Pueblo, CO – At approximately 9:00 am on Wednesday Oct. 7, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office received information on a possible intruder inside Pueblo County High School. The intruder was reported as a female, in a hallway located inside the school, wearing a gas mask and trench coat style jacket.
The school’s administration was quick to act and placed the school on lockdown for the safety and security of the students and staff. PCSO patrol units were on scene in approximately two minutes. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was training in the area and was activated for this event. They arrived on scene within six minutes of the original call. The School Safe System was activated, which opens a direct line of communication between school administrators, law enforcement, and emergency medical services.
Pueblo County high school staff took the female, later identified as a current student, into custody. The school remained on lockdown while the PCSO SWAT team conducted a slow clearing of the building to ensure the safety and security of the students and staff.
After further investigation it was found the female had mentioned she wanted to cause chaos at the High School. No weapons or other hazards were found in the building or on the suspect.
“We always take the highest precautions when the safety of our students is possibly compromised. They are our number one priority” said Greg Keasling, Director of Student Services for Pueblo School District 70.
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said, “We could have easily viewed this event as a Halloween prank, however we do not take the safety of our youth or the staff who cares for them for granted. Our deputies train consistently with District 70 staff for events like this. As a team, we responded quickly and effectively to resolve this situation without incident.”
The lockdown was lifted at approximately 10:45 and normal school activity was resumed.
The name of the student will not be released due to her being a juvenile. The following charges were referred to the District Attorney’s Office: 18-9-109(1) Interference with staff, faculty or student of educational institutions.
August 7, 2015
Aug. 7, 2015 – An investigation into the illegal sale of marijuana to juveniles began late July, 2015. Detectives from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations & Narcotics (S.I.N.) Unit received tips of marijuana being sold to juveniles near the mobile home community in Pueblo West.
During the investigation, detectives observed numerous vehicles arrive to an address in the 200 block of E. Homer Dr. Occupants of the vehicles would go into the home, return to the vehicle and leave within minutes of arriving.
On Aug. 6, 2015, Sheriff’s deputies and detectives contacted two juvenile occupants of a vehicle which had left the residence. After speaking with the juveniles, detectives were able to corroborate the tips they had been investigating. Based on this information and previously gathered evidence, a search warrant was obtained. Upon executing the search warrant of the residence contact was made with the homeowner, John McBride (52 yo, male) who was taken into custody for the following charges:
1: CRS 18-18-406(7)(a) Distribution of Marijuana to a minor DF4
2: CRS 18-6-701 Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor F4
3: CRS 18-8-103 Resisting Arrest 2M
4: CRS 18-18-407(1)(d)(II) Special Offender SE
Approximately six (6) ounces of dried marijuana material, marijuana concentrate, and hashish were seized, along with 1 handgun, 2 shotguns and 1 rifle. Detectives noted large quantities of small denomination currency, which they believe is common to the distribution of narcotics, adding up to approximately $7,500.00 in cash.
“Although recreational marijuana use has been legalized in Colorado, the personal growing and/or selling of marijuana through unregulated supply is illegal and can create easy access to individuals and juveniles who do not or could not buy recreational marijuana through legal means.” Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said.
June 8, 2015
Pueblo, CO: A team from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has taken a burglar off the street. The suspect, 20-year-old Travis Maikke, was taken into custody Friday evening on a $100,000 warrant. He is charged with committing a string of burglaries in the Pueblo West area. The Sheriff’s Office continues to search for another person associated with the burglaries. He has been identified as 20-year-old Samuel Joaquin Torres. Torres has outstanding warrants for his arrest unassociated with these crimes.
A search of a residence on San Pedro connected to the two men yielded the recovery of multiple stolen items such as two guns, a laptop, jewelry, a 55” television, and other items. These items will be cataloged as evidence and returned to their original owners.
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor praised the coordinated effort of the patrol deputies and detectives for their work in this case. “These two are suspects in multiple burglaries and match the description of individuals who have cased several other homes in Pueblo West, so our men and women, working together, stopped many others from being victimized by these individuals” says Taylor.
