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August 7, 2017
Pueblo County Sheriff’s SWAT assists Baca County on Barricaded Subject

On Wednesday evening, the Baca County Sheriff’s Office, was faced with a serious situation. A man wanted for a felony, was inside his home, threatening officers and refusing to come out of the house. Faced with the situation for several hours and limited staffing in their small community, Baca County Sheriff Dave Campbell looked to his neighbor, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor for additional resources.

At the direction of Sheriff Taylor, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team assembled and responded to the home of the suspect. The nearly three-hour drive to bring the manpower and equipment was part of the regional response philosophy long held by Sheriff Taylor.

Once on scene, tactical members worked alongside the Baca County Sheriff, Undersheriff, and deputies. At approximately midnight, the man voluntarily walked out of the house and was taken into custody.

Baca County Undersheriff Chris Griffin, credits the mutual aid response with the peaceful resolution, “The equipment and personnel that our partners in Pueblo County brought with them was a huge asset,” said Griffin, “if they hadn’t responded I doubt it would have gone as good as it did.”

The recently acquired Pueblo County SWAT vehicle was purchased in part, with Homeland Security dollars. When the grant money was requested Sheriff Taylor looked forward to this type of regional support becoming part of the vehicle’s mission, “In southeastern Colorado, we are small communities with limited manpower and money. The ability to pull regional resources together to get things done has to be the standard.”

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team is comprised of Sheriff’s Office members and volunteers who specialize in strategic tactics, weapons, negotiations, and medical care in critical situations.

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July 31, 2017
County Resident Openly Growing Marijuana is Arrested

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Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, July 28, an anonymous caller reported what appeared to be dozens of marijuana plants growing in plain sight at the 300 block of 25th Lane. Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded and confirmed the plants were marijuana and that the resident appeared to be in violation of CRS 18-18-406 (3) A.I. Cultivation of Marijuana a Class 3 Felony.
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the scene where 60-year-old Brian Shives told detectives he was growing as a “caregiver” but wasn’t able to provide paperwork supporting his claim. Detectives counted more than 85 plants on the property, well over the allotted number.
After obtaining a search warrant, the Sheriff’s office confiscated the majority of the plants. Once inside the home, detectives discovered evidence of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) manufacturing.
Shives was taken into custody and will be charged with Drug Felony 3, Cultivation of marijuana and Drug Felony 1, Manufacturing Hash Oil.


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Quick Response Reunites Victims with Personal Items

A woman in the 200 block of Del Ray Drive in Pueblo West called Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center shortly after 3 am to report a door open and wallet missing from a car that was parked inside her garage. PCSO deputies heading to the address noticed a teen walking away from the area and contacted him. The juvenile was carrying the woman’s wallet, a prescription bottle for a different neighborhood resident, and several other items.
The suspect admitted to the deputies that he had snuck out of his home to visit a friend. While walking to his friends house he tried opening the doors to different automobiles along the way. If they were unlocked, he took the things he wanted.
Law Enforcement Bureau Chief David J. Lucero knows thefts like these can often be prevented, “Theft from a vehicle is most often a crime of opportunity. Citizens should always keep their car doors locked and never leave money or other items in plain sight. “It is like leaving bait on a hook.”Lucero said the deputy’s quick response and alertness meant a swift resolution to the incident.

The juvenile and his mother cooperated with deputies and helped return any stolen items to the rightful owner. Deputies released the juvenile to the custody of his mother. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office will be referring charges to the District Attorney’s Office. Since the prescription drug recovered was an opiod synthetic, the juvenile could be charged with theft and felony possession of a narcotic.





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May 6, 2017
Man Arrested after Threatening Parents with Gun


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A 28-year-old man was arrested Friday afternoon after he threatened his parents with a gun when they refused his demands for money.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home in the 23000 block of Iris Road at about 1:30 p.m. on a report of a family disturbance. When deputies arrived, they contacted a 49-year-old man who said his son, identified as Brian Buffington, came to his residence asking for money and said he needed it to pay a debt. The victim said he and his wife refused to give Buffington money. Buffington then entered the home and pulled a gun from his waistband and again demanded money. The victim said he told Buffington to leave the home or he was going to call the police. Buffington walked out of the residence and got into a vehicle, driven by a 21-year-old man, and left the area.

