Criminal fleeing murder and armed-robbery charges hurls AC unit at cops

9 Aug


A man wanted for murder in Mexico was caught in Colorado Springs while hauling an air conditioning unit, which he threw at officers in an attempt to escape, authorities said.

Miguel Lopez-Fuentes, who was also wanted on an armed-robbery warrant out of Castle Rock, was taken into custody at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office media release.

A task force made up of officers from various departments located Lopez-Fuentes in the 1900 block of South Chelton Road, at the Summit Creek Apartments, carrying a window air conditioning unit, “which he subsequently threw at deputies and took off running,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were able to chase Lopez-Fuentes down and after a “struggle” arrested him.

Lopez-Fuentes is being held at the Douglas County Jail without bond. He faces additional possible charges of resisting arrest, criminal mischief, assault on a peace officer, and criminal attempt to disarm a peace officer.

Lopez-Fuentes is suspected of being in the United States illegally, the sheriff’s office said, and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) notified the sheriff’s office that he’s wanted on “an international warrant for murder out of Mexico.”


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