ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Police say a man has been terrorizing kids in the Northeast Heights, armed with a squirt gun and a camera.
Kevin Jaramillo, 35, is accused of squirting eight people in the eyes and mouth with a strange substance, telling them he was making a video for church and trying to raise money for puppies.
Five kids say he approached them at the Presidio Apartments on Eubank near Academy last week, saying he wanted to film them, then sprayed them. Police say that same week, Jaramillo pushed a 10-year-old to the ground at the Enclave Apartments on Osuna and Eubank, then squirted her with something.
He’s also accused of squirting an 18-year-old woman and telling her it was semen.The woman says the man approached her with a camera attached to a squirt gun. She thought she was helping charity, but had a gut feeling something wasn’t right.
The victim says she was walking home from the store when a man approached her at the corner of Comanche and Eubank. She says, by all accounts, the man seemed normal.
“He was just saying that he was doing some charity work for his church and said they would donate $50 for each person that they caught on camera getting shot with a squirt gun, and since he wasn’t asking for money, I thought, ‘This is easy enough.”I thought it was just going to be a quick shot with a gun,” she says.
The woman says the man told her to say her name and, “I hope I save a dog.” Then she says he shot her with what he says was sugar water.
“He shot me in the face and it wasn’t water,” the woman says.
She told police she asked Jaramillo if the liquid was semen and he said it was, explaining it was all a prank.
“I was in shock, honestly, because I had a weird, gut feeling that this was really sketchy but, he said it was for charity so I didn’t think someone would actually go out of their way to do what he did,” she says.
The victim says her shock quickly turned to anger.
“I was really pissed off. I just picked up my stuff and left, and then I told myself I wasn’t going to let him get away with it. So, I walked back and I was just yelling at him and told him to delete the video,” says the woman.
After it was all over, the woman says she was embarrassed and didn’t want to go to police, but after talking to her friends, she says she knew something had to be done to stop the man. She says she filed a complaint and provided a hair sample to police. A week later, the woman identified Jaramillo from a photo another alleged victim’s boyfriend snapped of the suspect from a similar incident in August.
“I knew right away. He was basically wearing the same thing. He had his sunglasses on when I first met him and he was wearing the same sunglasses in the photo, so I definitely knew it was him,” she says.
Convinced the police have their man, she says she’s relieved, but she’ll think twice next time.
“I’m just not going to be as trusting as I used to be because I thought I was doing something good and it totally just backfired on me,” says the woman.
The woman says she’s willing to testify against Jaramillo if the case goes to trial.
According to the criminal complaint, the other victims told police their eyes burned and their stomachs hurt after Jaramillo allegedly sprayed them in the face.
Police say they’re still conducting tests to see what was in his squirt gun. They’re also investigating whether there are other victims.
Jaramillo is charged with eight counts of child abuse along with kidnapping and indecent exposure charges. He’s being held on a no bond hold. Jaramillo doesn’t have much of a criminal history.