ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police have arrested a man in connection with those strange squirt gun incidents in northeast Albuquerque.
Kevin Paul Jaramillo, 35, was arrested Thursday night.
Police have been looking for Jaramillo for weeks after reports from several young girls about a guy going around with a camera asking if he can videotape them while spraying them with a squirt gun. According to a complaint, Jarmillo admitted to squirting a victim with semen. Police say he even exposed himself and got violent with some of his victims.
APD kept details of this spraying spree close to the vest while they were looking for Jaramillo. Now that they’ve found him, KRQE News 13 has learned a lot more about a bizarre string of crimes.
A little more than a week ago, police say Jaramillo was lurking outside the Presidio Apartments in the Northeast Heights.
According to a criminal complaint, Jaramillo approached five kids with a camera and a spray bottle claiming he was making a video for his church. He then sprayed them in the face with a mystery substance.
The complaint says he then lured a 9-year-old girl behind a dumpster and exposed himself. She ran away screaming.
The next day, investigators say Jaramillo came up to an 18-year-old woman at a nearby eye clinic, making the same claims about a church fundraiser while holding a squirt gun with a camera attached. The victim told police Jaramillo sprayed her in the face and when she confronted him about what the liquid was, he told her it was semen.
The complaint says Jaramillo’s violent behavior escalated the next day when he approached two kids at this apartment complex near Eubank and Osuna.
A 10-year-old girl says Jaramillo asked the two to play a game so he could “raise money to save puppies.” When the kids said they didn’t want to play, Jaramillo grabbed the girl’s arm and shoved her to the ground.
The victim told investigators Jaramillo sprayed her in the face with the squirt gun and pushed her again when she tried to get away.
Police aren’t saying what the substance he was spraying is, but the victims who were sprayed are complaining about burning eyes and stomach pain.
So, how did police crack the case? A picture was taken by the boyfriend of another victim allegedly sprayed by Jaramillo in August of last year.
Someone saw that picture on the news and identified Jaramillo for police.
Jaramillo doesn’t have much of a criminal history. He’s now charged with eight counts of child abuse and is on a no-bond hold.
One of the victims spoke about what happened when she was approached by Jaramillo. Her story will air at 5:30 p.m.