Thursday, April 1, 2010

Veguita Woman Arrested After Shooting

By John Larson

VEGUITA – Jessica Granados, 24, of Veguita was arrested Sunday, Mar. 28, after a domestic violence incident ended in a shooting.
According to a press release from New Mexico State Police, officers from the Socorro State Police office were summoned to investigate a domestic violence incident off Highway 304 in Veguita Saturday, Mar. 27, just after 9 p.m.
The victim, Jason Barraza, had reported to State Police that Granados was his girlfriend, and that she had shot him with a .22 caliber revolver. Barraza was taken to be treated at University of New Mexico Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
According to the criminal complaint filed with Magistrate Court, Socorro County Sheriff Phillip Montoya along with Deputies Larry Smith, Casey Spurgin, William Armijo, and James Nance, were first on the scene.
The report said Montoya cleared the inside of the residence in order to preserve life and ensure safety of the scene. There was no one in the home at that time, but Montoya observed “a chair broken into several pieces on the kitchen floor,” and “what appeared to be drag marks of blood in the hallway going to the rear exit of the residence.”
Officers and Agents with the State Police quickly worked to locate the suspect identified as Jessica Granados, 24, after learning of the domestic dispute she was involved in with several family members. The dispute turned into Granados obtaining a handgun and shooting her boyfriend twice and threatening to shoot Barraza’s mother before fleeing the residence.
In a statement with law enforcement officers, Barraza said he and his girlfriend, Granados, were having a birthday party at their house for one of their children. An argument in the kitchen between Barraza’s mother and Granados escalated into shoving.
Barraza stated in the report that Granados then went into a bedroom and returned brandishing the pistol, and shot him in his left hip. He fell to the kitchen floor and Granados then shot him a second time, hitting his left thigh.
After fleeing the residence with their two children, Granados learned that State Police had compiled enough facts in the case and had entered her as a wanted felon. By 3 a.m., Granados turned herself into the Los Lunas State Police office with the handgun used in the shooting. Granados was transported back to Socorro County, booked into the Socorro County Detention Center, and charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member with Great Bodily Harm and one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Socorro County Under Sheriff Les Torres said Wednesday Granados has been released from custody on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.
As of press time Wednesday, Granados’ preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court has not been scheduled.

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