The victim said after calling police, he was able to obtain a license plate number for the vehicle. Pueblo County Sheriff’s communications officers aired the license plate number to sheriff’s deputies who were en route to the call. Deputies located and stopped the vehicle in a parking lot in the 1700 block of Santa Fe Drive. Authorities reported seeing two men run from the vehicle.

Pueblo Police and the Colorado State Patrol assisted deputies in searching for the two men. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Kenneth Higgins was apprehended in the 800 block of Delta Street in Blende. Higgins told deputies he gave Buffington a ride to the home and was not aware of the threats Buffington had made to his parents. Higgins was arrested on several outstanding warrants and booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

Colorado State Patrol Troopers located Buffington in a field just east of the 1800 block of Lacrosse Avenue and took him into custody without incident. Deputies recovered a black handgun that was in the vehicle where Buffington had been sitting. The gun was later determined to be an air-soft gun.

Buffington was arrested on aggravated robbery, a restraining order violation and indecent exposure. He was booked into Pueblo County jail.

An investigation is ongoing.

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March 26, 2017
Alabama Escapee Arrested at Pueblo County Home

Austen Williams Sandra Brooks


Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man wanted for escape in Alabama after he was found at a Pueblo County home earlier today.

Deputies met with detectives from Lawrence County Alabama at the Acorn Store, 108 Baxter Road, where they learned that Austen Williams, 28, and Sandra Brooks, 38, who is believed to have helped him escape from a work detail, were staying at a home in the 800 block of Baxter Road. While at the store, Alabama detectives saw Brooks, 38, drive up in a vehicle and go into the store.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies contacted Brooks, who confirmed Williams was at the home on Baxter Road. Brooks was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. She has been booked into Pueblo County Detention Center on a warrant from Alabama.

Deputies then responded to the suspect’s residence and found Williams outside doing yard work. He was arrested without incident. Williams was booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center on the escape warrant and is awaiting extradition to Alabama.

Williams had been wanted since March 2 after he escaped from a work detail in Lawrence County.

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March 24, 2017
Deputies Arrest Another Two Suspects Attempting to Burglarize Pueblo West Home


Randy J. Mosier

Randy Mosier

Angel Paniagua

Angel Paniagua

For the second time in a week, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended and arrested individuals attempting to burglarize a Pueblo West home that had been the site of an illegal marijuana grow in 2016.

Earlier today, deputies responded to a home in the 300 block of West Mangrum Drive after an alert neighbor called to report there were individuals at the home, which has been vacant for several months.

When deputies arrived, they found a truck parked at the residence which had been reported stolen out of Pueblo County. As deputies approached the home, one suspect ran from the home on foot and then stole a bicycle and fled the area. The suspect, identified as Randy Mosier, 30, was apprehended by deputies a short time later near the area of Inca Drive and Falcon Drive. Mosier was arrested for first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary and resisting arrest. He also was arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants.

A second suspect was hiding in the house. A sheriff’s K9 unit sent a dog into the home who was able to locate the suspect, identified as Angel Paniagua, 51. Paniagua was taken into custody without incident. Paniagua was arrested for first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, resisting arrest and violation of a restraining order. He also was arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants.

Mosier and Paniagua have been booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center.

Today’s incident is the third time in four months that deputies have interrupted a burglary in progress and arrested suspects at the vacant home.

On March 12, deputies arrested four people at the home after responding to a call on a possible burglary in progress. In that incident, the suspects were caught loading marijuana grow equipment into a U-Haul parked at the residence when deputies arrived. In November 2016, three people were arrested after they were found taking items from the home.

In April 2016, detectives executed a search warrant and found an extensive illegal marijuana grow operation in the home.

It is unknown at this time whether any of the burglaries are related. An investigation is ongoing.



