The suspect in a carjacking early Wednesday morning at the Pinon Rest Area north of Pueblo has been identified as Juan Carlos Villalobos Macias, 22, of Aurora.
The suspect was arrested near Las Vegas, N.M., a little more than three hours after he brandished a weapon, fired at least one shot and stole a 2010 Toyota RAV4 from the rest area on Interstate 25 near Mile Marker 112.
Deputies learned the suspect drove into the Pinon Rest Area at around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning in a silver GMC truck registered to his mother. Witnesses said the suspect parked the truck, got out and approached a female sitting in the passenger seat of a 2010 Toyota RAV4. The vehicle was running but the doors were locked. The driver of the vehicle was in the rest area building.
The female victim told deputies, the suspect approached the vehicle with a gun in his hand. She said he pointed the weapon at her but then pulled it back. She said she then heard gunshot but said the suspect did not fire the shot toward her. The suspect then broke the driver’s side window and got into the vehicle. The woman said she got out of the vehicle and ran toward the building. The suspect drove off southbound on Interstate 25. No one was injured.
While investigating the incident, deputies learned the suspect had left a truck at the rest area. Deputies found the truck and learned it belonged to a woman in Aurora. Deputies contacted the woman, who said her son sometimes drives the truck but said she did not know the whereabouts of her son or the truck.
At about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, deputies learned the stolen SUV was located near Las Vegas, N.M. and that one person had been taken into custody by New Mexico State Police. The suspect was arrested for several offenses in New Mexico.
In Pueblo County, an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect for aggravated motor vehicle theft, aggravated robbery and menacing with a deadly weapon. He remains in custody in New Mexico. The investigation is ongoing.
A 62-year-old man wanted in a menacing incident Wednesday night was arrested early this morning by Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies following an hours-long search for the suspect.
Thomas Tuckey was arrested without incident after deputies stopped him while driving near his home in the Vineland area.
Deputies had been looking for Tuckey since Wednesday evening after it was reported he threatened his wife with a gun at their home in the 38000 block of Hillside Road. Deputies responded to the home at about 8 p.m. on the menacing call but when they arrived Tuckey had left the residence. The victim told deputies she was talking on the phone at the home when the suspect came into the room with a rifle, loaded the weapon and made threatening statements to her. The victim said the suspect left the room and that’s when she ran from the home to a neighbor’s house to call for help.
Deputies, along with Pueblo Police Officers, searched several hours for the suspect in the area of the Hillside Road residence and on the Southside of Pueblo, where he was reported to have gone. At about 4 a.m. Thursday, deputies received information the suspect had returned to his home. Deputies responding to the call located the suspect driving in the 39000 block of Hillside Road, initiated a traffic stop and took him into custody.
The suspect was arrested for felony menacing, domestic violence and driving under the influence. He was booked in the Pueblo County Detention Center.
The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has learned that a suspect in a carjacking in Pueblo County early this morning has been arrested in Las Vegas, N.M.
The stolen vehicle also has been recovered, however details on the arrest and the identity of the suspect have not been released by New Mexico State Police.
Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a carjacking at the rest area on Interstate 25 near Mile Marker 112 at about 5:35 a.m. A woman told deputies she was sitting in the passenger seat of a 2010 Toyota RAV4 while the male driver was inside a rest area building when she was approached by the suspect.
The victim said the suspect walked up to the passenger side of the SUV brandishing a gun. She said she then heard at least one gunshot and saw the suspect run around to the driver’s side of the vehicle. She said the suspect broke the driver’s side window and got in the vehicle, at which point she got out of the vehicle and ran toward the building. The suspect drove off southbound on Interstate 25. No one was injured.
Sheriff’s deputies learned several hours later the stolen vehicle was located in New Mexico and one person was taken into custody. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250 or Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP.
December 14, 2016
One person is in custody and at least two others were being sought late Tuesday night (December 13, 2016) after they attempted to burn two patrol cars and then led law enforcement officers on a short pursuit through several North Side and Downtown neighborhoods.
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies, Pueblo Police and Colorado State Patrol officers patrolling on foot and in vehicles are searching along the Fountain Creek area near Highway 50 Bypass, where the suspects fled on foot after crashing their vehicle on northbound Interstate 25 following a short vehicle pursuit.