Sheriff Taylor reminds the public to lock-up their valuables, especially firearms, to keep doors and windows locked, and to report any suspicious activity to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information on Torres’ whereabouts or details on these burglaries is asked to contact Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at 583-6250 or Pueblo Crimestoppers at 543-STOP.
February 18, 2015
February 18, 2015: At 0830 this morning, during a routine civil process serving, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Deputies discovered what was later confirmed as improvised explosive devices inside a home at the 400 block of Peppertree Way. The resident of the home sat outside while movers began the process of emptying the property after the bank filed for restitution of the home. While overseeing the process, movers saw what they believed to be a “Molotov Cocktail”, a container filled with flammable liquid with a rag attached to the top, and several other suspicious devices. Sheriff’s deputies confirmed what movers suspected and went door to door evacuating the surrounding homes. Nine residences in total were evacuated for approximately two hours this morning while the Pueblo Metro Bomb Unit conducting their search.
After deputies arrived, the resident left saying he was going to breakfast with his children. He was located at a family home a short time later. While speaking to detectives the man indicated there were additional explosive devices that hadn’t been discovered in the initial or secondary searches. Ultimately, thirteen different devices were removed from the home and are still being examined by bomb specialists. The devices all appear homemade and of those tested so far, all were found to contain explosive material capable of significant property damage and personal injury.
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agency is on hand and will be assisting in the investigation.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said while initial charges will be local, additional federal charges will likely follow, “These are very dangerous devices and not easy to spot” said Taylor. “Ensuring that our deputies know what to watch for, having our own certified bomb technicians and the Metro Bomb Squad here in Pueblo, all make these investigations quicker and much safer.”
39-year-old Larry Maloney has been taken into custody. He faces felony child abuse, reckless endangerment, and several counts of possession/use of an explosive device.
February 13, 2015
February 13, 2015: Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) detectives arrested 26 year old Juan Hernandez-Bartolome of the 1800 Block of Santa Fe Dr. on charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Juan was booked into Pueblo County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
On 02-12-15 Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Parkview Hospital regarding a 9 week old baby with serious injury. The baby was immediately taken to Memorial Hospital where the child remains.. This incident occurred in the 1800 block of Santa Fe Drive.
Detectives investigated the case throughout the night and into the following day. Detectives were able to determine the 9 week old boy was in the custody of Juan, who is the child’s father when the injuries occurred. Detectives are still investigating this case. No other children were in the home.
January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015: The names of two suspects in Pueblo’s officer involved shooting near Praise Assembly yesterday are being confirmed as 26-year-old Orlando Lopez and 22-year-old Roberto Rodriquez-Garcia.
Garcia was taken into custody for Menacing and Burglary after a short pursuit. Lopez fled from the vehicle into the prairies near the church. Lopez was fatally wounded during the incident.
Because the event involved the firing of weapons by law enforcement, the 10th Judicial District Critical Incident Team (CIT) was immediately activated and it’s members responded to the scene. The CIT purpose is to objectively investigate officer involved incidents that result in death. Agencies in the CIT include Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Pueblo Police Department. The CIT has been able to substantiate witness statements that Lopez fired his weapon at approaching law enforcement officers and that multiple officers returned fire. The investigation is a large collaborative effort and is ongoing.
Body and dashboard cameras captured the incident; all of the footage is being handled as evidence. Additionally, interviews with witnesses, law enforcement, and other parties with information regarding the shooting or the home invasion leading up to the shooting are ongoing.
The crime scene is currently being processed and remains secured until investigators are certain all evidence is collected. The Pueblo regional mobile command unit was utilized overnight but has been released from the scene.
Any witnesses or individuals with information related to this case can contact the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at 719/583-6250.
December 31, 2014
December 31, 2014: A second suspect from an early morning Christmas home invasion is in custody thanks to coordination between the Colorado Springs Police Department, Crimestoppers, and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Donte Tate was arrested yesterday by Colorado Springs Police Officers and is now in custody at the Pueblo County Detention Facility. A third suspect, 29-year-old Rajohn Ledbetter-Fuller is still at-large and is considered armed and dangerous.
PCSO detectives would like to remind anyone with information on the location of Ledbetter-Fuller or details about this crime to call Crimestoppers. Ledbetter-Fuller has outstanding felony warrants for 1st Degree Burglary and Aggravated Robbery and a reward may be offered for his capture.