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March 9, 2017
Sheriff’s Office Investigates In-Custody Death

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death this morning of a 34-year-old man in the Pueblo County Sheriff’s judicial intake area.

The man was arrested Wednesday night by a Colorado State Patrol Trooper on suspicion of driving under the influence and was transported to jail intake in the Dennis Maes Judicial Building.

Deputies had just finished the booking process and the man, who was cooperative, was preparing for transfer to the Pueblo County Detention Center when he suffered a medical emergency. Medical staff onsite attempted life-saving measures but were unable to revive the victim. Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures were followed. An autopsy is pending.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor and his staff express condolences to the family.

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March 8, 2017
Wanted Man Arrested After Short Pursuit that Ended on CSU-Pueblo Campus

Lou Trujillo-Arbour Lou Trujillo-Arbour

Jessica Martinez Jessica Martinez

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Detectives assisted by Pueblo Police Officers and the U.S. Marshals Colorado Violent Offenders Task Force arrested a wanted man this afternoon following a short pursuit that ended on the southern edge of the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus.

Lou Benjamin Trujillo-Arbour, 28, was being sought on no-bond warrants for possession of a controlled substance and vehicle theft. The Southern Colorado Safe Streets Task Force recently featured Trujillo-Arbour as one of its most wanted individuals.

Sheriff’s Detectives learned Trujillo-Arbour was at a home in the Belmont neighborhood. Detectives went to the home at which time they saw Trujillo-Arbour get into a vehicle driven by Jessica Rae Martinez, 32, and leave the area. Detectives followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it as it traveled north on Bonforte Boulevard toward the CSU-Pueblo campus.

As the vehicle proceeded toward campus, a detective used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver and successfully disabled and stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Bonforte and Bartley Boulevards. Trujillo-Arbour got out of the vehicle and ran a short distance before he was apprehended by deputies. He was taken into custody without incident.

In addition to the felony warrants, Trujillo-Arbour also was arrested for resisting arrest. Martinez was arrested for vehicular eluding.

Trujillo-Arbour and Martinez were booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center.

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March 4, 2017
Inmates Attack Deputies in Two Incidents in Pueblo County Jail

Jerry Ponce  Jerry Ponce

Anthony Medina Anthony Medina

Mario Vigil Mario Vigil

Three Pueblo County Sheriff’s Detention Deputies sustained minor injuries Friday morning in two separate incidents involving unprovoked attacks by inmates.

The first incident occurred at 3:30 a.m. when inmate Mario Vigil, 44, requested to speak with a deputy in private. The deputy granted the request and while speaking to Vigil, the inmate attacked the deputy and attempted to strangle him. During the physical altercation, Vigil was able to disarm the deputy of his Taser. While armed with the Taser, Vigil unsuccessfully attempted to operate an elevator with the intention of escape. A second deputy was attempting to stop the escape and while doing so was shot with the Taser by Vigil. Despite Vigil’s actions, the deputy was successful in thwarting the escape and taking Vigil into custody and control.

In a separate incident at about 6:30 a.m., inmates Anthony Medina, 33, and Jerry Ponce, 36, refused to give up contraband and threatened two deputies with physical harm if they attempted to retrieve the items from their cell. When deputies entered the cell, Medina and Ponce assumed a fighting stance at which time one of the deputies deployed a Taser to gain compliance. One deputy suffered minor injuries in this incident. Ponce and Medina were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries and have returned to the jail.

It’s unknown whether the two incidents were related. Charges are pending. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

“I am proud of the bravery and professional response my deputies displayed while confronting this potential threat to themselves and to public safety,” said Detention Bureau Chief Jeffrey Teschner. “Situations involving inmate resistance and defiance to facility rules have become more common as the result of sustained overcrowding at the jail.”

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said “These attacks are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come if we don’t figure out a way to get some relief in the jail with regard to overcrowding. At some point the bough will break and we’re very close to reaching that point.”

“But for the dogged determination of this entire shift, this incident could have ended much worse,” Taylor added.

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December 29, 2016
Carjacking Suspect Identified

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.

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