ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque police believe a purple Mazda sport utility vehicle, stolen from an Albuquerque couple in May, is the same one used in the hit and run death of a 46-year old man.
Investigators say 14-year-old Matthew Jaramillo confessed to stealing, then using the SUV in question to run down Richard Sisneros on May 25.
Jaramillo said he had picked up a prostitute on Central Avenue, then went to a parking lot near Chico and Virginia in northeast Albuquerque. It was there that he said Sisneros told him to leave and stood in front of the vehicle. Jaramillo told detectives that he ran over Sisneros three times and dragged him to his death.
Police returned the SUV to its unidentified owners prior to learning it’s ties to Sisneros’ death. It has since been recovered by investigators to inspect it for more evidence linking it to the crime.
The couple told police it appears the thief tried to disguise the vehicle by painting the wheels and rear area. They also said they discovered discarded syringes inside the SUV.
Jaramillio is now charged with murder for hitting and killing Richard Sisneros. He’s also facing charges of car theft.
If he’s convicted, Jaramillo cannot be sentenced as an adult because he’s only 14-years old. That means the most he can get is a stay in juvenile jail until he’s 21.