Both men are the suspects in an overnight break-in at a home on McCulloch Blvd in Pueblo West. The residents dialed 911 and hid while the armed men forced entry into their home and stole several items. A female accomplice, DeeDee Winstead was driving a stolen vehicle in the area and was taken into custody that morning.
If you see the suspect, DO NOT approach him. During investigation detectives learned he will likely be armed and could be dangerous.
Anyone with information can remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward for information that leads to the capture of Ledbetter-Fuller by calling Pueblo Crimestoppers @ 719 542-STOP (7867).
December 15, 2014
On December 13, 2014 just before 11 am deputies were dispatched to a trailer home at the 4300 block of Goodnight Ave on a reported home invasion. Once on scene, deputies learned a male, who identified himself as “Wolf” entered the residence uninvited. The man said he was at the residence looking for Fred. When Fred’s roommate answered the door, he told “Wolf” he didn’t think Fred was home.
When the roommate went to Fred’s bedroom to double check, he discovered the suspect had followed him through the house and was right behind him. With Fred not home, the roommate then insisted the intruder leave. Before the unwanted man left, he punched the resident in the face knocking him to the ground, threatening him if he told anyone about the incident.
Deputies began a canvas of the area and discovered that Wolf’s mother also lives in the trailer court. Deputies met with her and were able to confirm the suspect was the woman’s son, 42-year-old Michael Martinez aka Wolfy.
With the suspect’s identity deputies were able to find Martinez’s address and made contact with a very intoxicated Michael Martinez at his home in the city. Martinez was placed into custody for second-degree burglary and third-degree assault without incident.
November 28, 2014
November 28, 2014: On Thursday evening at approximately 9:20, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the 25000 Block of Hwy 50 East on a shooting. Upon arrival they were directed to a bedroom where an unconscious 18 year-old woman lay on the floor.
The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for the life-threatening injuries. Detectives were notified early this morning that the female died from those injuries.
The shooting was reported by the woman’s 40-year-old ex-boyfriend and roommate. The man told the 911 operator that he shot the woman while she was attacking him with a weapon. He was treated for injuries at the scene.
The incident is being investigated as a homicide and, although no one has been taken into custody at this time, the crime scene remains under the control of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.
This investigation is on-going and both the Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations will be assisting in that effort.
November 6, 2014
November 6, 2014: At 2 am this Wednesday November 5, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 35000 block of Hwy 96 East to investigate a report of a suicidal male with a gun. The man, 38-year-old Brian Augustine had made threats to harm himself but while enroute deputies learned that his comments were not limited to ending just his life. Augustine and his girlfriend had been arguing throughout the day when Augustine reportedly pulled a gun out and threatened the lives of himself and his girlfriend, her two children and anyone else that tried to enter the home.
During the incident Augustine shot the semi-automatic handgun into the floor of the residence. The female was able to leave and take the children with her. Once safely outside the residence, she called 911. For a short time the suspect remained inside the residence while law enforcement attempted contact with him. Once inside, deputies smelled a strong odor of natural gas and found both fire and carbon monoxide detectors disabled. After the house was aired out, the female helped deputies locate the weapon and Augustine was taken into custody without incident.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor knows this incident could have had a very different outcome had it not been for the courage of the victim. “As an agency, we respond to multiple calls of Domestic Violence. The tragic part is that oftentimes the victims don’t realize the level of danger they are in until it’s too late,” says Taylor. “Because of the actions of this victim and our deputies this situation ended peacefully but it is an opportunity to share this important message.” Sheriff Taylor encourages anyone in a threatening or violent relationship to reach out to someone for help and guidance and believes the local victim advocate unit, ACOVA is the perfect first step toward a new beginning. To reach ACOVA, 24-hours a day, citizens can call 719 583 6250 and ask for help. The caller can remain anonymous.
Brian Augustine was charged with Attempted First degree Murder (F2), Attempted Arson (F4), Menacing with a Deadly Weapon, (F5), as well as Domestic Violence, Harassment, and Reckless Endangerment. No bond amount has been set at this time.