<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:09:43 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Jurors reach decision in second portion of Aurora movie theater shooting trial]]> http://gazette.com/jurors-reach-decision-in-second-portion-of-aurora-movie-theater-shooting-trial/article/1556693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jurors-reach-decision-in-second-portion-of-aurora-movie-theater-shooting-trial/article/1556693?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial reached a decision Monday on whether to keep the death penalty as an option for gunman James Holmes.

The jury deliberated for less than three hours, starting Thursday after Holmes' parents made an emotional plea for their son's life because he is mentally ill. A court spokesman said the decision will be announced at 12:30 p.m. MDT.

The nine women and three men were asked to decide whether circumstances such as Holmes' mental illness, trouble-free childhood and lack of a prior criminal history mean he should be sentenced to life in prison without parole instead of death.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:07:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police investigating early morning shooting]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-investigating-early-morning-shooting/article/1556688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-investigating-early-morning-shooting/article/1556688?custom_click=rss

A man was found shot three times early Monday at a housing complex near downtown Colorado Springs, police said.

The man was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery for his injuries, said Lt. Catherine Buckley, a Colorado Springs police spokeswoman. He remains in critical condition, she said.

Following reports of a shooting just before 4 a.m., witnesses told police a white sedan left the area of 4 U Motel at South Nevada Avenue and East Las Vegas Street. Buckley said police have not confirmed if the vehicle is connected to the incident.

Police found one man with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the two-story building that advertises apartments. Police said he was conscious when they arrived.


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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:26:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Records detail intense investigation of suspect in bombing at NAACP building]]> http://gazette.com/records-detail-intense-investigation-of-suspect-in-bombing-at-naacp-building/article/1556664?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/records-detail-intense-investigation-of-suspect-in-bombing-at-naacp-building/article/1556664?custom_click=rss

Note: Gazette reporter Stephen Hobbs will have live coverage from the courtroom late Monday morning. Scroll down in this article to see tweets from @bystephenhobbs

For days, authorities tracked a man they believed had tried to bomb a Colorado Springs building.

They followed him to a retail store in Trinidad, monitored his home and reviewed more than two months of his cell phone records.

Although the explosive device caused no injuries and little damage, the case was high profile because of a possible target inside the building: the NAACP.

Thaddeus Murphy, 44, is expected to accept a plea agreement Monday in a hearing scheduled at the U.S. District Court in Denver.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:20:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most wanted in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1556695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1556695?custom_click=rss


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

Delfin Carrillo, 62, is described as a 130-pound man, 5-foot-3 inches tall, with gray hair and brown eyes. Carrillo is being sought on suspicion of menacing and attempted escape.

Sara Nichole Chavez, 23, is described as a 120-pound woman, 5-foot-2, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Chavez is being sought on suspicion of prohibited acts.

Terrence William Howard Davis, 19, is described as a 140-pound man, 5-foot-10, with black hair and brown eyes. Davis is being sought on suspicion of identity theft.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:05:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado motel evacuated after pepper spray incident]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-motel-evacuated-after-pepper-spray-incident/article/1556660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-motel-evacuated-after-pepper-spray-incident/article/1556660?custom_click=rss WHEAT RIDGE — Firefighters say a person using a pepper spray substance in room and hallway prompted an evacuation at a motel Saturday afternoon.

Three people at the American Motel in Wheat Ridge were taken to the hospital with respiratory issues and itchy eyes. Twenty people were treated on scene.

According to KUSA-TV (http://tinyurl.com/pvgpsu6), no one taken into custody. After the rooms and hallways were cleared, guests were allowed back inside.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:45:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police: Man shoots self in leg while cleaning gun]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-man-shoots-self-in-leg-while-cleaning-gun/article/1556641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-man-shoots-self-in-leg-while-cleaning-gun/article/1556641?custom_click=rss A man shot himself in the leg while trying to clean his weapon Saturday night, Colorado Springs police said.

Police say the shooting happened before 7 p.m. at the Peak Apartments in the 4400 block of East Pikes Peak Avenue.

The man was cleaning a gun when it discharged, putting a bullet in his leg. Officers said the man was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

The man's name wasn't released.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:14:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Deputies: Security burglary spree ended in rollover wreck]]> http://gazette.com/deputies-security-burglary-spree-ended-in-rollover-wreck/article/1556628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deputies-security-burglary-spree-ended-in-rollover-wreck/article/1556628?custom_click=rss

An early morning burglary spree in Security on Saturday ended in a car chase and rollover wreck, El Paso County deputies said.

The Sheriff's office said that before 4 a.m. a diminutive burglar wiggled through a pet door at a home on Estrella Vista Street and nabbed the keys to a 2007 Dodge Magnum. It was one of several similar burglaries in the neighborhood, deputies said.

Deputies later spotted the Dodge on Highway 85 and gave chase when it sped away.

"The vehicle lost control and rolled, coming to rest on its tires on Security Boulevard at Chatfield Drive," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

After the wreck, the occupants of the vehicle ran away. Deputies later caught a teenage girl who had what they

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:08:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Lawyers: Colorado Springs detective's arrest 'undermines' cases]]> http://gazette.com/lawyers-colorado-springs-detectives-arrest-undermines-cases/article/1556630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawyers-colorado-springs-detectives-arrest-undermines-cases/article/1556630?custom_click=rss

Allegations that could shatter a homicide detective's credibility could have serious consequences for cases he has investigated, Colorado Springs defense attorneys say.

