Botched plan to help boyfriend escape lands woman in jail

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A woman on a mission of love ended up in handcuffs Wednesday after trying to break her boyfriend and his friend out of the Douglas County Jail.

Veronica Ibarra, 34, of Omaha was arrested and charged with one count of criminal impersonation to (Law Enforcement), a Class IV felony.

"It was a very brazen attempt at an escape from jail," said Sgt. Jon Kramer with Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators said Ibarra drove her personal SUV into the secured area of the Douglas County Department of Corrections.

"In order to access the parking lot you either have to have the appropriate swipe card that's issued to correctional people, Sheriff's people, or you need to be able to push the buzzer and identify yourself," Kramer said. "She made it inside the garage."

Ibarra claimed to be with a fictitious inmate transportation service.

DCDC staff wasn’t buying her story; they said she was behaving suspiciously and had no documentation or credentials.

Ibarra told staff members she was there to pick up 45-year-old Jesus Villegas-Murillo and 36-year-old Alberto Cortes.

DCDC employees questioned Ibarra’s lack of official documentation and she was detained until Deputies could arrive.

Ibarra was questioned by Sheriff’s investigators and confessed in full to a plan to have both inmates escape. Investigators learned Villegas-Murillo is Ibarra’s boyfriend and Cortes is a mutual friend. Ibarra told officials neither inmate was aware of the plan.

"Very creative. I don't think I've ever seen that before and I don't think any of my peers have seen anything like that as well," Kramer told our sister station WOWT 6 News.

Ibarra was arrested; she’s charged with criminal impersonation of law enforcement. Investigators said more charges are pending.

Jesus Villegas-Murillo is being held on a $15,000 bond for one count of possession of a controlled substance. Cortes was being held on a $60,000 bond for possession of a controlled substance and 3rd degree domestic assault.