<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:26:02 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier accused of assaulting prostitute]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-assaulting-prostitute/article/1543499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-assaulting-prostitute/article/1543499?custom_click=rss A Fort Carson soldier accused of trying to strangle a prostitute was arrested about two weeks after he went to a Colorado Springs police station to ask if they were investigating him, court records show.

Sgt. Nilark Bates, 22, of Augusta, Ga., - a decorated medical laboratory specialist with more than four years of military service - was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony attempted murder, robbery and menacing and misdemeanor solicitation for prostitution.

According to court records, a woman told police that on Nov. 28, she agreed to have a "quick visit" with Bates at a Colorado Springs hotel in exchange for $100.

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Sgt. Nilark Bates, 22, of Augusta, Ga., - a decorated medical laboratory specialist with more than four years of military service - was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony attempted murder, robbery and menacing and misdemeanor solicitation for prostitution.

According to court records, a woman told police that on Nov. 28, she agreed to have a "quick visit" with Bates at a Colorado Springs hotel in exchange for $100.]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:25:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Community discussion on law enforcement and trust Monday night]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/community-discussion-on-law-enforcement-and-trust-monday-night/article/1543497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/community-discussion-on-law-enforcement-and-trust-monday-night/article/1543497?custom_click=rss A discussion of how law enforcement can build trust and community relationships in the aftermath of recent events in Ferguson, Mo., will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.

Members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Springs, Fountain and Pueblo police departments and the NAACP will attend.

Business owners, students and others are also expected to be there.



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A discussion of how law enforcement can build trust and community relationships in the aftermath of recent events in Ferguson, Mo., will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.

Members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Springs, Fountain and Pueblo police departments and the NAACP will attend.

Business owners, students and others are also expected to be there.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:19:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most wanted in the Pikes Peak region]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1543483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1543483?custom_click=rss

Wanted

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.

Randolph Brown, 35, is described as a 6-foot-3, 170-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Brown is being sought on suspicion of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, second-degree assault-domestic violence.

Clarence Huckaby, 68, is described as a 6-2, 240-pound man with gray hair and brown eyes. Huckaby is being sought on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

Leroy Donald Jodon, 50, is described as a 5-7, 130-pound man with blond hair and blue eyes. Jodon is being sought on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender.



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Wanted

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.

Randolph Brown, 35, is described as a 6-foot-3, 170-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Brown is being sought on suspicion of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, second-degree assault-domestic violence.

Clarence Huckaby, 68, is described as a 6-2, 240-pound man with gray hair and brown eyes. Huckaby is being sought on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

Leroy Donald Jodon, 50, is described as a 5-7, 130-pound man with blond hair and blue eyes. Jodon is being sought on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:06:20 -0700
<![CDATA[6 teens cited for trespassing in Colorado Springs]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/6-teens-cited-for-trespassing-in-colorado-springs/article/1543452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/6-teens-cited-for-trespassing-in-colorado-springs/article/1543452?custom_click=rss Six teenagers, three under the age of 18, were cited for trespassing early Sunday morning after Colorado Springs police found them hiding in an abandoned building in central Colorado Springs.

Just before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a burglary alarm at 777 Vondelpark Drive, formerly a Champions Golf and Games store. Officers searched the building and found the six teenagers inside, police said. Police did not release the names of the 16-year-old and the two 17-year-olds who were cited. The three other teens - police did not specify their ages, but two are 18 and one is 19 - Dalton Porterfield, Jacob Walker and Thomas Souza, were all also cited.

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Just before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a burglary alarm at 777 Vondelpark Drive, formerly a Champions Golf and Games store. Officers searched the building and found the six teenagers inside, police said. Police did not release the names of the 16-year-old and the two 17-year-olds who were cited. The three other teens - police did not specify their ages, but two are 18 and one is 19 - Dalton Porterfield, Jacob Walker and Thomas Souza, were all also cited.]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:35:01 -0700 <![CDATA[AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ap-sources-cops-killer-angry-at-chokehold-death/article/1543411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-sources-cops-killer-angry-at-chokehold-death/article/1543411?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

Police said he approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head.



