Farmington man accused of carjacking at Animas Valley Mall
Suspect was sentenced to 10 years for separate crime
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man convicted of an armed robbery earlier this year is accused of carjacking a woman at the Animas Valley Mall last year.
Timothy Jaramillo, 30, is accused of a second-degree felony count of armed robbery, according to court records.
He is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint on Oct. 2, 2017, in the mall parking lot and stealing her vehicle, according to court documents.
Jaramillo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for armed robbery and aggravated battery convictions, according to The Daily Times archives.
The armed robbery conviction stems from Jaramillo stealing a vehicle and battering the driver on Sept. 16, 2017, at the Bubble City Truck Stop at 3123 Bloomfield Highway.
Jaramillo, a passenger in the vehicle, grabbed the victim from behind and punched him in the face multiple times with brass knuckles. He stole the vehicle after the driver sought help from an Bubble City employee.
The new case was filed on Sept. 14 in Farmington Magistrate Court.
A Farmington Police Department officer was dispatched to the mall around 1:58 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2017, on a report of an armed robbery of a motor vehicle, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The female victim told the officer she was sitting in her 2007 Chrysler Sebring when a suspect later identified as Jaramillo allegedly approached her vehicle. The victim told the officer the man was wearing black, including a black mask that covered part of his face.
Jaramillo allegedly told the woman to exit the vehicle, and leave her purse and phone, then walk away and not look back.
The victim got out of the vehicle and Jaramillo allegedly drove away in the vehicle.
The vehicle was recovered on Oct. 4, 2017, when it was observed parked outside a residence in the 1200 block of East Murray Drive. Officers went to the residence and found Jaramillo outside, where he was taken into custody on an arrest warrant.
The affidavit describes a year-long investigation into the case.
A relative of Jaramillo's told police Jaramillo stayed at her residence and drove a gray passenger car with dark, tinted windows. Jaramillo allegedly stated he had borrowed it from a friend.
A woman described as Jaramillo's wife was given a purse from Jaramillo's mother that had a vehicle insurance card for the victim inside, according to court documents.
A search warrant for phone calls and text messages from the stolen phone was obtained, and a review of the phone calls made from the stolen phone was performed.
One of the numbers called from the phone was Jaramillo's girlfriend at the time. Another call was made to her employer, and one call was made to Jaramillo's uncle.
A DNA lab report received on Aug. 29 stated there was an insufficient quantity of DNA in the sample to perform any comparisons. Investigators had obtained the DNA sample from the vehicle's steering wheel
San Juan County chief deputy district attorney Dustin O'Brien said the DA's Office will request that Jaramillo be transferred to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center to prosecute the case.
He is serving his prison sentence in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
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.