Authorities arrest suspect in double murder

Authorities arrest suspect in double murder

Authorities on Wednesday arrested a suspect accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her son earlier this week.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Several agencies worked together to arrest a suspect accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and her 15-year-old son in Santa Fe. 

Jose “Adrian” Roman is in police custody after barricading himself inside a home in Albuquerque.

Police identified his ex-girlfriend as Carmen Navarrete. Roman is accused of killing Navarrete and her 15-year-old son Monday night in Santa Fe.

Roman was on the run for about 37 hours. Police caught up to him Wednesday morning near Central Avenue and 98th Street.

Officials with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office say they worked with New Mexico State Police and the Albuquerque Police Department to arrest him.

They also say Santa Fe Police helped during the initial investigation.

Navarrete already had a temporary protective order against Roman, which she filed last week. Court documents filed on November 1 also detail a warrant for Roman’s arrest.

The affidavit includes charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and intimidation of a witness.

“He did get into a domestic violence situation in Albuquerque. We had an active warrant at this time for domestic violence. So that wasn’t enough to deter him from doing what he did to pursuing violence against the victim,” said Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza. 

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, APD received a warning from Roman’s son. He warned his father had taken a shotgun and might be on his way to harm Navarrete.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the home on Prince of Peace. There, they found Navarrete and her son shot to death.

They saw Roman leaving the house in a white pickup truck. After a short chase, Roman drove off-road and ran away.

Neighbors, who live near the home on Prince of Peace, told KOB 4 they feel safer now that Roman is behind bars.

Roman will make his first court appearance Friday.