Albuquerque, NM – Bernalillo County District Attorney, Raúl Torrez today announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for Luis Antonio Talamantes-Romero for the November 2019 murder of 55-year old Jacqueline Vigil.
Talamantes is charged with an open count of murder, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence, felon in possession of a firearm and larceny. Talamantes, who has been in federal custody in Texas for illegal reentry since January, will be brought into state custody at the conclusion of his federal sentencing.
“This is the first step toward justice,” Torrez said. “Our goal is to secure a conviction for Luis Talamantes and get justice for Jackie Vigil and her family. [Talamantes] needs to be held accountable by this community for taking the life of an extraordinary woman.”
The District Attorney also announced that Isaac Ramirez has been identified as an eyewitness to the murder of Mrs. Vigil and will be required to testify in the trial of Luis Talamantes as a condition of his plea agreement with the State on charges unrelated to the murder.
Special agents with the District Attorney’s Crime Strategies Unit worked on the criminal investigation in collaboration with the Albuquerque Police Department and the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force.
“This was a complicated and difficult investigation and we would not be here today without the cooperation of our partners at the state and federal level,” Torrez said. “The partnerships and the resolve have made this possible.”
Sam Vigil, widower of Jacqueline Vigil, praised the cooperative efforts of the District Attorney’s Office, the Albuquerque Police Department and the FBI in identifying and prosecuting Luis Talamantes.
“The work [across state and federal agencies] is proof that cooperation is essential in being able to solve any problem we might have,” Vigil said. “Thank you all for doing what you do [so] we may be able to get justice for my wife, Jacqueline.”
If convicted, Talamantes could serve life in prison.