Homicides in 2011 tie for an all-time high

November 28, 2011
photo - William "Josh" Landrum Photo by Colorado Springs Police Department
William "Josh" Landrum Photo by Colorado Springs Police Department 

With a month still to go, 2011 already ranks among the deadliest years in Colorado Springs’ history.

The city tied the record Monday when two weekend deaths, in unrelated incidents, were ruled homicides.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office ruled the deaths of William “Josh” Landrum and Jacob Seabright as the city’s 27th and 28th homicides, respectively.

This matches the record set in 1991 and then again in 2007. In 2010, there were 24 homicides.

According to police, Seabright was taken to Penrose Main Hospital early Friday by an unknown person. At the time, police didn’t know if his injuries came from an accident or an attack. He died Sunday at 12:27 p.m.

Police said the autopsy report is not complete and did not release information about how Seabright was killed.

But they knew enough, apparently, to make an arrest Monday. Police took into custody Tyler Theis, 25, who was being held at the El Paso County jail on a $200,000 bond. His advisement is set for 1:30 p.m. today.

His father, Richard Theis, told local news stations that the two were best friends and his son took Seabright to the hospital after a head injury. He said his son did not kill Seabright.

Theis has a criminal history that includes pleading guilty to charges of using a gun while drunk in 2006 and driving under the influence in 2008, according to Colorado court records.

The city’s 27th victim, Landrum, was found lying outside Hondo’s Sports Bar, 4695 Centennial Blvd., after a bar fight.

Police went to the bar about 2 a.m. Saturday to check on a reported disturbance. When officers arrived, they found eight to 10 people involved in a fight. Landrum was in the parking lot, unconscious and bleeding from the head. Witnesses told police that someone had hit him with a “softball-size” rock and then ran off.

No arrests have been made.

If you have any information about this incident, please call police at 444-7000 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 634-7867. You can also text police at 847411.

Contact Maria St. Louis-Sanchez: 636-0274 Twitter @mariastlous
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