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First-ever escape from Sterling prison, FBI in ongoing manhunt

25 Aug

Update: The escapist was caught after several days on the run.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the manhunt for Douglas James Alward, the first inmate to escape from the Sterling Correctional Facility in its 11-year history.

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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.”

Escapist’s crime spree ends in eastern Colorado

31 Jul

A convenience store clerk in eastern Colorado who recognized the tattoo on Jacob Wolsleben’s leg helped lead authorities to the 26-year-old man after he escaped from Tri-County Hospital in Lexington and zigzagged across five states in five days.

Before his escape, Wolsleben was being held in Dawson County, Neb., on several charges out of Buffalo, Dawson and Lincoln counties, including burglary and writing bad checks. He was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed medical problem and escaped on Saturday.

Wolsleben’s run all came to an end on Wednesday after he stopped for gas at the Ampride in Stratton, Colo.

Store manager Marjo Dietz said she had received a Dawson County Sheriff’s dispatch that described the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Wolsleben and his tattoos, one of them a large ‘W’ with three stars on his right calf.

Wolsleben, who was wearing long pants under the hospital gown when he escaped, was in shorts at the gas station, Dietz said.

When one of her clerks noticed the tattoo on his leg, Dietz said, she knew it was the wanted man.

“If he had long pants on, no one would have noticed,” Dietz said Thursday. “He was nicely dressed. This guy, you wouldn’t have paid attention to normally. He was a nice-looking guy.”

Dietz said she called the Kit Carson County, Colo., sheriff. Deputies spotted Wolsleben driving westbound on Interstate 70 a short time later and a chase began.

According to a Kit Carson County statement, Wolsleben sped away at speeds near 100 mph before crossing the median to avoid stop sticks and turning onto a county road about six miles west of Flaglar, Colo. Officers from Kit County, Lincoln County and the Colorado State Patrol caught up to Wolsleben and arrested him without incident.

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Pagosa Springs deputies beaten as inmates break out of jail

22 Jul

The hunt is on for two men who escaped from a jail in Pagosa Springs on Tuesday night.

Archuleta County deputies say 24-year-old Jason Snow and 45-year-old Todd Reseigh beat up two officers and broke out of the detention center around 8 p.m. The officers suffered minor injuries.

Deputies say the pair then stole a car from behind the jail and headed south on Archuleta County Road 500.

A deputy chased them, but they eluded capture and dumped their car on the New Mexico state line.

Investigators believe the escapees were on foot near the Navajo River and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Cops kill escaped criminal after cop car rammed

10 May

Police opened fire on a sport-utility vehicle in Commerce City early today, killing Boulder County Jail escapee Phillip Michael Boldin, and wounding a woman who was with him.

The fatal shooting happened at just after midnight at a trailer park in the 6900 block of Colorado Highway 2, said Christian Rasmussen, a Commerce City Police Department spokesman.

The woman in the car, who has not been identified, was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, but details about her injuries have not been released.

Boldin, 42, has been wanted since September on an escape warrant after he walked away from a court-ordered halfway house in Boulder County last September.

He has a lengthy arrest record in the metro area dating back to 1986, primarily burglary and related charges. He was also arrested after an escape in Boulder County in 1990 and attempted escape in 2004 in Larimer County, records show.

Boldin has lived in Commerce City, Longmont and Arvada, and previously worked as a roofer, according to public records.

Police got a tip at about 6 p.m. Wednesday that a car Boldin was known to drive was parked at a trailer in Commerce City, and officers waited until he came out and left with a woman just after midnight.

When police moved in to stop them, the driver, who was not specified, rammed a patrol car, leaving an officer with minor injuries, Rasmussen said.

Officers opened fire, striking both occupants.

The vehicle remained parked behind yellow police tape this morning, as officers continued investigating the scene.

The windows were shattered or missing from the multiple gunshots.

Colorado Springs bank robber narrowly escapes capture

3 May

April 30th, COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Police say a man who robbed a Colorado Springs bank got away after a botched carjacking.

Police say the armed robber shot at a passing SUV and abandoned a bag of cash after a pack of red dye exploded inside. Officers used dogs to search fields and nearby neighborhoods for the suspect Friday, but didn’t immediately find him.

There were no reports of injuries.

Police Sgt. Darrin Abbink says a man entered a Key Bank at 9:42 a.m. and demanded cash while holding a handgun. He fled with a bag of cash and demanded that a woman and a boy in a sport utility vehicle pulling into a shopping center get out.

The woman hit the gas and got away.

Handcuffed criminal escapes from police car in Aurora

9 Feb

Aurora Police are looking for a burglary suspect who escaped handcuffed from an Aurora police car early today.

Detective Shannon Lucy, spokeswoman for the Aurora Police Department, said that Aurora officers responded to reports of a fight in the 1600 block of Alton Street about 5 a.m.

Once on the scene, police were able to break up a fight between approximately 10 people, said Lucy.

Officers left. But a short time later they were called back after three people involved in the fight returned and one of them kicked down the front door of a house.

All three were arrested, said Lucy.

The man who kicked in the door is considered a burglary suspect because he actually entered the home, said Bob Friel, another spokesperson for the police department.

The burglary suspect was placed handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser. However, he was able to escape, said Lucy. A police perimeter was set up but officers were unable to locate the man.

Lucy said police know the man’s name and where he lives and expect to eventually find him.

Lucy said the man is not armed and is not considered a threat.

She said there will be an investigation to determine how the suspect was able to escape the police car. She said that such escapes happen from time to time.

As of 9:30 p.m. today, the burglary suspect was still on the loose.