<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:45:38 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Armed home intruder demands money from Colorado Springs residents]]> http://gazette.com/armed-home-intruder-demands-money-from-colorado-springs-residents/article/1615467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/armed-home-intruder-demands-money-from-colorado-springs-residents/article/1615467?custom_click=rss

Police are looking for an armed man who sneaked into a house in east Colorado Springs and tried to steal from the residents.

Police said a couple was sleeping in a bedroom in the basement of their home in the 4600 block of Enchanted Circle North about 8 p.m. when a man entered through the front door, which was unlocked.

The intruder confronted the couple in the basement and told them to face their pillows. He patted down the two and demanded cash.

The couple said they had no money, and man left on foot in an unknown direction.

Police arrived at the house after the intruder had fled.



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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:01:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Burglar rams through front of Colorado Springs pawn shop with his car, police say]]> http://gazette.com/burglar-rams-through-front-of-colorado-springs-pawn-shop-with-his-car-police-say/article/1615465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/burglar-rams-through-front-of-colorado-springs-pawn-shop-with-his-car-police-say/article/1615465?custom_click=rss

Police arrested a man accused of driving a car into a pawn shop Thursday night in northeast Colorado Springs.

James Rohrs, 60, is suspected of ramming into the front of Top Dollar Pawn at 6385 North Academy Boulevard with the intention of stealing from the shop, police said.

Rohrs fled the store in his car, police said, leaving behind shattered glass and other damage for employees to clean up.

Police found him a couple of blocks away and arrested him on suspicion of burglary and criminal mischief.



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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:41:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Memorial service planned for city's 25th homicide victim Alex Ainsworth]]> http://gazette.com/memorial-service-planned-for-citys-25th-homicide-victim-alex-ainsworth/article/1615492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/memorial-service-planned-for-citys-25th-homicide-victim-alex-ainsworth/article/1615492?custom_click=rss

In advance of a celebration of life for 18-year-old homicide victim Alex Ainsworth, his family wanted "everybody to see who Alex really was."

Obituary material submitted by his family described Alex as the "lifeblood of everyone."

"The world was a better place with him in it. Everything he touched was better for it. The sky was bluer, birds sang, flowers bloomed," his obituary read. "He makes everyone want to be a better person."

Alex was shot Oct. 26 in the parking lot of Family Dollar at 2325 E. Boulder St.. He died four days later in the hospital, becoming the city's 25th homicide this year. His celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 at Life Church, 1318 N. Circle Drive.

"All are welcome to



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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:40:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Sheriff's Office: Man wanted for attempting to steal a food truck generator]]> http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-man-wanted-for-attempting-to-steal-a-food-truck-generator/article/1615499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-man-wanted-for-attempting-to-steal-a-food-truck-generator/article/1615499?custom_click=rss

A man is wanted after he tried to steal a generator from a food truck in east Colorado Springs, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The man entered the property of Colorado Springs Commercial Kitchen, located at 6429 Omaha Boulevard, between 5:55 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. Nov. 5, the Sheriff's Office said. He used a bolt cutter to cut the padlocks on the food truck and tried to steal a red Honda generator, which can cost thousands of dollars.

He did not steal anything, the Sheriff's Office said.

The man is believed to be in his 30s, about 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds with a bald head and goatee. He was wearing a blue Broncos jacket, red shirt, blue jeans and red shoes.

He left in a 2003-2006 black GMC Sierra



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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:29:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Ex-con, wife charged in carjack killing of Chinese student ]]> http://gazette.com/ex-con-wife-charged-in-carjack-killing-of-chinese-student/article/1615484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-con-wife-charged-in-carjack-killing-of-chinese-student/article/1615484?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY — An ex-convict accused of gunning down a University of Utah student with a weapon stolen from a slain Colorado man was charged with aggravated murder, robbery and a dozen other counts on Thursday.

Austin Boutain, 24, hatched the deadly carjacking plot with his wife, who is also accused in the Colorado murder case, prosecutors said in court documents.

They watched cars for hours as Kathleen Boutain pointed out potential victims at a canyon near campus on Oct. 30. She eventually became frustrated at his reluctance to attack someone during daylight, called him a coward and the couple fought.

He pistol-whipped her and she walked down to the university to report him, authorities said.



