<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:25:57 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[1 of 2 suspects arrested after homemade bombs found in Colorado Springs park]]> http://gazette.com/1-of-2-suspects-arrested-after-homemade-bombs-found-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1560641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-of-2-suspects-arrested-after-homemade-bombs-found-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1560641?custom_click=rss

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection to two homemade bombs found Saturday in Garden of the Gods park in western Colorado Springs, police said Monday.

Zachary Sirko is accused of possessing an incendiary or explosive device, Colorado Springs police said.

Ashley Snyder, 21, also was named as a suspect; police said a criminal ticket has been issued for her.

The regional bomb squad and police officers responded to one of the city park's parking lots about 11:30 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of two chemical bottle bombs, police said in a news release.

According to several online websites, pressure begins to build once a certain mixture of chemicals is combined in the bottles.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:59:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Man who died at Colorado Springs parking garage is identified]]> http://gazette.com/man-who-died-at-colorado-springs-parking-garage-is-identified/article/1560643?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-who-died-at-colorado-springs-parking-garage-is-identified/article/1560643?custom_click=rss

A man who either fell or jumped from a downtown Colorado Springs parking garage last month has been identified as 31-year-old Erik Tobar, the El Paso County Coroner's Office said Monday.

The cause and manner of his death have not been released. Results from an autopsy report is expected in six to eight weeks, the Coroner's Office said.

Witnesses saw the man was smoking a cigarette on the roof of the garage at South Nevada and Colorado avenues about 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and then heard the man hit the ground, Colorado Springs Fire Department Lt. Juliet Stone said at the time of incident.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:07:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Family says man acted strangely before killing of boy, 2]]> http://gazette.com/family-says-man-acted-strangely-before-killing-of-boy-2/article/1560644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-says-man-acted-strangely-before-killing-of-boy-2/article/1560644?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD — Relatives say a man acted strangely in the weeks before he was charged with killing his 2-year-old cousin, who was found strangled with a cord inside a plastic storage bin.

Court documents released Monday show Roman Morales told his mother he killed Donnie Romelo Romero. Romero was found unconscious in a storage bin inside a suburban Denver apartment on Sept. 21. Police say an electrical cord had been wrapped around his neck.

Morales has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. A public defender representing Morales did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

His relatives told police he had used meth in the past.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:05:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Man arrested after foot chase through field in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/man-arrested-after-foot-chase-through-field-in-colorado-springs/article/1560633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-arrested-after-foot-chase-through-field-in-colorado-springs/article/1560633?custom_click=rss A man was arrested after he led an officer on a foot chase Sunday evening through a field just south of downtown Colorado Springs, police said.

James Patton allegedly picked up a landscaping rock and threw it through a window of a business about 6:20 p.m. on the 800 block of South Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs police said.

An officer later spotted the man walking on the 1300 block of South Nevada Avenue, police said. The man took off and led the officer "through a field and over several fences," police said.

Patton was caught in the lot of a business at the intersection of East Arvada and South Nevada avenues, police said.

He was arrested on suspicion of obstruction, resisting arrest, trespassing and criminal

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:05:18 -0600 <![CDATA[One person injured, 2 cars hit; Colorado Springs police investigate shooting]]> http://gazette.com/one-person-injured-2-cars-hit-colorado-springs-police-investigate-shooting/article/1560630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-person-injured-2-cars-hit-colorado-springs-police-investigate-shooting/article/1560630?custom_click=rss

A Monday drive-by shooting in a southeast Colorado Springs neighborhood left one man with a gunshot wound in the back and two vehicles with bullet holes, police said.

The victim in the shooting just before 2 a.m. at the intersection of Astrozon Boulevard and Jet Wing Drive was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Colorado Springs police said.

Police said the shots came from a vehicle traveling west on Astrozon Boulevard.

"Two vehicles that were parked in the shopping complex on the northwest corner of the intersection were damaged by the shots fired," police said in a report.

According to Gazette news partner KKTV, police were initially looking for a white Chevy Tahoe that drove away from the

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:45:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most wanted in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1560631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1560631?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.

Stephen James Arellano, 37, is described as a 175-pound man, 5 feet 2 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Arellano is being sought on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Rickie Darrington, 40, is described as a 165-pound man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. Darrington is being sought on suspicion of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Charles Arnet Davis Jr., 41, is described as a 208-pound man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. Davis Jr. is being sought on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 06:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Youth Lockups: Trouble behind bars in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/youth-lockups-trouble-behind-bars-in-colorado-springs/article/1560554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/youth-lockups-trouble-behind-bars-in-colorado-springs/article/1560554?custom_click=rss

Last summer, Fabian Quintana spent 22 days isolated in a cell, often for 23 hours a day, at Spring Creek Youth Corrections Facility in Colorado Springs.

He was 14 years old.

"I was kind of losing my mind," Fabian said, using a 15-minute phone call from Lookout Mountain Youth Corrections Facility, where he is now committed. "I was just looking up at the ceiling, trying to focus my mind. I was doing everything just trying to keep my mind busy. I would sit there and read the Bible. Even when they brought me my tray of food, I would sit there and take an hour to eat, so I'm not just sitting there and doing nothing.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 06:00:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Man shot while leaving house party in Colorado Springs, police say]]> http://gazette.com/man-shot-while-leaving-house-party-in-colorado-springs-police-say/article/1560596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-shot-while-leaving-house-party-in-colorado-springs-police-say/article/1560596?custom_click=rss

A house party in the Broadmoor area was abruptly interrupted early Sunday morning when a group of unknown men showed up, harassed party-goers with guns, and shot one man in the jaw, Colorado Springs police said.

