ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - From wedding bells to jail cells, a New Mexico newlywed said his vows and then was taken down by U.S. Marshals as he was headed to consummate his marriage.
Daniel Jojola knew he was wanted, in fact that's why he drove to another city to get married, but when he came back home to celebrate the U.S. Marshals were waiting.
Jojola and his new bride Yvonne Martinez spent Monday morning planning their future.
"They drive over to Carrizozo and they get married in Carrizozo with his wife his new wife," said Deputy Marshal James Badway.
This isn't a wedding story; see Jojola is a well known gang banging troublemaker.
"He had a history of burglary and trafficking methamphetamine," said Badway. "Chihuahuaitas and also I believe Eastside San Jose of the Roswell area…It's a violent gang."
Jojola was wanted for violating his probation. When he and his new bride returned to their hometown of Roswell to spend some quiet post-wedding time together at a friend's house he was trying to keep a low profile.
"The bride got out of the car and started to look around to make sure no one was watching and then she kind of covered him as they went into the house," said Badway. "At that point deputies were able to observe tattoos on the neck and on the body."
Those tattoos, including "Roswell" over one of his eyebrows, gave him away and Marshals moved in.
"As they were knocking on the door they could hear someone going out the back of the house running through the house and out the back," said Badway.
Marshals were waiting out back and nabbed him along with his party favors. He had meth on him and a nine-millimeter. The feds are charging him now with being a felon in possession of a firearm on top of his state charges.
Both Jojola and his wife told deputies their wedding day had already gone downhill before his arrest.
"They spent most of the day after they got married fighting," said Badway.
Turns out Jojola's bride, Yvonne Martinez, is also a gang member. We've learned she's in charge of all the females in the gang. She also has a criminal history and goes before a judge next week on drug charges.
This was a family affair. While looking for Jojola officers also arrested his sister and brother for outstanding warrants not related to his case.
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