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Iowa woman wanted in death of Springs man arrested

lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Published: February 26, 2014

The Iowa woman wanted in connection to the murder of a Colorado Springs man was stopped by an El Paso County sheriff's deputy while riding in a stolen car with loaded guns a day before the man was reported missing, according to court documents.

On Wednesday, 21-year-old Bionca Rogers, wanted on suspicion of first degree murder, turned herself in to authorities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about 100 miles away from Newton, Iowa, where 61-year-old Grant Michael Frazier's body was discovered Tuesday in a parked car.

The car had sat in an Newton apartment complex for days, according to the apartment manager.

Court documents say Frazier's son told police his father was last seen with Rogers at his home in Colorado Springs on Feb. 16, but investigators have not released information about whether Rogers and Frazier knew each other.

On Feb. 18, two days after Frazier disappeared, investigators said Rogers was in Newton, and that she had the missing man's cell phone. Court documents also say Rogers' family told investigators she "appeared to be running from something."

On Feb. 15, a sheriff's deputy pulled over a car near Venetucci Boulevard that was reported stolen. Rogers, along with her 4-year-old daughter, were passengers in the car. Two loaded guns were found in the car and Rogers' daughter was not in a car seat, court documents say.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of car theft, and also on an unrelated warrant. Another passenger, who investigators said is a convicted felon with gang ties, was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a handgun.

While police only found two guns during the search of the car, Rogers told police in an interview that she had wedged a third gun between the center console and the seat cushion, court documents said.

Officers recovered the gun from the car after it was given back to its owner.

Colorado Springs police later obtained warrants for Rogers on offenses including child abuse and unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon.

Rogershas a criminal history in Iowa spanning two years that includes disorderly conduct, assault on a peace officer and shoplifting while her child was present, according to court and public records.

The El Paso County District Attorney's office is working with Iowa officials to extradite Rogers, Colorado Springs police said.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether there are additional suspects in the case.

The cause and manner of Frazier's death has not yet been released.

Anyone with information can call Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000.

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