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June 12, 2014
Violent Felon Apprehended

Luis_LopezJune 12, 2014: Just before 2:00 PM today, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, along with the US Marshals Service and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested an individual they had been attempting to locate for the last 2 ½  months.  The arrest occurred after members of the task force recognized Lopez’s truck in the Belmont area.  They followed the truck into the McDonald’s parking lot on Bonforte Boulevard.  As the suspect pulled around toward the drive-thru, several undercover vehicles blocked the path of his truck.  Detectives then ordered Lopez from the vehicle and took him into custody without incident.

29-year-old, Luis Fernando Lopez is wanted on several warrants including, Homicide, Menacing/Assault, and Fraud. Lopez’ criminal history included multiple violent crimes and although his criminal history prohibited Lopez from carrying weapons, law enforcement knew he often kept firearms in his possession. Lopez is being booked into the Pueblo County Detention Facility, where he will be held without bond on warrants.

PCSO Law Enforcement Captain David J. Lucero was on scene during the arrest. “It was great seeing everyone work together to get this violent offender off the streets.  We knew he was staying in the Pueblo area and, working off tips and as a team with the Violent Offender Task Force, the Pueblo Police Department and the Colorado Springs Police Department, we had him pinned down before he could hurt anyone else.  We are grateful for the support these agencies provided,” said Lucero.  “We definitely surprised him, he didn’t have time to react to our presence and that was just what we needed to get this done quickly and peacefully.”

The US Marshal’s Colorado Violent Offender Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement agencies whose primary task is to apprehend the most violent of wanted persons in our state.  They have been instrumental in the apprehension of multiple suspects throughout Colorado.  Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is an active participant in this Task Force.

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April 11, 2014
Parolee Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges

Valdez_BustApril 11, 2014: This Wednesday, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested 29 year-old, parolee Carlos Valdez on multiple felony charges.  The arrest was made after Pueblo Parole called PCSO in to assist with an ongoing investigation into Valdez.  Parole had been surveilling a mobile home on the 5000 Block of Red Creek Springs Road since they placed Valdez on Escape status through their office.

At the time of his arrest, Valdez had a large sum of money in his possession.  Recovered from inside the home was a Walther P-22 semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen in the city of Pueblo.  Investigators also seized over $3000.00 in cash and more than three grams of Heroin.  31 year-old Marquisa Ann Valdez, Carlos’ wife, was taken into custody as well.

Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor knows the partnership between state and local agencies has evolved into a necessity for public safety. “We have an excellent working relationship with the local parole office.  I am concerned about the state’s early releases from prison reoffending in communities across the state and ending up in local jails” says Sheriff Taylor, who has been working with other local leaders to identify solutions to the problems these offenders create.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Valdez have been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.  Aside from his Parole hold and the distribution charges, Carlos has been booked on theft, possession of a weapon by an offender, and special offender charges associated with the circumstances of the arrest. He is currently on Parole Hold in Pueblo County Jail.

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April 5, 2014
Anonymous Tips Lead to Three Felony Arrests

IMG952776April 5, 2014: The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has been investigating a home on the 1000 block of Linda Avenue for over six months. The investigation confirmed illegal activity at the home. The unit was able to obtain a search warrant based on the investigation.  At approximately 8:00 pm yesterday detectives arrived to execute the search warrant.

Arrested were 51 year-old Steven Wilson, 39 year-old Shane Smith, and 35 year-old Kimberlie Verigan.  The three will be charged with felony counts related to the search.  In addition, each had a previous felony conviction and/or outstanding warrants for their arrest. Verigan’s outstanding charges included two Department of Corrections escape warrants.  Smith is currently on probation. The home owner, Steven Wilson, had multiple arrest warrants from Pueblo and El Paso Counties. Any new felony charges will include special offender charges because each was a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing weapons and controlled substances.

Once the scene was secure and all three were in custody, detectives were able to search the home.  During the search they discovered Methamphetamine, digitals scales, US Currency, boxes of live ammunition, knives, machetes, semi-automatic handguns and shotguns.  Every gun found was loaded with live rounds in the chamber.

Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor knows the risks associated with entry during a search warrant execution. “This was a tough entry, every gun loaded and ready to fire, some with-in arms reach of the suspects”, said Taylor “The narcotics unit works with precision and as a team and that shows in their continued safety and success.”

All three have been booked into Pueblo County Detention Center pending court appearance.

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February 24, 2014
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest CSU-Pueblo Burglary Suspect

February 23, 2014:  Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 27-year-old Zachary S Hoffman for Felony Burglary and Felony Theft following a week-long investigation. Hoffman is a suspect in the CSU-Pueblo baseball clubhouse burglary that occurred last Monday evening. Deputies made the arrest without incident at the home of Hoffman’s parents in Pueblo West. Hoffman is currently being booked into Pueblo County Detention Facility, where he will be held on $50,000 bail.
On Tuesday, February 18, staff reported that someone had broken into the University baseball clubhouse and stolen more than $20,000 in property that belonged to coaches, players, and the university. Included in the theft were several autographed photographs of famous baseball players. Hoffman had reportedly been attempting to pawn these items at various pawn and sports shops throughout Pueblo last week without success. Outside one of the shops on Friday, February 21, deputies located Hoffman, who was wearing CSU-Pueblo practice gear that matched reported stolen items, and they asked for permission to search Hoffman’s vehicle. He refused, but deputies could see what appeared to be additional stolen items from the burglary through the windows and immediately impounded the car. They believed the clothing Hoffman was wearing also was stolen property, so they confiscated both the vehicle and the clothing in the parking lot.
A signed search warrant for the vehicle was obtained on Sunday morning and deputies executed it later in the day. During the search, they recovered many more of the items reported stolen. Those items included the autographed photographs, several items of clothing, a necklace, duffle bags, CSU-Pueblo hoodies and a jacket, sunglasses, and a pair of personalized CSU-Pueblo batting gloves. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Hoffman, who also is on probation for the felony charge of providing false information to a pawn broker, an unrelated case.

Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor is glad to have the suspect in custody and is hopeful that much of the property can be returned to the team. “We know this is frustrating to those players, many of whom consider that clubhouse their home away from home. I am proud of our guys for following the leads in this case to this conclusion. When the players got back

Zachary Hoffman

Zachary Hoffman

from their road trip today, they returned to some good news and it’s Lt. Bill Brown and the University deputies that made that possible.”

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December 29, 2013
Fugitive Mapps in Custody in Oklahoma

PCSO would like to thank the public, media, and law enforcement across the nation for their efforts! US Marshals and Oklahoma law enforcement arrested Mapps Saturday night.

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U.S. Marshals capture Harry Mapps in Oklahoma

December 29, 2013 – Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor and U.S. Marshal John Kammerzell announce the capture of fugitive Harry Mapps in Roland, Oklahoma. The operation to capture Mapps was conducted the evening of Saturday, December 28th by Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the Eastern District of Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force with the assistance of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Roland Police Department. Mapps was located and apprehended at a motel near Interstate 40 based on information developed by Deputy Marshals in Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Mapps was wanted by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office on a no bond nationwide extraditable warrant for three counts first degree Murder, and additional felony charges of Theft, Identity Theft, Forgery, and Arson. Mapps was also wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

“The successful outcome of this large-scale manhunt is a testament to the combined efforts of law enforcement across numerous states and jurisdictions.” said District of Colorado U.S. Marshal John Kammerzell. “I am honored that the Marshals Service could assist in bringing the alleged perpetrator of this horrific crime to justice.”

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor is grateful to law enforcement across the nation and is pleased to see Mapps returning to Pueblo County, “There are a lot of people who will breathe easier knowing Harry Carl Mapps is in custody and our gratitude goes out to the law enforcement agencies nationwide who worked to locate this fugitive, specifically those in the Roland community and the US Marshals Service. While our work isn’t done, there is certainly satisfaction in knowing we can begin this next phase of the case and that Mapps will soon return to Pueblo to answer for the crimes he has been charged with.”

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November 12, 2013
Arrests Made in Weekend Shooting

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.

Suspect Arrests:
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

Warrant Arrests:
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.”

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November 10, 2013
Pueblo West Woman Shot Overnight

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.

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September 30, 2013
PCSO Detectives Arrest Man from Weekend Hit and Run

September 30, 2013: Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have made an arrest in reference to an automobile-pedestrian accident that occurred over the weekend. On Saturday night at 11:00 PM citizens reported a hit-and-run accident to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center. The caller said two people had been run over after an altercation at a private party in Pueblo West. Deputies and Pueblo West Fire Department personnel responded to the area but the suspect had already fled. Witnesses say the man started a fight with another party goer and several other people at the party chased him out. When he left he ran over a couple that was standing alongside the 200 block of Cokedale Dr, the location of the party.

Both victims, 27-year-old Donald Miller and 22-year-old Heather Miller, were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The suspect was identified as Michael Browne (DOB 11/27/89), a friend of the man throwing the party. Deputies were able to confirm that Browne owned a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle. They responded to vehicles registered address early Sunday morning. There they found the car but a search of the residence did not locate Browne. The vehicle was impounded and is being held for evidence. Today at 2:00 PM, PCSO Detectives were able to locate and arrest Browne. He was taken into custody without incident and is being held in Pueblo County Detention Facility charged with:

Two counts – Vehicular Assault Class 5 Felony
Reckless Driving Class 2 Misdemeanor

One count of 3rd degree Assault has been added due to injuries sustained by a third victim before the hit and run occurred.

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Three Suspects in Custody for Late Night Burglary

September 30, 2013: Last evening at 9:30 pm, Lock and Load Publishing on Laser Dr in Pueblo West was burglarized. Within minutes deputies in the area stopped the suspects’ vehicle and, after a short foot pursuit of one suspect and a search for the other two, arrested three individuals. Stolen from the business were over $1,000 worth of video games and other miscellaneous retail items. During the break-in, suspects did approximately $4,000 in damage to a door and computer.

The business owner reported he was inside the building when the break in occurred. He secured himself inside a small room and dialed 911 after he heard a loud bang and voices in the back of the building. From where he was he could see a vehicle with the lights off back out of the property. Deputies in the area stopped the vehicle and one passenger fled on foot. The driver and another passenger then sped away, abandoned the car, and then attempted to hide in a dump truck parked on private property nearby.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies and Colorado State Patrol Troopers were able to locate all three suspects within an hour of the break-in. Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor commends the patrol unit and the troopers for their quick response and thoroughness. “Everyone did a great job. First responders in Pueblo are great at working as a team. If one agency has an opportunity to help the other, especially when it comes to the protection of our citizen’s and their property, we know we can count on one another.”

All three have been booked into Pueblo County Detention Facility on the following charges.

Brandon Bell DOB 04/18/86:
Second Degree Burglary Class 4 Felony
Criminal Mischief Class 4 Felony
Theft Class 2 Misdemeanor
Resisting Arrest Class 2 Misdemeanor

Briana Thomason DOB 08/01/93:
Second Degree Burglary Class 4 Felony
Criminal Mischief Class 4 Felony
Theft Class 2 Misdemeanor
Trespassing Class 3 Misdemeanor

Jon Jaquez 10/21/88:
Second Degree Burglary Class 4 Felony
Criminal Mischief Class 4 Felony
Theft Class 2 Misdemeanor
Trespassing Class 3 Misdemeanor

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