A Pueblo man wanted in connection with an incident where a gun shot was fired at law enforcement officers was arrested Friday afternoon (May 27, 2016) by Pueblo County Sheriff’s Detectives.
Joe Gaetano Romero, 36, was arrested after a two-block pursuit on the West Side of Pueblo after Sheriff’s Detectives learned he was in that area.
Detectives saw Romero riding in a black vehicle in the area of Ninth and West streets at about 3:45 p.m. Friday. Detectives attempted to stop the vehicle, but the unidentified driver drove off. Detectives followed the vehicle for two blocks, when Romero, who was the front-seat passenger, jumped from the vehicle and fell to the ground in the 700 block of 10th Street. The driver of the vehicle drove off, nearly striking Romero. Romero was not injured and was immediately taken into custody without incident.
Romero was wanted on a warrant for three counts of first-degree assault on a peace officer in connection with an incident in the early morning of May 26, 2016, in which someone fired a shot at two Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Pueblo Police Officer who were on a traffic stop near the intersection of Beulah and Northern Avenues. No one was injured in the shooting incident.
Romero was booked on the assault on a peace officer warrant along with five other outstanding felony warrants to include aggravated motor vehicle theft, trespassing, possession of a controlled substance and two warrants for identity theft.
Daniel Dedmon Candelaria Dedmon
Two people have been arrested in connection with an incident where a shot was fired at officers who were working a traffic stop on Northern Avenue in the early morning of May 26, 2016.
Candelaria Dedmon, 25, was arrested on charges of vehicular eluding. She also was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Daniel Dedmon, 19, was arrested on a bond revocation. The suspects are siblings.
Law enforcement officers are still searching for a 36-yeard-old man wanted in connection with the shots fired incident. An arrest warrant has been issued for Joe Gaetano Romero for first-degree assault on a peace officer. Authorities are also looking for Angelina Padilla, 19, as a person of interest in the incident.
At about 3:15 a.m. Thursday (May 26, 2016), two Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Pueblo Police officer were out on an unrelated traffic stop near the intersection of Northern and Beulah Avenues, when someone riding in a black SUV headed eastbound on Northern, fired a shot in the direction of the officers. No one was injured.
A Sheriff’s Deputy and a Pueblo Police officer followed the suspect vehicle, which was traveling at a high-rate of speed, but lost sight of it. The vehicle was found a short time later abandoned near the intersection of Pitkin Avenue and Jefferson Street.
A witness reported seeing three people running from the vehicle. In a search of the area, authorities located Candeleria Dedmon, who was taken into custody without incident. Later Thursday, Daniel Dedmon turned himself in.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Romero or Padilla is asked to call the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250, or Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP (542-7867). Tips can also be submitted online at CrimeSuspect.net (http://csn.pueblo.us).
May 26, 2016
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies and Pueblo Police Officers are searching for two suspects after shots were fired at officers while they were on an unrelated traffic stop on Northern Avenue early this morning (May 26, 2016).
No one was injured in the incident.
A Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy had initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle near the intersection of Northern Avenue and Beulah Avenue at about 3:15 a.m. A second deputy and a Pueblo Police Officer assisted with the traffic stop. While checking the identifications of the occupants of that vehicle, an individual inside a second vehicle driving east on Northern Avenue fired a shot out of the window in the vicinity of where the deputies and police officer were standing.
The suspect vehicle, a black Chevy Equinox, drove off at a high rate of speed traveling eastbound on Northern Avenue. A Sheriff’s deputy and a Pueblo Police officer followed the suspect vehicle but lost sight of it on West Northern Avenue.
The suspect vehicle was found a short time later near the intersection of Pitkin Avenue and Jefferson Street. Witnesses said three suspects were seen running from the vehicle. A female was located at a home nearby and was taken into custody. Two other suspects remain at large.
The investigation is ongoing.
May 19, 2016
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a teenager in connection with an armed robbery that occurred early Thursday morning (May 19, 2016) in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store in Pueblo West.
Deputies were dispatched to Wal-Mart, 78 N. McCulloch Boulevard, at about 1:30 a.m. on a report of a man who had been threatened by another man who brandished a handgun and demanded the victim give him money. While en route to the call, deputies saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle leaving the area of Wal-Mart. The deputy followed the vehicle west on U.S. 50 and south to Swallows Road before stopping the vehicle in the 200 block of W. Monecito Drive.
The suspect, Frank Duane Montano, 18, and a 23-year-old female passenger were taken into custody without incident. In searching the vehicle, deputies found a black handgun underneath the driver’s seat and money matching the amount reportedly taken from the victim. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that had been altered to look like a handgun.
The 49-year-old victim, who is from Missouri, told deputies he parked in the Wal-Mart lot to sleep when he was awakened by a noise that sounded like a car jack being operated. The man said he got out of his car and saw the suspect standing next to his vehicle and asked him what he was doing. The victim said the suspect told him he needed to leave. The victim said he then took out his cell phone to call police when the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband and told him to give him all his money. The victim said he handed the suspect money he had in his vehicle.
The suspect ran from the victim and got into a dark-colored vehicle and proceeded to leave the area. The victim said he followed the suspect vehicle for a short distance but stopped after he was notified that deputies were on the way.
The female passenger in the suspect vehicle was initially taken into custody but later released pending further investigation into her involvement in the incident.
Montano was arrested for felony aggravated robbery.
April 14, 2016
(Top left: Anaili Garcia Toledo, Top Right: Eladio Hernandez Ponce; Bottom left: Elio Hernandez Delgado)
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested three people Wednesday, April 13, 2016, on felony warrants in connection with an illegal marijuana grow operation discovered last week at a home in South Pueblo County.