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NEW YORK — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

Police said he approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head.

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:58:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Authorities say Colorado man died after struggle with son]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/authorities-say-colorado-man-died-after-struggle-with-son/article/1543449?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-say-colorado-man-died-after-struggle-with-son/article/1543449?custom_click=rss NEW CASTLE — Authorities say a Garfield County man died following a struggle with his son at a home near New Castle.

Anthony Padia was being held on suspicion of second-degree murder of 65-year-old Leon Padia.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/nqxpo4x) a relative saw the young man put his hands around his father's neck.

The official cause of death is still pending.



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NEW CASTLE — Authorities say a Garfield County man died following a struggle with his son at a home near New Castle.

Anthony Padia was being held on suspicion of second-degree murder of 65-year-old Leon Padia.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/nqxpo4x) a relative saw the young man put his hands around his father's neck.

The official cause of death is still pending.

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:24:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs salvage yard fire burns numerous vehicles]]> By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-salvage-yard-fire-burns-numerous-vehicles/article/1543415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-salvage-yard-fire-burns-numerous-vehicles/article/1543415?custom_click=rss A fire at an automotive salvage lot in south Colorado Springs burned 32 vehicles Saturday, according to Capt. Mark Parker of Stratmoor Hills Fire Department.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen for miles in the sky as dusk fell.

Stratmoor Hills Fire Department initially responded to the 4 p.m. emergency call at U-Pull and Pay Salvage, 3745 S. Highway 85/87. Fort Carson firefighters and Colorado Springs Fire Department also arrived on scene to help extinguish the blaze.

"Once we had a water supply established, it only took about 10 minutes" to get it under control, Parker said.

The business was open at the time the fire started, but no injuries were reported, he said.

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A fire at an automotive salvage lot in south Colorado Springs burned 32 vehicles Saturday, according to Capt. Mark Parker of Stratmoor Hills Fire Department.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen for miles in the sky as dusk fell.

Stratmoor Hills Fire Department initially responded to the 4 p.m. emergency call at U-Pull and Pay Salvage, 3745 S. Highway 85/87. Fort Carson firefighters and Colorado Springs Fire Department also arrived on scene to help extinguish the blaze.

"Once we had a water supply established, it only took about 10 minutes" to get it under control, Parker said.

The business was open at the time the fire started, but no injuries were reported, he said.

The cause of the fire is under

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:32:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Good Samaritan retrieves woman's purse from snatcher in Colorado Springs parking lot]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/good-samaritan-retrieves-womans-purse-from-snatcher-in-colorado-springs-parking-lot/article/1543412?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/good-samaritan-retrieves-womans-purse-from-snatcher-in-colorado-springs-parking-lot/article/1543412?custom_click=rss A Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a woman whose purse was snatched from her Friday night at Chapel Hills Mall.

The woman was in the mall parking lot about to get into her car when she was shoved and had her purse stolen, Colorado Springs police said. The robber ran away but was chased by another man who saw the incident. The Good Samaritan got the purse away from the snatcher and returned it to the woman. He told the woman to get into her car, lock it and call police before he left the scene without giving his name, police said.

An investigation is ongoing.

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]]> A Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a woman whose purse was snatched from her Friday night at Chapel Hills Mall.

The woman was in the mall parking lot about to get into her car when she was shoved and had her purse stolen, Colorado Springs police said. The robber ran away but was chased by another man who saw the incident. The Good Samaritan got the purse away from the snatcher and returned it to the woman. He told the woman to get into her car, lock it and call police before he left the scene without giving his name, police said.