The incident began after a Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy was investigating a stolen vehicle report from a residence in the 27000 block of U.S. Highway 96. The deputy learned the vehicle had been located at a home in the 3000 block of Denver Boulevard on the North Side of Pueblo by Pueblo Police. Sheriff’s Deputies and Pueblo Police Officers, who responded to the Denver Boulevard home discovered a second stolen vehicle at that residence.
While sheriff’s deputies and police officers were investigating the stolen vehicles, it was reported that three suspects in a dark-colored SUV drove by the Denver Boulevard residence and threw an unknown accelerant and started a fire on the street near a Pueblo Police car and a Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy vehicle. The fire caused an unknown amount of damage to one of the vehicles.
Pueblo Police Officers patrolling in the area attempted to stop the suspect vehicle as it fled eastbound on 29th Street, winding through several neighborhoods in the North Side and Downtown areas. The pursuit continued onto northbound Interstate 25 when the driver of the suspect vehicle lost control and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle came to a stop on the railroad tracks near the off-ramp to U.S. 50 Bypass. The three suspects ran from the vehicle. One suspect was apprehended a short time later and is currently being questioned in connection with the incident. A search for the two other suspects is ongoing.
Police recovered guns, drugs, cash and other suspected stolen items from the suspects’ vehicle. An investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250, or Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP or www.pueblocrimestoppers.com.
July 20, 2016
Top (left to right) Jace Todd Gabriel Flores Bottom: Abriana Montiel
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two people and are searching for a third person of interest in connection with an incident Tuesday (July 19, 2016) afternoon where the driver of an SUV attempted to hit a deputy with the vehicle as the deputy was trying to contact the SUV’s occupants.
Deputies responded at about 3:30 p.m. to the 500 block of Neilson Road in Eastern Pueblo County after a resident reported a suspicious vehicle with two men and a women was stopped in the driveway of her home. When deputies arrived, they attempted to contact the vehicle’s occupants. The driver drove off at a high rate of speed and attempted to hit a deputy with the vehicle. The deputy was not injured. The driver then drove through a barbed wire fence and down into a river bottom where the SUV became disabled.
The two men ran from the SUV into a nearby wooded area. The woman was apprehended near the vehicle and taken into custody. The woman, identified as Abriana Montiel, 20, initially had given deputies a false name and date of birth. Montiel identified herself as the owner of the vehicle. Deputies later learned the owner of the SUV had reported it stolen to the Pueblo Police Department.
Sheriff’s deputies and Pueblo Police officers searched the area where the two men were last seen. It was reported one of the suspect had a handgun. After a short search, authorities found Jace Todd, 27, hiding in a barn. Todd, who was identified as the driver of the SUV, was taken into custody.
Law enforcement officers searched for several hours for the third individual, identified as Gabriel Flores, 19, but were unable to locate him late Tuesday. Flores is being sought as a person of interest in the case. He also is wanted on a warrant for probation violation.
Todd was arrested for first-degree assault on a peace officer, aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Montiel was arrested for aggravated motor vehicle theft and criminal impersonation.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the incident or Flores’ whereabouts is asked to call the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250 or Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP.
June 17, 2016
A medical examiner’s report concluded the death of a former Pueblo County Jail inmate, who died at a Denver hospital in February, was the result of natural causes.
The cause and manner of death of Joseph Jaramillo, 41, was released to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office on June 2, 2016, as part of a forensic autopsy report conducted after Jaramillo’s death on February 29, 2016.
Jaramillo was incarcerated at the Pueblo County Detention facility on February 24, 2016, when he suffered a medical emergency. Jaramillo was treated in the jail and transferred immediately to Parkview Medical Center. While he was in Parkview, a judge granted Jaramillo a PR bond and released him from the custody of Pueblo County. He was later transferred to a Denver hospital where he died.
At the time of Jaramillo’s death, inaccurate and speculative information was circulated through unedited social media venues as to the facts and circumstances surrounding his death.
Members of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a thorough investigation of Jaramillo’s brief incarceration and a forensic autopsy was performed which determined the cause and manner of Jaramillo’s death.
Throughout the investigative process, Sheriff’s officials maintained contact with the Jaramillo family’s legal representative to keep them apprised of the ongoing investigation. On June, 14, 2016, a complete copy of the investigative effort was made available to the Jaramillo family’s legal representative.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jaramillo family,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.
Based on the result from the medical examiner, the Sheriff’s Office has closed the investigation.
May 27, 2016
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.