Colorado Springs Police Department Detective Paul D. Patton was arrested Monday on suspicion of falsely accusing a kidnapping victim of stalking him after she threatened to tell someone about their sexual relationship. Patton, 39, was assigned as the lead investigator in her kidnapping case after it was reported to police Sept. 3.

One man accused of kidnapping her has been convicted and sentenced, and a second faces trial in September.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:56:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Man sought since 2012 for failing to register as sex offender arrested]]> http://gazette.com/man-sought-since-2012-for-failing-to-register-as-sex-offender-arrested/article/1556629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-sought-since-2012-for-failing-to-register-as-sex-offender-arrested/article/1556629?custom_click=rss

A 39-year-old man accused of failing to register as a sex offender who was wanted since 2012 was arrested Friday in Douglas County, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported.

Toby Mohr, wanted on three warrants out of El Paso County for failing to register as a sex offender, was arrested by Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies about 10 p.m., according to a news release. He was later booked into the El Paso County jail.

Mohr was the on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's 100 most wanted sex offender list.

He pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust in 2004, according to court records.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:43:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Boulder police: Witness with concealed gun thwarts murder attempt outside church]]> http://gazette.com/boulder-police-witness-with-concealed-gun-thwarts-murder-attempt-outside-church/article/1556619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boulder-police-witness-with-concealed-gun-thwarts-murder-attempt-outside-church/article/1556619?custom_click=rss

Police describe Heriberto Haro-Luna, drunk and incensed, confronting his recently estranged wife in a Boulder church parking lot, trapping her by the neck and threatening to slit her throat as she uttered final prayers.

It was just before 6 p.m. Thursday, and an employee of Sacred Heart of Jesus, at 14th Street and Mapleton Avenue, happened to be walking to his car — with his concealed handgun — as the confrontation simmered.

He knew the woman, and he watched closely from a short distance as a verbal argument became physical and eventually turned into what police are now calling an attempted murder.

They say the church employee — who hasn't yet been identified — thwarted Haro-Luna's attack and

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:35:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Woman testifies she stabbed Colorado Springs man to stave off rape]]> http://gazette.com/woman-testifies-she-stabbed-colorado-springs-man-to-stave-off-rape/article/1556610?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-testifies-she-stabbed-colorado-springs-man-to-stave-off-rape/article/1556610?custom_click=rss Bionca Rogers said she felt desperate to save herself and her daughter when she pulled a knife from her boot and stabbed Grant Frazier to death.

Moments earlier, Frazier had pulled down his pants and began masturbating, Rogers testified on Friday in her murder trial. "I didn't want to freak," she told a packed courtroom. "I didn't want him to rape me. I didn't want him to touch me."

Rogers, 22, is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and murder after deliberation in connection with Frazier's death Feb. 16, 2014.

His 61-year-old body was discovered nine days later in the trunk of his white Mitsubishi Galant in the parking lot of a Newton, Iowa, apartment complex.

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]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[El Paso County man arrested on suspicion of harboring teen runaway]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-harboring-teen-runaway/article/1556604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-harboring-teen-runaway/article/1556604?custom_click=rss

Devonte Price, 20, was arrested Thursday in relation to a missing juvenile case, according to an El Paso County Sheriff's Office release.

In an interview with detectives, Price said he knew Sabrena Waite was a runaway and helped her hide. Waite was found within 24 hours of the Sheriff's Office posting her information on social media on July 14.

Price was arrested on suspicion of harboring a runaway, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and accessory to second degree burglary, the Sheriff's Office said.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:30:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Charges levied against two Colorado Springs men arrested in teen's death]]> http://gazette.com/charges-levied-against-two-colorado-springs-men-arrested-in-teens-death/article/1556592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/charges-levied-against-two-colorado-springs-men-arrested-in-teens-death/article/1556592?custom_click=rss

Two of the three people arrested in the homicide of Desmond Smith, a 14-year-old Colorado Springs boy, have been formally charged.

Raymond Rogan Jr., 18, was arrested on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder. He has been charged with that as well as 12 other counts.

Rogan Jr. allegedly told his uncle one of Smith's friends had stolen his cellphone while they were all at Memorial Park late on the evening of July 17 or early July 18. Kirven and a friend allegedly piled everyone back into the car, and Kirven shot out the window at the three boys, striking and killing Smith as the teens fled. Rogan was the driver, according to court records.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:39:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years]]> http://gazette.com/baltimore-killings-soar-to-a-level-unseen-in-43-years/article/1556587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baltimore-killings-soar-to-a-level-unseen-in-43-years/article/1556587?custom_click=rss

BALTIMORE — Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

The 43rd recorded homicide was Jermaine Miller, 18, who was shot in the head just before noon the day before.

With his death on Friday, this year's total homicides reached 187, far outpacing the 119 killings by July's end in 2014. Non-fatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July's total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:05:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Four arrests made in Colorado Springs parking lot fight]]> http://gazette.com/four-arrests-made-in-colorado-springs-parking-lot-fight/article/1556573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/four-arrests-made-in-colorado-springs-parking-lot-fight/article/1556573?custom_click=rss

Four people, including a juvenile, have been arrested in a large fight at a shopping center parking lot last weekend, Colorado Springs police said.

Terrance Williams, 35, Corey Williams, 33, and Jacolby Williams, 18, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon, police said. The juvenile's name wasn't released.

Police said 15 people from two groups were in a violent exchange at a shopping center on the 3800 block of Astrozon Boulevard near South Academy Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.

Four people were injured, two with facial cuts and puncture wounds in their legs, police said.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:50:47 -0600