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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:54:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Stolen car smashes into patrol car while trying to escape Colorado Springs police]]> http://gazette.com/stolen-car-smashes-into-patrol-car-while-trying-to-escape-colorado-springs-police/article/1615439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stolen-car-smashes-into-patrol-car-while-trying-to-escape-colorado-springs-police/article/1615439?custom_click=rss

A vehicle smashed into a patrol car Thursday morning while trying to escape officers in southwest Colorado Springs, police said.

Officers were trying to make contact with two people in a stolen vehicle about 11:35 a.m. in the 700 block of south 8th Street when the vehicle attempted to squeeze between a patrol vehicle and a guardrail "at a medium rate of speed," causing a crash, police said.

The officer in the patrol car wasn't injured.

Police said Nicole Whittle, 20, and John Wagner, 33, were inside the vehicle, which recently had been stolen out of Pueblo. Neither was injured in the crash, but both were arrested.

Wagner remained in El Paso County jail Thursday night on $1,000 bond and an out-of-county warrant



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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:32:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Man arrested, 12 others cited in offenses at Cañon City park]]> http://gazette.com/man-arrested-12-others-cited-in-offenses-at-caon-city-park/article/1615399?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-arrested-12-others-cited-in-offenses-at-caon-city-park/article/1615399?custom_click=rss

A 34-year-old man was arrested and 12 others were cited Wednesday following complaints about drug trafficking and disorderly conduct at a Cañon City park, police said.

Kenneth Elliot is suspected of distributing and possessing drugs, and a dozen other people - whose names were not released - received summonses for several offenses, including marijuana possession, careless driving, littering and smoking in public parks violation, police said. Their arrest and citations came after citizens reported to police the alleged activities at Rudd Park.

Officers and detectives with Cañon City police and the Fremont County Drug Task Force conducted the operation.



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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:01:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving DUI enforcement in Colorado starts Friday]]> http://gazette.com/thanksgiving-dui-enforcement-in-colorado-starts-friday/article/1615398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thanksgiving-dui-enforcement-in-colorado-starts-friday/article/1615398?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging drivers to stay put after a full Thanksgiving dinner and a few drinks.

As part of CDOT's The Heat is On campaign, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in the state - including El Paso County - will participate in a 10-day DUI enforcement period starting Friday.

In 2016, CDOT reported, six people died on Colorado roads during the Thanksgiving holiday, including one involving an impaired driving. During this time, 522 impaired drivers were arrested.

"We know Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and celebration, but we want Colorado's residents and holiday guests to understand that impaired driving will not be tolerated," said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT's



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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:53:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Police searching for 2 men in armed robbery in east Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/police-searching-for-2-men-in-armed-robbery-in-east-colorado-springs/article/1615390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-searching-for-2-men-in-armed-robbery-in-east-colorado-springs/article/1615390?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police are searching for two men who were armed when they robbed one person and tried to rob another early Thursday in an east Colorado Springs neighborhood.

Police said the men - dressed in gray hoodies and carrying black handguns - first approached a resident who was leaving for work in the 1500 block of Mount Everett Street and took the victim's wallet. They tried to steal the victim's car, but the robbers fled in a dark-colored sedan after the victim resisted.

About five minutes later, police said, the men tried to rob another victim who was walking his dog in the 2600 block of Waldean Street, but they drove off in the sedan after the victim "refused to give his wallet," police said.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:24:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Woman, 34, allegedly punches Colorado Springs police officer in face]]> http://gazette.com/woman-34-allegedly-punches-colorado-springs-police-officer-in-face/article/1615383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-34-allegedly-punches-colorado-springs-police-officer-in-face/article/1615383?custom_click=rss

A 34-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly punched a police officer in the face, police said.

The officer was left with minor injuries.

Toni Gibson is accused of second-degree assault on a peace officer and domestic violence offenses, police said. Officers responded about 8:30 p.m. to a fight between two adults at the Newport Square Apartments at 3780 Rebecca Lane in northeast Colorado Springs.

Gibson allegedly assaulted an officer during the investigation, police said.

No other details were released.



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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:10:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Man shot and killed in southern Colorado home, teen suspect turns himself in]]> http://gazette.com/man-shot-and-killed-in-southern-colorado-home-teen-suspect-turns-himself-in/article/1615382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-shot-and-killed-in-southern-colorado-home-teen-suspect-turns-himself-in/article/1615382?custom_click=rss

Pueblo police say a teenager suspected in a homicide in a home on Pueblo's east side has turned himself in.

