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Mirta Romanos arrested for helping to cover up Savanah Soto’s murder (PHOTOS)

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Mirta Romanos arrested (Photo: San Antonio Police Department)
  • Mirta Romanos arrested in Texas.
  • She’s accused of helping cover up Savanah Soto’s murder.
  • She is also the main suspect’s stepmother.

Mirta Romanos was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for helping to cover up the murder of pregnant teen Savanah Soto and her boyfriend, Matthew Guerra.

According to authorities, Mirta Romanos, 49, faces charges of tampering with criminal evidence and tampering with corpses.

Detectives from the Homicide Division arrested Mirta Romanos at her home on the afternoon of Wednesday January 10, 2024 without incident.

Mirta Romanos is the wife of Ramón Preciado, 53, and stepmother of Christopher Preciado, 19. She is also the owner of the weapon that was used in the double murder.

Mirta Romanos is arrested in connection with Savanah Soto’s murder

Mirta Romanos, Savanah Soto, Matthew Guerra, Christopher Preciado, Román Preciado
Mirta Ramos / PHOTO: San Antonio Police Department

San Antonio Police (SAPD) detailed in a press conference that they obtained surveillance videos that linked Mirta Romanos to the crime.

Detectives from the Homicide Division offered details on the woman’s arrest.

According to SAPD officers, they always knew that perhaps there was a third person involved in the case, but they did not make it public it so as not to alert her.

There is video evidence that places Mirta Ramos at the scene where Savanah Soto and Matthew Guerra were found.

Video evidence confirms her role in the murders

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Matthew Guerra and Savanah Soto / PHOTO: Taken from GoFundMe

According to SAPD detectives, they recovered other videos on the morning of Wednesday January 10, 2024 that show Ramos’ role in the brutal crime.

Police obtained security footage in which Mirta Romanos can be seen getting in her husband Ramón Preciado’s truck on the night of the attack.

On the morning of that freezing Wednesday in January, detectives from the Homicide Division of the SAPD raided Mirta Romanos’ house and seized even more evidence.

From the moment the SAPD officers entered her home, Mirta Romanos has refused to speak and has taken advantage of her right to remain silent.

The murders were the result of a drug deal gone wrong

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Christopher Preciado and Ramón Preciado / PHOTO: San Antonio Police Department

Savanah Soto, 18, and her boyfriend Matthew Guerra, 22, were found murdered in a Kia Optima on Tuesday, December 26, 2023.

According to the authorities, the brutal murders of Savanah Soto and Matthew Guerra occurred at some point on Tuesday, December 21, 2023.

Authorities did not reveal where they were murdered — it’s believed they were carrying out a drug transaction with Christopher Preciado.

A source revealed to MundoNow that when the SAPD officers arrived at Ramón Preciado’s house, he said «I know why they are here.»

Christopher Preciado and Ramón Preciado were arrested first

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Scene from the place where Savanah Soto and Matthew Guerra bodies were found / PHOTO: San Antonio Police Department

Washington Moscoso, of the SAPD Homicide Division, led the press conference after the arrest.

At nearly midnight on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, Ramón Preciado and Christopher Preciado were arrested for the murders.

SAPD detectives stated that Christopher Preciado killed Savanah Soto and Matthew Guerra and then asked his parents for help to cover it up.

It’s believed the incident began with a drug deal.

Federal authorities assisted in the investigation

William McManus, Chief of Police, San Antonio Police Department, Texas, MundoNOW

Chief William McManus / PHOTO: San Antonio Police Department

SAPD Chief William McManus described illicit activities Savanah Soto and Matthew Guerra were involved in.

According to McManus, there was evidence on Savanah Soto’s cell phone of their drug transactions.

The SAPD officers had assistance from the Secret Service in Texas who have jurisdiction to access phone records.

Those records were the main evidence that led to the arrests of Ramón Preciado, Christopher Preciado and Mirta Romanos.

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