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July 20, 2016
Two arrested, third sought in connection with attempted assault on deputy

Jace Todd Gabriel Flores Abriana Montiel

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.

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June 17, 2016
Cause of death determined for former Pueblo County Jail inmate

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.

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May 27, 2016
Detectives arrest man wanted in shots fired incident

 

Joe Romero

                      Joe Romero

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.
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Two arrested in Incident of Shots Fired at Officers

Daniel Dedmon (1) Candelaria Dedmon

       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).

 

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May 26, 2016
Law Enforcement looking for suspects who fired shot at officers

Shots fired photo

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.

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May 19, 2016
Teenager arrested in armed robbery in Pueblo West

Frank D. Montano

Frank Montano

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.

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April 14, 2016
Arrests Made in South Pueblo County Illegal Marijuana Grow

Anaili Garcia ToledoEladio Hernandez Ponce Elio Hernandez Delgado

(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.

 

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April 11, 2016
Social Media Site Leads to LSD Drug Arrests

 

AUSTIN SHELMAN Mitchell Z. Elfert

 

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.

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April 3, 2016
Arson Suspected in Series of Wildfires Near Lake Pueblo State Park

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.

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March 3, 2016
Death Under Evaluation

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.

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