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Metro 15 Offender, Murder Suspect, Arrested in OK

Police in Oklahoma arrested New Mexico murder suspect Morgan Stacey Ramirez.

July 9, 2020

Police in Oklahoma arrested New Mexico murder suspect Morgan Stacey Ramirez, who had been on APD’s Metro 15 List because she was thought to have been staying in Albuquerque.

Ramirez, 28, was originally arrested in connection to the 2018 murder during a robbery at a Smith’s in Edgewood. She was one of seven suspects arrested for the crime, but she was released until her trial. She cut off her GPS ankle monitor and State Police issued a warrant for her arrest.

Law enforcement officials thought she might be living in Southeast Albuquerque, and APD added her to the Metro 15 list in December 2019.

Ramirez was arrested today by the Weatherford Police Department, and she is being held in Custer County, Arapaho, OK.

Ramirez faces the following charges in New Mexico:

  • First Degree Murder (Felony Murder)
  • Conspiracy Resulted in Death
  • Armed Robbery
  • Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery
  • Tampering with Evidence (Highest Crime a Capital, First or Second Degree Felony)
  • Tampering with Evidence (Highest Crime a Capital, First or Second Degree Felony)
  • Tampering with Evidence (Highest Crime a Capital, First or Second Degree Felony)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Tampering with Evidence (Capital Crime or 1st or 2nd Degree Felony)
  • Forgery - Issue or Transfer ($2,500 or Less)
  • Theft of Identity X2
  • Receiving or Transferring Stolen Motor Vehicles (1st Offense)
  • Theft of Identity X4
  • Escape from a Community Custody Release Program (Felony)

A total of 43 offenders have been arrested since the Metro 15 operation began. The Metro 15 Operation is a targeted component of Mayor Keller’s Violence Intervention Program – a proactive effort to attack violent crime from all sides.

The Metro 15 is a working list of the top 15 violent crime offenders in Albuquerque identified by the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, the state Office of Superintendent of Insurance, and APD.