Alamosa man arrested on several charges after crashing stolen vehicle, killing one

William Marquez / Walsenburg Police Department
William Marquez / Walsenburg Police Department

WALSENBURG, Colo. — A man was arrested on several unrelated charges after he crashed a stolen vehicle last week, killing a Littleton woman.

Walsenburg police said William Marquez, 34, of Alamosa is accused of attempted second-degree murder for shooting Daniel Montez on November 10, among other charges.

Troopers apprehended Marquez on November 11 after a fatal car crash in Chaffee County. Troopers said Marquez was driving a stolen BMW on Chaffee County Road 191 when he failed to negotiate a curve. The car went off the road and rolled three times. The front passenger, 33-year-old Melissa Jaramillo of Littleton, was ejected and died on the scene.

Three men who were in the car, including Marquez, ran from the scene. Troopers apprehended Marquez, but have not found the other two.

Marquez is now facing charges from three different law enforcement agencies. He’s being charged in Chaffee County for criminal impersonation, because, authorities say, he lied to officers during the crash investigation.

He is also facing escape charges from the Alamosa Police Department and the Department of Corrections, because he walked away from a halfway house in Alamosa, according to authorities.

In Walsenburg, he’s facing charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, robbery, menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and theft.

Troopers said Jaramillo was also involved in the Walsenburg shooting.

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