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May 6, 2017
Man Arrested after Threatening Parents with Gun

 

brian buffington

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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Deputies Arrest Menacing Suspect

Thomas Tuckey

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.

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Deputies Investigating Carjacking at Rest Area North of Pueblo

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.

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December 14, 2016
Law Enforcement Officers Searching for Suspects

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.

 

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