Murder suspect in custody; claims it was an accident
Valencia County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man they say shot and killed his girlfriend Wednesday night.
Joseph Bibiano, 19, of Los Lunas, is being held in the Valencia County Detention Center on a $1 million cash-only bond on an open count of murder
Bibiano, who is charged with the shooting death of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Desiree Schiffli, told reporters while being taken to jail that the shooting was an “accident” and that Schiffli had been hitting him while he had his gun in his hand.
“I (expletive) loved her,” Bibiano said crying as he was being escorted by sheriff’s deputies. “I’m sorry.”
Deputies took Bibiano into custody about 1 p.m. today on James Road in Belen. Sheriff’s Lt. John Gordan said Bibiano was taken into custody without incident.
Valencia County Sheriff’s Capt. Gary Hall said deputies were called to the Sycamore Village Apartments on Mountain Laurel at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night. He said when deputies arrived, the suspect had fled in a white Ford Taurus.
“When we arrived on scene, a witness said he was walking through the apartment complex when he noticed an individual standing at a doorway,” Hall said. “(The witness) knew (Joseph Bibiano) and stopped and talked to him for a little bit.”
The lieutenant said as the witness was talking to Bibiano, he noticed a female laying on the floor inside the apartment. The witness asked Bibiano what was wrong and if she was OK.
“Bibiano told him, ‘I killed her,’” Hall said.
That’s when the witness called 911, but before deputies arrived, the suspect got into a car and left the area. Hall said the vehicle, which belonged to Schiffli, was found abandoned near Ann Parish Elementary Thursday morning.
When asked if deputies had any dealings with the couple or Bibiano in the past, Hall said there have been calls to the couple’s apartment regarding domestic issues, but no criminal charges had been pursued by either party.
Bibiano also said he had been dating Schiffli for three months, and Gordon said the couple had been living together for one month.
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