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Jonathon Armijo’s wife Leah Armijo arrested; Trinidad, Colorado’s Diego Hurtado, Ron Garcia survive explosions

Leah Marie Armijo (©Trinidad Police Department)
Leah Marie Armijo (©Trinidad Police Department)

Leah Marie Armijo, 28, of Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado, United States has been arrested. She was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree conspiracy to commit assault, possession or use of an explosive or incendiary device and conspiracy to commit possession of use of the explosive or incendiary device.

Armijo is accused of helping her husband Jonathon Ryan Armijo, 26, who is accused of planting explosive devices in Trinidad. She allegedly wrote a note on a box that read, “Sissy Mom + Dad’s rings! DO NOT LOSE! See you at the wedding!”

Jonathon allegedly sent the box, which contained an explosive device, to the Trinidad Apartments on East North Avenue in Trinidad. At around 1:00 a.m. on February 8, 2021, Diego Hurtado, 22, picked up the box in a parking lot on East North Avenue and walked with it.

There was an explosion when Hurtado opened the box near the apartment complex office. He suffered severe injuries including a severe facial injury, a puncture wound to his chest and the loss of most of his left hand’s fingers, according to 9 News.

Hurtado was taken to Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad. He was later transported to UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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The Trinidad Police Department also found out that Jonathon previously sent Ron Garcia a box that contained an explosive device. The box exploded after the latter opened the box in a camper trailer parked at the Trinidad Walmart on February 5, 2021.

Garcia told KOAA that he bought a guitar from Jonathon in 2020. The latter went to the camper trailer of the former to get the payment for the guitar but was not able to get it.

“I knew that kid when he was little,” Garcia said of Jonathon. “He was just a little kid. I worked for his father.”

On April 8, 2021, Trinidad Police Department officers arrested Leah on East Strong Avenue in Trinidad. She posted a $45,000 bond on the same day, KKTV reported.

At 3:00 p.m. on April 12, 2021, officers pulled Jonathon over on a traffic violation. Taken into custody, he told the officers that he purchased the components needed to build the two explosive devices that exploded in February 2021 in Trinidad and built one of them at his father’s house in Trinidad.

Held on a $500,000 bond at the Trinidad jail, Jonathon was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of potential use of explosives or incendiary devices.

Joseph John Romero, 40, is a person of interest in the two explosions. When Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents located him on March 2, 2021, he provided officers the location of an explosive device in a rural area outside of Trinidad, which was later detonated, CBS Denver reported.

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