An investigation is ongoing.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado man found dead after confrontation with law enforcement]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-man-found-dead-after-confrontation-with-law-enforcement/article/1543409?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-man-found-dead-after-confrontation-with-law-enforcement/article/1543409?custom_click=rss WALSENBURG — Walsenburg police say a man accused of firing shots in the air after confronting the Huerfano County sheriff has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

Capt. Vince Suarez said Saturday that James Stetler apparently killed himself after police tried to arrest him.

Police say Stetler confronted Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman on Thursday complaining about government issues and was chased off the sheriff's property. Police say Stetler fired four to five gunshots into the air as he left.

Police say they spotted Stetler driving away from his home on Friday and gave chase. Stetler drove home and a standoff began.

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WALSENBURG — Walsenburg police say a man accused of firing shots in the air after confronting the Huerfano County sheriff has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

Capt. Vince Suarez said Saturday that James Stetler apparently killed himself after police tried to arrest him.

Police say Stetler confronted Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman on Thursday complaining about government issues and was chased off the sheriff's property. Police say Stetler fired four to five gunshots into the air as he left.

Police say they spotted Stetler driving away from his home on Friday and gave chase. Stetler drove home and a standoff began.

Suarez says the standoff ended Saturday when police entered the home and found

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:45:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs couple accused of decorating yard with stolen holiday decorations]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gaztte.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-couple-accused-of-decorating-yard-with-stolen-holiday-decorations/article/1543383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-couple-accused-of-decorating-yard-with-stolen-holiday-decorations/article/1543383?custom_click=rss

Police said they thwarted two Grinches on Friday.

A husband and wife were arrested around 5 p.m.after allegedly stealing holiday decorations, and then displaying the pilfered goods in their own front yard, police said.
Jeremy Lewallan, 18, and his wife, Carrie Lewallan, 42,, were arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

Officers found several Christmas decorations, including inflatable characters and lighted figures, after issuing a warrant for the home on the 4400 block of Anjelina Circle North, in southeast Colorado Springs, police said.

Police believe the thefts occurred in the surrounding neighborhood and officers are in the process of returning the stolen decorations.



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Police said they thwarted two Grinches on Friday.

A husband and wife were arrested around 5 p.m.after allegedly stealing holiday decorations, and then displaying the pilfered goods in their own front yard, police said.
Jeremy Lewallan, 18, and his wife, Carrie Lewallan, 42,, were arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

Officers found several Christmas decorations, including inflatable characters and lighted figures, after issuing a warrant for the home on the 4400 block of Anjelina Circle North, in southeast Colorado Springs, police said.

Police believe the thefts occurred in the surrounding neighborhood and officers are in the process of returning the stolen decorations.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:27:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Court roundup: Springs man pleads guilty in killing; man in court hate-crime case]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/court-roundup-springs-man-pleads-guilty-in-killing-man-in-court-hate-crime-case/article/1543384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-roundup-springs-man-pleads-guilty-in-killing-man-in-court-hate-crime-case/article/1543384?custom_click=rss One of two men accused of stabbing a man to death in July pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this week, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

David Harris, 31, of Colorado Springs on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing 39-year-old Edward Futch.

According to court records, the stabbing stemmed from allegations of sexual abuse of two children, one who had been touched inappropriately and another who had been allowed to watch porn.

Futch's wife told police that she'd never seen the two men who knocked on the door and stabbed her husband when he opened it, court documents state.

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David Harris, 31, of Colorado Springs on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing 39-year-old Edward Futch.

According to court records, the stabbing stemmed from allegations of sexual abuse of two children, one who had been touched inappropriately and another who had been allowed to watch porn.

Futch's wife told police that she'd never seen the two men who knocked on the door and stabbed her husband when he opened it, court documents state.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:10:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs man convicted of sexual assault]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-convicted-of-sexual-assault/article/1543375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-convicted-of-sexual-assault/article/1543375?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs man was found guilty Friday of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man in April.

A jury convicted Justin Hatfield, 39, of sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact after a weeklong trial.