The wounded man was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries; police did not release his name or updates on his condition on Sunday afternoon.

Just after 3 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to a home on Marland Place, a small dead-end road with fewer than 10 homes off Marland Road in the Broadmoor neighborhood, after reports that someone had been shot while leaving a house party.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:18:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Man arrested for allegedly waving gun at Colorado Springs playground]]> http://gazette.com/man-arrested-for-allegedly-waving-gun-at-colorado-springs-playground/article/1560599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-arrested-for-allegedly-waving-gun-at-colorado-springs-playground/article/1560599?custom_click=rss A man is facing child abuse, reckless endangerment and weapons charges after allegedly waiving a gun around at a playground, and then trying to run from police.

Colorado Springs police say 22-year-old Garrick Terrell was arrested about noon Saturday at the Whitney Young Manor Apartments, in the 2100 block of Delta Drive, reports Gazette news partner KKTV.

Officers were called there after witnesses reported seeing two men waving guns around in the playground area of the apartment complex.

A witness told police that one of the men had gone into one of the apartments.

When officers knocked on the door, a man matching the description of the suspect answered the door.

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:08:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Vehicle crashes into two Colorado Springs homes]]> http://gazette.com/vehicle-crashes-into-two-colorado-springs-homes/article/1560532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vehicle-crashes-into-two-colorado-springs-homes/article/1560532?custom_click=rss

"It was the scariest sound I've ever heard," Springs resident Javonte Nunm told 11 News after a car crashed into two homes Saturday morning.

The crash was reported shortly before 6 a.m. on the 1500 block of North Murray, near Palmer Park Boulevard.

"I was standing in my backyard, and all I heard was a loud sound, like a jet engine, and then a loud 'boom,'" Nunm said. "I come around the corner of the house, and all I see is dust and debris everywhere. I immediately get on the phone with 911."

Firefighters had to extricate one person from the vehicle, who was then taken to the hospital. Authorities say it's unclear if there was a second person in the vehicle who fled the scene, or if the occupant located in the vehicle

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:48:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Bomb squad called to Garden of the Gods to investigate pressure bombs]]> http://gazette.com/bomb-squad-called-to-garden-of-the-gods-to-investigate-pressure-bombs/article/1560541?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bomb-squad-called-to-garden-of-the-gods-to-investigate-pressure-bombs/article/1560541?custom_click=rss

The regional bomb squad went to Garden of the Gods Park in western Colorado Springs on Saturday morning to investigate reports of pressure bombs in one of the park's parking lots.

According to Colorado Springs police, the pressure bombs, made when chemicals are combined in plastic bottles, were found in the park at about 9 a.m. Police sent the regional explosives team to investigate. The bombs did not explode and only one parking lot had to be temporarily closed, police said.

The area was deemed to be safe and reopened by about 11:30 a.m. Police said they did not know how the pressure bombs got there. By early afternoon, officers were not sure who left the home-made explosives at the park.

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:47:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Survivor: Gunman spared student to take package to police]]> http://gazette.com/survivor-gunman-spared-student-to-take-package-to-police/article/1560539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survivor-gunman-spared-student-to-take-package-to-police/article/1560539?custom_click=rss

ROSEBURG, Ore. — As a 26-year-old killer gunned down victims inside a college classroom, he spared one student and gave him a package to deliver to authorities, according to the grandmother of a student who witnessed the deadly rampage in Oregon.

The grandmother, Janet Willis, said her granddaughter Anastasia Boylan was wounded in the Thursday attack and pretended to be dead as Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer kept firing, killing eight students and a teacher.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:42:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver police ordered to stop enforcing panhandling ban]]> http://gazette.com/denver-police-ordered-to-stop-enforcing-panhandling-ban/article/1560531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-ordered-to-stop-enforcing-panhandling-ban/article/1560531?custom_click=rss

DENVER — In the wake of a federal court ruling a Grand Junction panhandling ordinance unconstitutional, Denver police officers have been told by the police chief to stop enforcing the city's panhandling ban.

On Thursday, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Grand Junction's panhandling ordinance was too broad and curbed constitutionally protected speech.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1j62R8J ) that the permanent injunction in Grand Junction prompted Denver Police Chief Robert White to instruct all officers that they may not charge people for panhandling. The Denver City Council is considering a formal amendment to the ordinance.

The Colorado Springs Police Department has also suspended enforcement

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:44:38 -0600
<![CDATA[2 police cruisers hit in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/2-police-cruisers-hit-in-colorado-springs/article/1560530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-police-cruisers-hit-in-colorado-springs/article/1560530?custom_click=rss

Several Colorado Springs police officers escaped injury when a car ran into their cruisers while the officers were investigating a domestic disturbance on the side of the road.

The accident happened about 1 a.m. Saturday. The cruisers were stopped in the roadway with their emergency lights flashing.

The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old Jason Pope, was charged with careless driving, driving while texting and DUI.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:44:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado teen killed after being hit by vehicle fleeing police]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-teen-killed-after-being-hit-by-vehicle-fleeing-police/article/1560534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-teen-killed-after-being-hit-by-vehicle-fleeing-police/article/1560534?custom_click=rss GREELEY — A teenager has died after a vehicle fleeing a police officer crashed into his car Friday night.

Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said in a statement that the incident began when a Greeley officer attempted to stop an SUV for a traffic violation.

Police say the driver of the vehicle drove off and police called off the chase when it got too dangerous.

Tymkowych says the SUV hit another vehicle at a high rate of speed about four minutes later.

The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Riley Young, of Strasburg. A passenger was critically injured.

The suspect was also critically injured. He has not been identified.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:41:32 -0600