Two Arrested in Murder Investigation:
2/28/18 From Big Spring Police Dept:
On Friday the 23rd of February 2018 at approximately 8:15 A.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 705.5 Abrams in reference to an unattended death. Upon arrival Officers located the deceased identified as Barboza, Jaime Hispanic/Male 47 Years of Age in his bedroom with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Mr. Barboza was initially located by a person whom he had worked with and the person was picking Mr. Barboza up for work. Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers Division personnel responded to the scene and immediately began investigating the murder of Mr. Barboza. Investigators followed numerous leads and physical evidence narrowing the suspects to Mr. Barboza’s girlfriend identified as Brenda Valdivia Hispanic/Female 37 years of age and her son identified as Raul Romo Hispanic/Male 20 years of age.
On Tuesday the 27th of February 2018 Investigators submitted probable cause affidavits to a Magistrate for the arrest of Romo for Murder a 1st Degree Felony and Valdivia for Tampering with Physical Evidence a 3rd Degree Felony. Arrest warrants were issued by the Magistrate at which time Romo and Valdivia were arrested. Both Valdivia and Romo have been booked into the Howard County Detention Center and are pending arraignment.
It is believed that on Wednesday the 21st of February 2018 during the evening hours, both Valdivia and Romo were at Mr. Barboza’s residence (705.5 Abrams) when a verbal altercation occurred. The altercation escalated when Romo retrieved a small caliber handgun and shot Mr. Barboza in the head. Following the shooting it is believed Valdivia drove to an abandoned residence on North Lancaster and hid the handgun. The handgun has been recovered by Investigators and has been identified as a Hi-Standard .22 caliber semi-automatic.
This is an ongoing investigation by the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and there is no further information that can be provided at this time. The Big Spring Police Department thanks the Howard County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers Division for their assistance with this investigation.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon