November 6, 2013: A trio of visiting auditors from the American Correctional Association (ACA) has just completed a national standards compliance audit at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility. The ACA detention facility standards include 60 mandatory and 326 non-mandatory benchmarks based on the everyday practices of safety, security, healthcare, and programs. The PCSO facility is expected to meet 100% of the mandatory standards and 95.5% of the non-mandatory standards. These percentages make the jail one of the top in the nation. Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor credits the administration, the food and medical contractors, the county facilities team but most importantly the men and women who staff the facility for the high marks. “The evaluators said amazing things about our team but I wasn’t surprised by their comments. The team themselves don’t know how good they are at what they do, but I know. We have a young staff but a very professional and dedicated one.” says Taylor.
Detention Bureau Chief Darlene Alcala first accepted the accreditation 3 years ago but admits the increased jail population and the continued aging of the facility put increased burdens on her staff. “The evaluators told us our members should be commended for the remarkable things done here every day given the age of the facility. They specifically were impressed with the cutting edge programs we integrate to improve our operations. ”
The accreditation is a report card that measures the facility, staff, and procedures against nationally recognized standards. Sheriff Taylor says the process validates the good work of the detention staff and even as they face challenges of overcrowding, decreased budgets and an aging facility, he believes the collective group will continue to maintain the gold standard. Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office expects to receive the final results of the audit and formal re-accreditation in 2014.
One evaluator closed the week long process by telling Sheriff Taylor and his team, “As I am auditing I always ask myself, would I work here, let me expand on that, I would work here and I would work for YOUR leadership team.” The American Correctional Association, founded in 1879, is an international association formed from all of the disciplines in the corrections profession. The 386 standards are broken down by the ACA into several different categories. The agency application process is detailed and an application must be approved prior to the audit but it is ultimately the independent peer review that PCSO underwent this week which determines the accreditation or re-accreditation of a facility
November 30, 2013
November 30, 2013: The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted via 911 just after 10:00 a.m. by a person who saw smoke coming from 8205 Highway 165 in Rye. He attempted to notify occupants that may be inside by knocking on several windows and a door but was overcome by smoke and heat and was forced to retreat.
Rye Fire Department fought the structure fire using resources from Beulah, Pueblo County, Pueblo Sheriff and West Park. The fire was significant and while firefighters were inside the structure they saw three individuals they believed deceased by what appeared to be gunshot wounds.
Unfortunately, the fire was dynamic and required several hours to fight. It was fought throughout the day and even flared up again early the next morning. CBI, Rye Fire Department, and PCSO were able to recover three bodies the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day. The parties have been identified as 51-year-old Reginald Tuttle, 55-year-old Kim Tuttle, and their adult daughter, 33-year-old Dawn Roderick.
A search warrant was obtained for the structure and the investigators and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations have been collecting evidence since before the Thanksgiving Holiday and continue to do so. Early in their efforts they discovered more than one point of origin for the fire, leading to a determination of Arson.
Detectives continue to work leads and interview all known friends and family members of the Tuttles. They have discovered that checks bearing the name of one of the victims were cashed in both Pueblo and La Junta on the day of the fire. The person that cashed the checks has been positively identified as 59 year old Harry Mapps. One surveillance image clearly shows Mr. Mapps, in a blue van cashing one of the checks.
This financial institution information coupled with the cause of death determination from the Pueblo County Medical Examiner James Kramer, investigators were able to establish the probable cause necessary to obtain an Arrest Warrant for Harry Mapps for Identity Theft (F4), Theft above 5k (F5), Forgery (F5). PCSO is also now naming Mr. Mapps as a primary suspect in the deaths of the three individuals.
PCSO would again like to thank all the men and women of the Rye Fire Department and Colorado Bureau of Investigation as well as the District Attorney’s Office and the Pueblo County Coroner for their commitment to this case. As with all cases of this magnitude, it requires significant commitment, sleeplessness, hard work and diligence to provide answers for the victims and their families.
Sheriff Taylor said the warrants, although not for homicide at this time are extraditable nationwide and even into Canada. “Harry Mapps is believed to be armed and dangerous and new bulletins have been sent to all local and national law enforcement outlets. It seems the victims were shot while they slept resulting in their death. It would appear the motive for the crime was financial and the evidence only leads to one person being involved in all necessary aspects of the crime and that is Harry Mapps.”
November 28, 2013
November 28, 2013: Today, November 28, 2013 the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Rye Fire Department and Beulah Fire Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) along with support from Investigations, Emergency Services Bureau have begun the recovery process of the three bodies associated with structure fire on the 8200 Block of Highway 165. Every effort will be made to remove the bodies of the two women and one man in a dignified manner while working to maintain as much evidentiary value as possible.
