Lawsuit against Washington County claims GPS tracking error led to murder and suicide in 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than a year has passed since officials said a man committed a murder-suicide in his wife's home, but a new lawsuit claims the crime could have been prevented with proper GPS tracking can.

In October 2022, Carlos Jimenez-Vargas was charged with domestic violence against his wife Gabriela Jimenez and released with an ankle monitor to await an upcoming trial. A month later, according to officials, he entered his wife's home where he shot his wife and her sister Lenin Rosa before turning the gun on himself.

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A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Hernandez-Rosa family alleges that Washington County and Vigilnet America, the company in charge of the county's GPS monitoring system, failed to determine Jimenez-Vargas' location – ultimately leading to the disastrous committed crimes.

“As a direct result of the defendants’ actions and omissions set forth above, Ms. Rosas was shot and suffered a painful death as a result of the defendants’ failures,” the lawsuit states. “Her estate was denied her love, companionship and companionship.”

Officials said Jimenez-Vargas was at his wife's home for 14 minutes two days before the murders without the surveillance system setting off an alarm. On the night of her death, he was at home for 50 minutes without the county's knowledge.

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The lawsuit alleges that the county failed to provide Jimenez's home address to Vigilnet America as a “restricted zone/address,” which resulted in Jimenez-Vargas being unable to enter her home without notifying authorities.

At the time of his death, Jimenez-Vargas was facing multiple domestic violence charges against his wife – including unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm constituting domestic violence, strangulation constituting domestic violence, and fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence. and threatening domestic violence.

But without the exclusion address, the lawsuit says “the electronic monitoring of Carlos Jimenez Vargas was rendered useless,” adding that Washington County and Vigilnet America were “deliberately indifferent” and “callously disregarded” the women's physical safety.

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In response to the lawsuit, Washington County issued the following statement: “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and everyone affected by this tragedy. “Due to the pending litigation, we will refrain from further comment at this time.”

A copy of the full complaint can be found below:

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