During opening statements Tuesday, the victim, now 20, told the court that Hatfield had stalked him for a week and had planned the hourslong assault, which occurred inside the victim's car. The Gazette does not typically name victims of sexual assault.

Hours before the assault, Hatfield had complimented the victim, a 7-Eleven employee, on how he'd handled a situation involving an angry customer, and they briefly smoked cigarettes outside together.

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A jury convicted Justin Hatfield, 39, of sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact after a weeklong trial.

During opening statements Tuesday, the victim, now 20, told the court that Hatfield had stalked him for a week and had planned the hourslong assault, which occurred inside the victim's car. The Gazette does not typically name victims of sexual assault.

Hours before the assault, Hatfield had complimented the victim, a 7-Eleven employee, on how he'd handled a situation involving an angry customer, and they briefly smoked cigarettes outside together.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:10:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs family shaken by home invasion]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-shaken-by-home-invasion/article/1543391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-shaken-by-home-invasion/article/1543391?custom_click=rss Armed men wearing bandannas and trench coats broke into a home in Colorado Springs Friday evening, police said.

A home invasion on the 1000 block of Montrose Avenue, near Southgate Road, about 6:30 p.m. left a family "visibly shaken," Colorado Springs police said. According to emergency radio traffic, there were children in the house.

Family members told police the men forced their way into the home and demanded items from the house.

The men, armed with handguns, fled on foot, and have not been found, police said.

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A home invasion on the 1000 block of Montrose Avenue, near Southgate Road, about 6:30 p.m. left a family "visibly shaken," Colorado Springs police said. According to emergency radio traffic, there were children in the house.

Family members told police the men forced their way into the home and demanded items from the house.

The men, armed with handguns, fled on foot, and have not been found, police said.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:45:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Aurora theater shooter's parents plead for his life]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/aurora-theater-shooters-parents-plead-for-his-life/article/1543346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aurora-theater-shooters-parents-plead-for-his-life/article/1543346?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.

The statement released by Robert and Arlene Holmes emphasized a key legal issue in the tortured history of the case — James Holmes' mental state when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others, and whether he should die if convicted of the crime.

"He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness," the parents wrote in just their second public comments since the 2012 attack. "We have always loved him, and we do not want him



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DENVER — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.

The statement released by Robert and Arlene Holmes emphasized a key legal issue in the tortured history of the case — James Holmes' mental state when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others, and whether he should die if convicted of the crime.

"He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness," the parents wrote in just their second public comments since the 2012 attack. "We have always loved him, and we do not want him

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:22:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, soliciting prostitution]]> BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-arrested-on-suspicion-of-attempted-murder-soliciting-prostitution/article/1543325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-arrested-on-suspicion-of-attempted-murder-soliciting-prostitution/article/1543325?custom_click=rss A Fort Carson soldier who allegedly strangled a 21-year-old woman he met for escort services last month has been arrested, according to Colorado Springs police.

Nilark Bates, 22, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and soliciting prostitution, according to court records.

Police said the victim posted an escort advertisement online and arranged a "quick meet" with a man in exchange for money the day after Thanksgiving.

During the meeting, police said the man became "agitated" and allegedly strangled the woman until she lost consciousness.

Detectives with the human trafficking unit responded to reports of the assault, at a hotel room at the 4300 block of Sinton Road, shortly after 10 a.m. on Nov.



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A Fort Carson soldier who allegedly strangled a 21-year-old woman he met for escort services last month has been arrested, according to Colorado Springs police.

Nilark Bates, 22, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and soliciting prostitution, according to court records.

Police said the victim posted an escort advertisement online and arranged a "quick meet" with a man in exchange for money the day after Thanksgiving.

During the meeting, police said the man became "agitated" and allegedly strangled the woman until she lost consciousness.

Detectives with the human trafficking unit responded to reports of the assault, at a hotel room at the 4300 block of Sinton Road, shortly after 10 a.m. on Nov.

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