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Ferndale murder suspect’s girlfriend arrested

FERNDALE, Wash. — The Ferndale Police Department, with the assistance of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the Ogden Police Department, arrested Kimberly Trujillo Mendoza, age 21, and charged her with suspicion of 1st degree rendering criminal assistance.

According to a press release from the Ferndale Police Department today, Monday, March 14th, her arrest is associated with a fatal shooting incident on January 23rd outside a gathering in Ferndale.

Miguel Miranda, who was arrested and charged with suspicion of 2nd degree murder, and Trujillo Mendoza are in a dating relationship and have a child in common according to the press release. Witnesses at the gathering reported seeing both at the party together prior to the shooting. 

Traffic cameras captured a photo of Trujillo Mendoza’s vehicle traveling south from Kingman, Arizona on January 24th, which led to Phoenix, Arizona where Miranda was later arrested.

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During a search of Trujillo Mendoza’s vehicle, receipts were located from various businesses in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Phoenix, Arizona area. Using these receipts to further investigate security footage and bank records, investigators were able to verify that Trujillo Mendoza was in fact using the vehicle, along with another person who is believed to be Miranda.

During an interview with investigators, Trujillo Mendoza admitted to driving with Arizona with Miranda. She also admitted to purchasing new phones in Las Vegas, along with other supplies along the way and picking up Miranda in Portland, Oregon following the shooting.

Based on the fact that Trujillo Mendoza assisted Miranda by fleeing the state following a homicide, probable cause exists to charge her with Rendering Criminal Assistance 1st Degree.

Ferndale Police Department press release (March 14, 2022)

According to Whatcom County Jail records, Trujillo Mendoza was booked and released on March 10th.

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