BARSTOW – A wanted and dangerous fugitive was located in the City of Barstow on Monday morning authorities said. In an odd turn of events, while the Barstow Police Department’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) Team was attempting to connect homeless people with services and address any law violations related to the homeless community, they located a woman wanted for Capital murder.
Jennifer Janet, a 32-year-old White female from Albuquerque, New Mexico was located during a building check in the 1300 block of East main Street. When the officer arrived, he located a small encampment behind the vacant building. He made contact with the woman there who identified herself as Melissa Western from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The officer conducted a “wants and warrants” check on the name of the woman, but was unable to find anyone with that name in the system.
Authorities found that the woman gave a false name and she was, in fact, Jennifer Janet who was wanted for first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, evidence tampering, and vehicle theft for a September 16, 2015, case. She was taken into custody and transported to the Barstow Station for questioning. Albuquerque authorities were notified of her arrest and she was booked into the Barstow Jail and being held without bail. Janet will be awaiting extradition to New Mexico.
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