Police still seek woman in Colorado Springs kidnapping case

By: Lisa Walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com
December 31, 2013 Updated: January 2, 2014 at 3:17 am
photo - Suzanne Cherri Capretz.
Suzanne Cherri Capretz. 

Police are still on the hunt for the female half of a pair wanted for allegedly holding two men captive in a home on the city's west side Dec. 19.

Timothy Ray Vigil, 42, was arrested Dec. 29 at a friend's house in Divide, according to the Teller County Sheriff's Office, but Suzanne Cherri Capretz, 39, remains wanted on suspicion of first degree kidnapping. She was arrested just a day before the kidnapping in an unrelated matter, according to the arrest affidavit for Vigil.

According to the affidavit, Capretz coordinated a violent ambush that left one of the victims with a broken hand.

Capretz allegedly asked the man, a reported acquaintance, to bring diapers to a home at the 300 block of South 18th Street, but when he and a friend arrived, he was attacked and threatened by two men for more than an hour.

According to the court documents, the victim's friend listened from another room while the gun-wielding attackers kicked, punched and threatened to sexually assault him with a pole.

Capretz also reportedly participated in the attack, holding a machete to the man's neck and threatening to kill him, the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, the man knew one of his attackers, who investigators believe to be Vigil. During the attack, Vigil allegedly demanded money from the man, who offered to get him $5,000 from a trust account controlled by his attorney. When that didn't pan out, Vigil reportedly agreed to let the man go, but only after threatening to kill his family if he didn't receive the money by the next morning. The victim's friend, who was being held captive by Capretz and an unidentified man while Vigil reportedly took the man to try to get money, was released when they discovered that he had not known the first victim for a long time. They threatened to kill him if he said anything to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP (7867).

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