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Shooting suspect found by GPS, arrested

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A suspect in a Tuesday shooting that left two men injured was arrested Wednesday.

Julian Roman Ibarra (Submitted Photo)

Julian Roman Ibarra, 21, was taken into custody at about 5:45 p.m. when a 2016 blue Ford pickup he was driving was stopped by Roswell Police on U.S. 285 just south of the city, according to a news release issued Thursday from the Roswell Police Department.

Ibarra faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

The pickup Ibarra was driving when he was arrested is believed to have been the same one used in the shooting, the release states.

Police were able to find Ibarra’s location as he was heading into Roswell by using GPS tracking technology installed on the pickup he was driving, according to an affidavit filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court Thursday.

After he was detained, Ibarra was transported to the Roswell Police Department where he was interviewed and formally arrested later that night, according to the release.

A list of inmates booked at the Chaves County Detention Center states Ibarra was booked at the center at 12:28 a.m. Thursday.

The charges against Ibarra stem from an incident Tuesday at about 10 p.m. in the 800 block of West Tilden Street where someone fired shots from a pickup truck at a 41-year-old man and the man’s 20-year-old son.

According to the affidavit, the 41-year-old male sustained a gunshot wound to his left cheek and was subsequently treated at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. The man’s son sustained a minor injury to his left elbow.

Multiple shots were heard within the vicinity at the time of the shooting, including by police officers who, at the time, were several blocks away.

The affidavit states the 41-year-old victim said that he believed a co-worker at the construction company he works for was responsible for the shooting. The younger victim later told investigators he believed the truck from which the gunfire had come was a work truck driven by Ibarra and that the company has GPS tracking devices used on all their vehicles.

A supervisor with the Artesia company then provided information on the vehicle assigned to Ibarra as well as the vehicle’s GPS history from the night of the shooting, according to the affidavit.

Information from the vehicle’s GPS history showed the company pickup driven by Ibarra was in the area of the 800 block of Tilden Street at around the time the shooting happened Tuesday. The pickup was then parked outside of a 1200 block of West Summit Street home for the rest of the night, which the company had on file as Ibarra’s home address.

Though Ibarra admitted to driving the truck the night of the shooting, when asked by police if he was aware “his work truck was equipped with a vehicle tracker and confronted with the information that his truck was at the location of the shooting on Tilden, he became upset and refused to speak any more without his lawyer,” according to the affidavit.

A petition for pretrial preventive detention was filed by the Chaves County District Attorney’s office in 5th Judicial District Court. If the motion is granted by a judge at a hearing, Ibarra could continue to be held without bond pending trial if it is shown that no reasonable conditions of release could ensure the safety of the victims and other people within the community.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.