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Gazette Premium Content Goblins come out on Halloween

By Debbie Kelley Updated: November 2, 2013 at 6:03 am

Criminals tried to pull a lot of tricks on Halloween, but most were foiled and didn't get treats. From masked and gun-wielding robbers to a man whose "costume" was his birthday suit to two hotel robberies, Colorado Springs police responded to a flurry of dastardly deeds.

Just past noon Thursday, two men police say might have been getting ready to burglarize a home were caught before they could commit a crime.

While investigating a report of two suspicious men in a vehicle in the 7600 block of Hickorywood Drive, police discovered that the car, a white Honda Accord was a stolen vehicle. The suspects were nowhere to be seen, though.

When Jonathan Rutjes, 21, returned to the car, police arrested him on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft. The other suspect, Noel Ximenez, 33, lives in the neighborhood and police found him carrying a backpack containing burglary tools, a wig and an expandable baton. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing burglary tools.

On Thursday afternoon, vehicles parked at Red Rock Canyon Open Space on the city's west side were targeted for theft. Anthony Row, 25, allegedly stole purses from a car parked at the popular hiking spot. Police say while on patrol, they saw Row looking into parked cars, then enter an unlocked vehicle and allegedly steal two purses that had been left inside.

Officers chased Row after he returned to his vehicle and arrested him on suspicion of criminal trespass, identity theft, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest.

About 7:45 p.m. Thursday night, a 19-year-old man meeting a woman who he said owes him money had a front tooth broken by a semiautomatic handgun that was shoved into his mouth by robbers.

The victim told police that when he arrived in the 2700 block of East Uintah Street, five males attacked him.

One of the males placed a knife to the side of his head, while another thrust the handgun into his mouth, breaking off a portion of his front tooth.

The victim said the men struck him several times in his face and head, then stole his wallet, cellphone and house keys.

Police said the victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for multiple contusions and lacerations to his head and face.

The suspects got out of a gold-colored 1995-2000 Cadillac Deville just before the robbery and were 18-30 years old. All were wearing dark blue or black clothing with the number "13" on their clothing.

As trick-or-treaters were wrapping up their night, two masked men allegedly robbed homeowners in the 6100 block of Breeze Court at gunpoint.

Two black males unlawfully entered the residence just after 8 p.m., police said, and demanded money. Each suspect reportedly had a handgun. They were described as having stocky builds, wearing all-black clothing with masks. They fled and have not been caught.

After all the young ghosts and goblins were in bed, a man told police he was injured by a masked drive-by shooter about 10:30 p.m. near East Fountain Boulevard and South Chelton Road.

Police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

The victim said a white sedan drove by him with occupants wearing masks, and one of them shot him.

Incidents continued into the early hours of Friday.

Officers arrested 28-year-old Johnny Martinez at 5:45 a.m. for allegedly breaking a hallway window at Summer Grove apartment complex at 3955 Harmony Drive.

Martinez had jumped out of a second-story window, started a disturbance with other residents of the complex, then stripped his clothes and ran around the building naked, police said.

Martinez allegedly then began banging his head into a hallway window, breaking it. He was injured and taken to a hospital. Police suspect Martinez was under the influence of an unknown narcotic.

Two hotels were robbed Friday morning. Police are still looking for two men suspected of stealing cash about 5 a.m. from the Comfort Inn, 3115 Aerotech Drive.

Wearing dark clothing and bandanas over their faces, the men reportedly pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the front desk clerk and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, police said the suspects fled on foot.

Colorado Springs Police arrested 24-year-old Ian O'Neill on Friday morning for allegedly robbing the Embassy Suites Hotel, 7290 Commerce Center Drive.

A hotel employee walked in on O'Neill while he was taking items from an office at the hotel about 7 a.m. The woman in the office tried to stop O'Neill and pulled off his shirt and glasses before he fled.

Police discovered O'Neill walking on Interstate 25, wearing a makeshift poncho from cloth he found. O'Neill was arrested on suspicion of robbery and second-degree burglary.

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