Officers identified 15-year-old Johnny Dennel as a suspect. 11 News does not normally identify juvenile suspects, but the Pueblo Police Department asked us to share the suspect's photo during their search for him earlier in the week.

On Wednesday, Pueblo police announced Dennel had turned himself in at about 5 p.m. 

Investigators in the case say a 22-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday morning in a house on the 1400 block of East 6th Street. On Monday, the coroner identified the victim as Francisco Alcon. According to the witness who called 911, he and his son were in the home with the victim and at



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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:50:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Employee believed teen making threats at Colorado Springs Walmart 'was going to shoot']]> http://gazette.com/employee-believed-teen-making-threats-at-colorado-springs-walmart-was-going-to-shoot/article/1615349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/employee-believed-teen-making-threats-at-colorado-springs-walmart-was-going-to-shoot/article/1615349?custom_click=rss

A Walmart employee witnessed Jody Romero point what the worker believed to be a .22 caliber rifle toward at least three people during a shooting scare Monday night, newly released arrest records show.

Eric Douglas, who works loss prevention at the Walmart at 8250 Razorback Road, "believed that Mr. Romero was going to shoot the customers he was pointing the firearm at," the affadavit says. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.

Romero, 19, faces three charges related to the incident - felony menancing, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and theft. He was detained Monday and posted bail for $2,000 Tuesday.

The arrest affadavit says Douglas saw Romero walking through the store with a rifle he believed to be a "possible .22



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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:10:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Kelsie Schelling's ex-boyfriend arrested on charges unrelated to her disappearance]]> http://gazette.com/kelsie-schellings-ex-boyfriend-arrested-on-charges-unrelated-to-her-disappearance/article/1615348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kelsie-schellings-ex-boyfriend-arrested-on-charges-unrelated-to-her-disappearance/article/1615348?custom_click=rss

11 News has learned the ex-boyfriend of Kelsie Schelling, a pregnant woman who went missing in 2013,was arrested for aggravated robbery in Denver. Pueblo police say the arrest has no connection to the cold case involving Schelling's disappearance in Pueblo.

The arrest of Donthe Lucas comes less than one week after investigators announced they had new leads in Schelling's cold case. Authorities searched several areas in Pueblo for three days, the search yielded no signs of Schelling.

According to Capt. Kenny Rider with the Pueblo Police Department, there was a robbery that occurred back in September in Pueblo. Both Donthe Lucas and Duschon Lucas were arrested for the robbery. The two are brothers.



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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:22:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Police find California gunman's wife dead in their home]]> http://gazette.com/police-find-california-gunmans-wife-dead-in-their-home/article/1615339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-find-california-gunmans-wife-dead-in-their-home/article/1615339?custom_click=rss

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. — The wife of a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Northern California town was found dead inside their home, authorities announced Wednesday, raising the death toll from the attack to five.

Investigators discovered the body of Kevin Janson Neal's wife hidden under the floor. They believe her slaying was the start of the rampage, said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.

Neal shot and killed four other people and wounded 10 at different locations around the rural community of Rancho Tehama Reserve. Police later shot and killed him.

At the time of the attack, the gunman was out on bail after he was charged with stabbing a neighbor.



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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:21:12 -0700
<![CDATA[A Hawaiian man with 'a classic serial killer' profile escaped a mental hospital and flew to the mainland]]> http://gazette.com/a-hawaiian-man-with-a-classic-serial-killer-profile-escaped-a-mental-hospital-and-flew-to-the-mainland/article/1615331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-hawaiian-man-with-a-classic-serial-killer-profile-escaped-a-mental-hospital-and-flew-to-the-mainland/article/1615331?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU — A man acquitted of a 1979 murder by reason of insanity escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital over the weekend, took a taxi to a chartered plane in Honolulu bound for the island of Maui and then boarded another plane to San Jose, California, police said.

Randall Saito, believed to be in Northern California, is considered extremely dangerous and should not be approached, Honolulu police said late Tuesday.

Saito left the state hospital outside Honolulu on Sunday at 10 a.m. and didn't return, police said. Hospital staff called 911 to report his disappearance shortly after 7:30 p.m. — two hours after he landed in San Jose, police said. An all-points bulletin was issued at 8:30 p.m.



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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:55:56 -0700