Man pleads guilty to attempted murder following bombings in Trinidad
TRINIDAD, Colo. (KKTV) -
UPDATE (12/3): The man accused in multiple explosions in Trinidad earlier this year has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.
Court records show that Jonathon Armijo pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder after deliberation, the most serious of the six charges he was facing for the February crimes. The other charges have been dropped, the records also show.
The bombings injured two people, including one who lost and hand and suffered burns all over his face. Click here to read an interview with his family over the harrowing ordeal.
Police said the bombs were left outside an apartment complex and in the Walmart parking lot.
Previous coverage, including Armijo’s arrest affidavit, can be found below.
PREVIOUS (2/10): Court documents obtained by 11 News for Jonathon Armijo say he was involved in two reported explosions in Trinidad over the past few days.
According to the court documents, the Trinidad Communications Center received reports around 1:30 Monday morning saying, “Trinidad Apartments, a box went off and there are severe injuries.”
When officers responded to the Trinidad Apartments near Rosita and North Avenue, they saw a man with severe injuries in the parking lot. That man was identified by Trinidad Police as Diego Hurtado.
Witnesses reportedly told officers Hurtado found a wooden box in the parking lot with a note on top saying “Sissy mom and dad’s rings! DO NOT LOSE! See you at the wedding!” Hurtado reportedly carried the box the wooden box through the parking lot and then opened it near the office of the complex, where it exploded.
Hurtado was taken to Mt. San Rafael Hospital and then transported to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs with serious injuries.
According to the affidavit, officers on scene reported seeing Armijo in the area after the explosion happened. They reportedly asked him if he saw anything, and he told officers his girlfriend called him over after the explosion occurred.
Law enforcement began to search the area near the apartments for evidence, and found bags with multiple latex gloves, medical gauze, and some packaging for “mini clear containers,” along with a receipt with Armijo’s name on it.
Officers were also able to connect Armijo to the explosion that happened Feb. 5 in a camper trailer parked at the Trinidad Walmart. According to the arrest papers, Ron Garcia was the victim involved and sustained serious injuries to his face. Garcia reportedly told officers he left his camper at about noon on Friday, and when he returned, he saw a small tan box sitting underneath the trailer near the steps. Garcia reportedly picked up the box to see what it was, saw a pink symbol on the top, and took it inside the trailer. Garcia told officers the box was hard to open, so he got a tool and forced it open. That’s when it exploded.
Officers pulled Armijo over on a traffic violation around 3 p.m. Monday and took him into questioning. That’s when court documents state Armijo admitted to purchasing the components needed to build the explosive devices and built one of them at his father’s home in Trinidad.
Armijo reportedly told officers he was familiar with the first victim, Ron Garcia, because he sold him a guitar but was never paid.
Armijo is currently being held on a $500,000 bond at the Trinidad jail. He is facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of potential use of explosives or incendiary devices.
Court documents also state Armijo has been known and previously arrested for setting booby traps at his home that were rigged to kill or wound animals.
You can view the arrest papers at the bottom of this article.
All Things 81082 dug deeper into his criminal history and found that he was arrested on two new charges of second-degree burglary and theft:
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