A CBI Arson Investigator and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office have already begun retrieving evidence from the scene. This afternoon the team was able to identify the fire had more than one point of origin. This confirms what was suspected yesterday, the cause of the fire is Arson.
Because the roof and first floors of the home partially collapsed into the basement of the structure, Rye Fire Chief Steve Bennett worked this morning to identify a safe path of entry for investigators using the main center support. Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor has been on scene both yesterday and today and assisted with recovery efforts. “Retrieval of these bodies is important for the family and retrieval of evidence is key in determining exactly what happened; this is our top priority right now”. The Pueblo County Coroner will conduct an autopsy tomorrow, Friday, November 29.
Investigators are still interested in speaking with Harry Mapps, a 59 year old man who was a known previous occupant of the house. Mapps who is 6’ tall and thin at 135 pounds has red hair and blue eyes and may have a graying beard was last known to drive a blue 2004 Chrysler Town and Country Van with either Texas or Colorado plates. Photos recovered from the scene show Mapps van may have Colorado plate 591SBL on in place of the Texas plate 7-FSNK that is registered to the vehicle. Mapps may also take advantage of services offered to veterans or homeless wherever he is staying.
November 27, 2013
November 27, 2013: At 10:00 A.M. on November 27, 2013 the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office dispatched Rye Fire Department to the 8200 Block of Highway 165. While firefighters began working the structure fire three unidentified bodies were found. Since that time, detectives have been unable to access to the home because fire and water have caused extensive damage making the structure unsafe.
Information indicates that 59 year old Harry Mapps was a resident in the same house up to one week ago. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with Mr. Mapps and are interested in any information he may have regarding the structure fire. There is no information to indicate that Mr. Mapps is dangerous, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths are suspicious and caution should be used.
Harry Mapps 59 Years old is 6’ and thin at 135 pounds he has red hair and blue eyes. He is known to reside in Dimmit Texas and may be homeless living in his last known vehicle a 2004 Chrysler Blue, Town and Country Van ( 7 FSNK Texas License Plate) Call Communications Pueblo Sheriff’s Office (719)583-6250
November 27, 2013: On November 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office dispatched Rye Fire Protection District to a report of a structure on fire at the 8200 Block of Highway 165 in the mountain community of Rye, Colorado. A local resident saw smoke coming from inside the home and called 911. Rye Fire responded to the scene and notified the communications center that there were casualties apparent in the structure. Three un-identified bodies were located in the residence.
The fire at this time is active and has flamed up several times causing concern for firefighter safety. West Park Fire, Beulah Fire, Pueblo West Metro and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services sent fire apparatus to the scene. Pueblo County Roads and Bridges also supplied a water truck to assist in this incident. Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor and Bureau Chief Charlene Graham are at the home and are directing security of the scene. Sheriff Taylor stated the loss of life is tragic and once investigators are able to safely investigate the incident they will work hard to uncover the cause.
As of 1:00PM the fire had sporadic flare ups and remained unsafe. It could be several hours before the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation can begin to look for evidence surrounding the deaths.
November 18, 2013
November 18, 2013: A convicted, Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) has recently moved from an address on Sierra in Salt Creek to a different one in the same community. The Colorado Parole Office has advised Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office that 24 year old Robert Daniel Triste is now residing at 1217 Socorro Place #C. Mr. Triste has met the criteria in the Sexual Predator Risk Assessment and has been found by the Court to be a Sexually Violent Predator. The courts have required community notification of his occupancy in this or any neighborhood.
Community Notification Meeting
Thursday November 21st 6:00 P.M.
Fulton Heights Recreation Center, 1331 Santa Rosa St
Additional information regarding Mr. Triste will be provided at the community meeting.
November 12, 2013
November 12, 2013: Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has made an additional arrest in the shooting of 34-year-old Cheryl Gonzales on Sunday, November 10th. Both of the suspects arrested are under 18 years old. 16 year old Devin Riensch, arrested today, and 17 year old Evan Hesselberg, arrested yesterday, are charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Felony Burglary, Felony Assault, and Criminal Mischief.
The investigation revealed the two teens planned and committed a home invasion/burglary of the property. When Gonzales was able to shut the door preventing them access to the home, the two opened fire shooting Gonzales through the closed door.
PCSO Detectives have recovered seven weapons, two of which were found at the home of suspect Devin Riensch along with ammunition that is consistent with that fired into the home. The five other guns were recovered at a third home deputies searched after acquiring a search warrant. All seven guns were reported stolen during a burglary in Westcliffe in late October. The home burglarized belonged to the grandfather of suspect Evan Hesselberg.
