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Gazette Premium Content Fremont County manhunt ends in arrests of Manitou Springs couple

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: July 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

An overnight manhunt involving about 50 law enforcement officers and a K-9 team in Fremont County ended with the arrest of a Manitou Springs husband and wife suspected of a burglary that occurred Wednesday.

Raymond Wesley Lannigan, 47, and his wife, Kimberly Ann Lannigan, 47, were arrested near Garden Park, north of Canon City, following the intensive manhunt.

The incident began about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday when a woman reported that a man was inside her house just outside the Canon City limits when she arrived home, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said.

The man fled and got into a car with a female driver, deputies said.

The homeowner told deputies the burglar had stolen a shotgun and a loaded 9mm semi-auto pistol, but that she had not been injured.

Deputies spotted the getaway vehicle minutes later and gave chase. The suspects reportedly threw a pellet rifle at authorities, allegedly stolen from the victim's residence, said Don Pinover, spokesman for the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

The car drove through a fence and pulled behind a barn, where the man and woman fled on foot across a field into a heavily wooded area, Pinover said.

Law enforcement personnel from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Canon City Police, Florence Police K-9 Units, Colorado Department of Corrections and the Colorado State Patrol surrounded the area, set up roadblocks and checked area residences until dark.

Because the suspects were believed to be armed, a reverse 911 call went out in the area, urging residents to stay in their homes, lock their doors and report any suspicious activity, Pinover said.

Pinover said corrections search teams had just begun to search an area north of Garden Park when the Lannigans surrendered without resisting about 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

The Lannigans were booked into the Fremont County Detention Center and held on suspicion of first-degree burglary, felony theft, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, vehicular eluding, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and criminal trespass.

Raymond Lannigan's criminal history spans several counties in the state. According to court documents, he pleaded guilty to theft in Pueblo County in April, was charged with theft in December in Douglas County, was charged with possession of meth in March in Arapahoe County and was charged with theft in El Paso County, pleading not guilty July 8.

Records showed no criminal history in Colorado for Kimberly Lannigan.

They were each being held on $15,000 bonds, according to prison personnel.

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