Bosque Farms police arrests two armed felons

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Two masked men were caught lurking on a Bosque Farms ditchbank last week, but were quickly arrested thanks to a watchful resident.

A concerned citizen called the Bosque Farms police on Thursday, Sept. 21, saying he had seen two suspicious men walking on the ditch near Country Lane.

Bosque Farms Capt. David Gallegos said when officers arrived in the area, they learned that the men had been in the backyard of a nearby house with masks on their faces. Gallegos said as they were walking toward the house, they were seen pulling a shotgun out of a duffle bag.

The captain said the two men, who were arrested and identified as 40-year-old Randy Romero, of Belen, and Andrew Jaramillo Sr., 33, of Los Lunas, were scared away by the resident.

"It looks like they may have been planning a violent home invasion or robbery," said Bosque Farms Sgt. Dawne Roberto. "The duffle bag contained several items, including a rope."

Both men are charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to commit a violent felony, attempt to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and conspiracy to commit possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both are being held in the Valencia County Detention Center on a $200,000 cash-only bond each.

Bosque Farms Police Chief Greg Jones said that his officers are very skilled and well trained.

"Incidents like this that could have turned very dangerous are some of the reasons why we train so hard," Jones said. "Once again, we were lucky to be able to resolve a very serious crime without anyone getting injured."

The police chief said this case is a great example why citizens should immediately report things that are suspicious.

"I hate to think about what might have happened had these two guys gained access to a house," he said.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.


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