Within 2 days of the shooting, detectives made six other arrests involving persons associated to the incident. These arrests were of adults who either had warrants, were found in possession of controlled substances when contacted, or had committed other crimes discovered as a result of this investigation.
Evan Hesselberg Attempted First Degree Murder (F2), First Degree Burglary (F3), First Degree Assault with a Deadly Weapon (F3), Criminal Mischief over $1000 (F4), and Violation of a Protection Order (weapons) Hesselberg is being held at Pueblo Youth Center – Unknown bond at this time
Devin Riensch Attempted First Degree Murder (F2), First Degree Burglary (F3), First Degree Assault with a Deadly Weapon (F3), Criminal Mischief over $1000 (F4) Riensch is being held at Pueblo Youth Center – 500,000 cash only bond
Additional Arrests on new charges:
Shane Vaught 40 years old – Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance (F4) 25,000 bond and Warrant for Burglary $25,000 bond
Raymond Younger: 24 years old – Possession of Schedule I Narcotic (F4) $10,000 bond
Clifford Halverson: 55 years old – Violation of Protection Order (weapons) & Theft( M1) $10,000 bond
Stacey Reinsch: 42 years old – Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug (F3), Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (F3), Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor $100,000 bond
Anthony Scott: 25 years old FTA Traffic $250 bond
Blake Clement: 26 years old FTA Robbery $100,000 bond
PCSO Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor says, “Before the first 48 hours of this crime were up, our investigation unit had a detailed timeline of the crime, possession of the weapons involved, and the suspects in custody. I certainly commend them on their dedication. The team put their personal lives on hold for two days and they are still working on this case right now.”
November 11, 2013
November 11, 2013: Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have arrested several of the persons of interest in the case involving 34 year old, Cheryl Gonzales. PCSO Detectives have been working around the clock since Mrs. Gonzales was shot through the front door of her Pueblo West home early Sunday morning.
Arrested for crimes related to the shooting is a 17 year old boy who has been booked into Pueblo Youth Center. The juvenile is charged with First Degree Attempted murder and multiple other felonies in the case. Four other arrests have been made that are not necessarily related to the shooting allegations but are related to other criminal activity revealed during the investigation. Attempted drug theft is believed to be one motive in this case, and two of the arrests are for possession of illegal substances (the other two arrested for outstanding warrants). Additional arrests based on the illicit activity revealed during the investigation and the shooting itself are likely.
At least two shooters stood and fired their guns into the front door of the Gonzales residence. PCSO Investigators believe they have recovered those guns. Detectives have interviewed over 30 people and have served search warrants on three homes in Pueblo County. Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor says over thirty law enforcement professionals have participated in the investigation, response, and security on this incident. “Violent crime is rare in Pueblo County already, but to know this incident was premeditated and these suspects shot our victim without regard for what the young children in the home would witness or their future is certainly a motivating factor for our team. As a whole, we haven’t stopped working this shooting since the second the 911 call came in.” says Taylor.
November 10, 2013
November 10, 2013: Just after 2 AM on Sunday November 10, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a Pueblo West man. He reported someone had just knocked at the front door of the family residence and when his wife went to answer, she was shot several times through the door. The 34 year-old woman sustained multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to a local hospital where she is undergoing surgery. No one else in the home was injured.
Based on information gathered at the scene, deputies were able to identify a person of interest in the shooting. That man has been taken into custody on outstanding warrants unrelated to the early morning events. At this hour investigators are attempting to locate Pueblo resident, 25-year-old Anthony Scott. PCSO Captain Dave Lucero asks for help from citizens. “Right now Mr. Scott is someone we very much need to talk to. He knows this family and the man we contacted after the shooting. If anyone knows where he is, we’d ask that you call us.”
PCSO detectives continue to investigate and ask that anyone with information contact the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at 719/583-6250 or Crimestoppers at 719/542-STOP.
November 6, 2013
November 6, 2013:In response to inquiries made concerning the actions of one of our deputies we offer the following… Law enforcement is not an assembly line of responses. It is most often an inquiry or response when life or property is in danger. Responding to a suspicious vehicle is a preliminary investigation and deputies are trained to make a corresponding judgment call based on the totality of the circumstances presented. A deputy may choose to take no action when the facts presented indicate there are no laws violated, there are no victims, no complainant and no eye witness account. It is a decision that falls within the deputy’s discretion and in this case was not second guessed. In this 9 month old contact, it was actually three deputies who concluded the circumstances justified the response. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office supports their decision.