Fugitive arrested in connection to attack with homemade sword

By: matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com
January 23, 2014 Updated: January 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm
photo - Zillanz Winter Falcon (Fremont County Sheriff's Office)
Zillanz Winter Falcon (Fremont County Sheriff's Office) 

A Fremont County fugitive who allegedly tried to kill his son with a homemade sword on Sunday was tracked down Wednesday night in northern Colorado Springs.

Zillanz Winter Falcon, 51, was taken into custody shortly after 9 p.m. after Colorado Springs police were alerted by Florence law enforcement that Falcon was staying at a home near Woodmen Road and North Academy Boulevard. A truck matching the description of Falcon's vehicle was spotted in that area, and officers arrested Falcon without incident near the intersection of Woodmen and Academy.

According to Capt. Don Pinover of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Falcon traveled to his son's home near Florence on Sunday and confronted him. A fight broke out in the son's front yard, where Falcon allegedly chased his son and attacked him with a "52-inch homemade sword," according to the captain.

"He apparently struck the son hard enough to bend the blade of the sword," Pinover said.

According to Pinover, the son grabbed a large rock, hit his father in the head and ran into the house and called police.

Falcon fled and Florence police alerted southeastern Colorado law enforcement to "be on the lookout" for Falcon, who was initially taken into custody by Custer County Sheriff's deputies, Pinover said.

Falcon was treated a hospital for injuries to his head and released. Pinover said the investigation continued and an arrest warrant was issued Jan. 20.

Falcon, who according to court records also goes by the name James Henry Culver, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, felony menacing, assault and trespassing. He was being held in the El Paso County jail Thursday morning. Pinover said Falcon would be moved to the Fremont County jail.

Court records show that Falcon was sentenced to six years in prison in 2003 for manslaughter. He had been arrested in 2002 on suspicion of murder, but the charge was amended.

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