proud to support the FBI and safely recovered the juvenile male but the department didn't want to damage the investigation and possibly put other victims at risk.
The investigation was launched when the father of the juvenile male contacted the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office around 6 p.m. on April 16 stating his son was missing when the father returned home from work.
The Farmington Police Department was contacted by the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office later that day.
Call log information from the juvenile male's phone showed several calls to a phone number with a 505 area code later determined to be Aragon's phone, according to court documents. The same phone number was tied to a Facebook page for Kriste's Chocolate Factory.
Farmington Police Department officers verified an address in the 1200 block of South Butler Avenue for Aragon and started surveillance on the residence.
The detective for the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office was able to track Aragon's phone, receiving pings every 15 minutes as it traveled from Albuquerque to Farmington.
Goelz and Aragon were taken into custody when Farmington police intercepted the vehicle at Aragon's residence.
During an interview with an FBI special agent on April 17, the juvenile male said he had been communicating and playing video games online with Aragon on an Xbox video game console. Goelz also allegedly played video games online with the juvenile male.
Aragon allegedly asked the juvenile male for his phone number, and they started sending text messages to each other.
The juvenile male told the FBI special agent that Aragon had told him she lived 30 minutes away from his residence, and he didn't know she lived in New Mexico when he got into the car with her.
During the drive, Aragon allegedly ordered the juvenile male to reset his phone, remove the SIM card and throw it out the window of the vehicle, according to court documents.
The affidavit states the FBI special agent who conducted the interview is reviewing the case for possible federal charges.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.