Elio Hernandez Delg ado, 45; Eladio Hernandez Ponce, 36, and Anaili Garcia Toledo, 32, were served with the warrants at the home where they had been living at 6801 Greenhorn Creek Drive in the Hatchett Ranch area. The three were taken into custody without incident. They each face charges of cultivation of marijuana 18-18-406 (3) (a).
The arrest warrants were issued for Hernandez Delgado, Hernandez Ponce and Garcia Toledo on Tuesday in connection with the seizure of 180 marijuana plants found growing at 6801 Greenhorn Creek Drive. All three individuals are originally from Cuba and had recently been living in Florida, before moving to Colorado. One of the residents had purchased the home in February.
Acting on a tip about a possible illegal grow at the home, detectives executed a search warrant on April 5, and found the marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with extravagant lighting systems, numerous planting supplies and construction materials that detectives believed were going to be used to expand the grow operation.
When contacted last week, the residents told detectives they were operating a medical marijuana grow but had no paperwork to substantiate that claim.
Twelve people, all from Florida, have been arrested in seven separate illegal marijuana grow operations uncovered by Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office since March 30. Five of the individuals arrested are originally from Cuba.
April 11, 2016
Austin Shelman Mitchell Elfert
Two Pueblo West men were arrested Friday, April 8, 2016, after one of them used a social media website to broker a deal to sell LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) to an undercover detective from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations/Narcotics unit.
Acting on a Crimestoppers tip, the undercover detective contacted Mitchell Elfert, 19, via his social media website, where he was advertising the sale of “tabz” of LSD at “5 for $20.” The website also advertised the sale of Ecstasy and marijuana. The detective asked Elfert to meet at an undisclosed site where the officer planned to purchase 100 tabs of LSD. Elfert arrived at the pre-arranged site with a friend, who had driven him to that location.
Elfert met with the detective and told him he buys LSD from “the deep web”, which Elfert described as an online site. He said the tabs are delivered to him by U.S. Mail. Elfert admitted to the detective he also sells marijuana and asked the detective if he had any marijuana he could buy from him because he was having a hard time finding some in Pueblo West.
Elfert sold the detective 50 tabs or .65 ounces of LSD for $200. Once the transaction was completed, Elfert and the driver of the vehicle, Austin Shelman, 18, were taken into custody. As the detective searched Elfert for any other contraband, he admitted he had more “stuff” in the back seat of the car. The detective spoke with Shelman, who agreed to allow a search of his vehicle. Seven tabs of LSD and some individually wrapped bags of marijuana packaged for sale were found in the vehicle. Shelman told the detective Elfert asked him for a ride to sell some LSD. Shelman said he frequently drives Elfert to sell LSD and marijuana. He said Elfert would give him gas money in exchange for the rides.
Elfert was arrested on the following felony drug charges:
Possession with Intent to Distribution of a Schedule I Substance (LSD) 18-18-405 (1), (2), © (I) (A); Distribution of a Schedule I Substance (LSD) 18-18-405 (1), (2), (c), (I) (A)
Possession Schedule I (LSD) 18-18-403.5 (1) (2) (a);
Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana 18-18-406
Shelman was arrested on the following felony drug charges:
Distribution of a Schedule I Controlled Substance 18-18-405 (1) (2) (c) (I) (A);
Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance 18-2-201.
April 3, 2016
The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of brush fires that were intentionally set Saturday afternoon, April 2, 2016, near Lake Pueblo State Park and along a 10-mile stretch of Highway 96 West.
Firefighters from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire unit were dispatched to a brush fire in the Rush Creek Wildlife Area in the Lake Pueblo State Park at about 4:45 p.m. While crews were responding to that incident, calls came in for at least five other small fires burning in the same area along Highway 96 West from Mile Marker 35 and Mile Marker 45.
A witness reported seeing a male suspect exiting a vehicle and intentionally setting fires along the highway. Sheriff’s Deputies spotted the male driving near the entrance to Lake Pueblo State Park and initiated a traffic stop. The male was taken into custody and is being questioned in connection with the fires. A second suspect is being sought in connection with the fires.
Pueblo County Emergency Services Bureau Chief Mark Mears said there were nine separate fires started, consuming a total of 15 acres of grassland. Mears said the fires ranged from a small roadside fires that extinguished themselves to a few fires that burned from 3 to 4 acres each. The fires burned brush on both state land and private property. No structures were threatened.
PCSO received assistance in fighting the fires from West Park Fire, Red Creek Springs Fire and Wetmore Fire units.
All the fires were contained by about 8 p.m. Crews are still on scene mopping up hot spots.
March 3, 2016
Pueblo, CO: Erroneous and speculative information has been circulating through unedited social media sites regarding the death of a 41-year-old male, who had previously been in custody in the Pueblo County Jail. The male was no longer in custody at the time of his death.
While incarcerated the male had a medical emergency and was transferred as soon as practical to a local hospital. While in the local hospital, a judge granted the male a PR bond and released him from the custody of Pueblo County. The male was later transferred to a Denver area Hospital where he died.
A forensic autopsy was requested by the sheriff and the acting coroner. All aspects of a proper evaluation of the facts surrounding the death of the male have been and will continue to be performed by members of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.
The Pueblo County Detention Facility is accredited through the American Correctional Association, and the detention medical unit is accredited with the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.
The evaluation of the death of the male is ongoing.
October 8, 2015
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.