Two men wanted in string burglaries arrested

by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Published: January 8, 2014 | 8:25 pm
photo - Nathaniel Flavio Gonzales, left, and Gino Patrick Rael.
Nathaniel Flavio Gonzales, left, and Gino Patrick Rael.

Two men suspected in a string of Colorado Springs home burglaries were arrested Wednesday after crashing their car in Walsenburg the night before.

Colorado Springs Police have been on the hunt for Nathaniel Gonzales and Gino Rael, both 20, since late December. The two were considered to be armed and dangerous after allegedly stealing guns and other items during a series of daytime burglaries around Colorado Springs.

Both men, along with a 16-year-old male who was travelling them, were arrested after rolling their car near the intersection of Walsen Avenue and Pine Street around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Walsenburg Police Capt. Vince Suarez said.

According to witnesses, the men were driving 80 mph on a 30-mph, two-lane road, when they passed a vehicle and then crashed in front of a Family Dollar store after trying to avoid oncoming traffic.

When police arrived, they learned the three had freed themselves from the damaged car and ran.

About 1 a.m. Wednesday, Walsenburg police picked up an injured Gonzales as he was walking north along Interstate 25. About 5 hours later, Rael and the teenager were found waking north along the highway. They were only a few miles from the crash scene, Suarez said.

They were booked into the Huerfano County Jail where they remained Wednesday evening.

Colorado Springs investigators drove to Walsenburg Wednesday to interview the men and are still investigating.

According to court documents, Rael is a suspect in an Oct. 29 home break-in several blocks north of Constitution Avenue and Murray Boulevard.

Gonzales is suspected of pawning jewelry stolen from a home in the Mountain Shadows area on Nov. 4. According to court documents, a "team" of people believed to be members of the Northside Mafia gang were involved in the Oct. 29 break-in, in which a stolen car was used to steal $3,000 worth of items.

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