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Woman on most wanted list arrested at Jantzen Beach shopping center

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Ramon Barretto and Janet Barretto are being held in the Multnomah County Jail. Ramon Barretto and Janet Barretto are being held in the Multnomah County Jail.

A woman on the U.S. Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted list has been arrested at the Jantzen Beach shopping center in north Portland.

Janet Barreto, 43, had been on a five-year run from the law, marshals said.

She was wanted in Mississippi for failure to appear on charges of manslaughter of a child, child abuse, child neglect and tampering with a witness. Her husband, who was wanted for the same offenses, was also arrested Tuesday.

When they were taken into custody at about 5:15 p.m., the Barretos refused to identify themselves when they were approached. Once they were both in handcuffs, deputies said they identified Ramon Barreto via digital fingerprinting, and later identified Janet Barreto by her fingerprint at a Portland jail.

Marshals said they were tipped off that the Barretos may be in Oregon or Washington state on Monday, and that they may have had an infant with them.

Authorities developed another lead about their location that ultimately led to their capture, and to an 11-week-old infant being placed in Child Protective Services.

The Barretos were living at the Greenwood Acres Apartments on Northeast 15th Avenue in Vancouver under the aliases Emily and Juan Chavez.

"They seemed like really nice folks," said Dustin Mousley, a former manager of the complex who checked them in. "They didn't seem like they were hiding from anything, but to find out that they were 180 degrees from what they portrayed (is shocking)."

The Barretos are now being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center and are awaiting extradition to Mississippi.

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