Press Releases

Sheriff’s Office Asks for Help in Identifying Suspect in Forgery Case

November 25, 2015 - 9:50am

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying an unknown male suspect in connection with numerous check forgery cases in Denver area Costco stores. The unknown male is using Colorado Springs addresses in association with his possible aliases. Possible aliases for this individual are Roger Rudd and Roger Rupp.

Sheriff's Office Responds to Wildland Fire Near Rush

November 24, 2015 - 4:43pm

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at approximately 10:30 am, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a grass fire near Fossinger Road in Rush, Colorado.  Due to windy conditions, the fire spread rapidly and a coordinated response was initiated by El Paso County's Deputy Fire Warden.  Numerous departments from surrounding jurisdictions responded with firefighters, emergency medical personnel, traffic patrol and animal welfare units. 

Sheriff’s Office Ask for Help in Identifying Suspects in Burglary Case

November 24, 2015 - 12:30pm

On Sunday, November 22, 2015, at approximately 2:30 PM, two unknown suspects entered a home in southern El Paso County in the 9100 block of Avenida Hermosa Vw. The suspects then returned a second time on Monday, November 23, 2015 at approximately 6:00 AM to burglarize the home a second time. The homeowner was out of town during the burglaries. 

Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Identifying Suspect in Fraud Case

November 19, 2015 - 4:00pm

On October 5, 2015, an unidentified African-American female used the identity of a victim, who resides in El Paso County, to apply for a Costco membership in Westminster, CO. On the same day at another Costco in Superior, CO, the suspect purchased a computer with a fraudulent check belonging to the victim and returned it the same day obtaining cash back. The suspect then canceled the membership.

Deputy Sheriff Charged in Use of Force Incident

November 19, 2015 - 3:50pm


On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, a use of force incident occurred in the Intake and Release area of the Criminal Justice Center.  Information regarding this incident was reported and then given to the District Attorney’s Office for review. A criminal investigation was initiated due to the actions taken by Deputy Francisco Vasquez, in his official capacity as a Deputy Sheriff.

Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Formally Charged

November 16, 2015 - 3:10pm

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5:13 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a disturbance at the 5100 block of Lanagan Street in Colorado Springs.  Responding officers encountered an armed suspect who was approaching them and shots were fired. 

The suspect, Dana Bruce Ott, DOB: 5/08/52, of Colorado Springs, has been formally charged with the following:

 Five Counts of Felony Menacing (F5)
 Domestic Violence

Sheriff's Office Asking for Help in Identifying Suspect in Credit Card Fraud Case

November 12, 2015 - 4:45pm

Between October 28, 2015, at 6:45 PM, and October 29, 2015, at 6:50 AM, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked truck parked in the 600 block of Fay Drive in Widefield.  The suspect stole a wallet containing multiple credit cards.  The stolen cards were subsequently used at Sears, Burger King, Walgreens, Lowes, and paid a phone bill in Alabama.

Update on Officer Involved Shooting

November 11, 2015 - 1:50pm

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5:13 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a disturbance at the 5100 block of Lanagan Street in Colorado Springs.  Responding officers encountered an armed suspect who was approaching them and shots were fired.  

Sheriff's Office Seeking Whereabouts of Suspect Wanted for Crimes in Multiple Jurisdictions

November 10, 2015 - 4:55pm

Sean Michael Burrows is wanted by multiple jurisdictions for statewide crime sprees.  The Sheriff's Office is working with several jurisdictions from across the state in an effort to locate this individual.  The State of Colorado has issued arrest warrants for crimes including, but not limited to: Motor Vehicle Theft, Eluding, Failure to Appear, Failure to Comply, and a Probation Violation.

Nationwide Groupon Campaign Raises Over $335,000 for Law Enforcement K-9 Bullet and Stab Protective Vests

November 10, 2015 - 3:35pm

he El Paso County Sheriff’s Office’s K9s Nash, Axel and Blitz have received ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has rose over $335,000.00.   Axel is 5 years old, started with the agency June of 2010, and he is a German Shepherd Dog. Blitz is 5 years old, started with the agency in September of 2011, and he is a German Shepherd Dog. Nash is 2 years old, started with the agency in April of 2014, and he is a Malanois.

Sheriff’s Office provides update on Officer Involved Shooting

November 4, 2015 - 4:45pm

On Saturday, October 31, 2015, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Deadly Force Investigation Team (DFIT) was notified to respond to the area of Platte Avenue and Wahsatch Avenue, in Colorado Springs, with regard to an officer involved shooting.  As part of the Sheriff’s Office ongoing investigation the following information has been obtained:

Sheriff's Office Requests Publics' Assistance in Black Forest Homicide Investigation

November 3, 2015 - 4:50pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has received credible information that Maxwell Garihan may have hitchhiked from Greeley, Colorado to the north end of El Paso County on October 15, 2015.  Garihan is accused of killing Alan Havens and shooting Margaret Temple in the late evening hours of October 15 or the early hours of October 16, 2015.  He was known to hitchhike regularly in the Greeley area and did not have a vehicle.

Sheriff's Office gives update on Officer Involved Shooting

November 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

On October 31, 2015, at 8:45 AM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding shots fired in the 200 block of North Prospect Street.  Officers received a description of the suspect and his direction of travel.  Officers encountered the suspect at Platte Avenue and Wahsatch Street.  The suspect fired multiple shots at the officers.  CSPD officers returned fire and the suspect was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Officer Involved Shooting

October 31, 2015 - 2:10pm

On October 31, 2015, at 8:45 AM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding shots fired in the 200 block of North Prospect Street.  Officers received a description of the suspect and their direction of travel.  Officers encountered the suspect at Platte Avenue and Wasatch Street.  The suspect fired multiple shots at the officers.  CSPD officers returned fire.

Reward Offered for Information Regarding Damage to Expensive Wind Turbine

October 29, 2015 - 2:00pm

On or between 9/20/2015 and 10/23/2015, an unknown suspect(s) fired a single high powered rifle round at Turbine #35 in the Golden West Wind Energy Center in Calhan, Colorado.  Turbine #35 is located near the intersection of North Yoder Road and Heaston Road.  The damage to the turbine is estimated between $20,000 and $250,000 depending on the severity of damage.

Arrests made in rash of burglaries in the Meridian Ranch and Woodmen Hills Area

October 16, 2015 - 1:00pm

The Meridian Ranch and Woodmen Hills areas experienced a large rash of vehicle break-ins on Monday night, October 12, 2015, into Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Vehicles were entered and garage door openers, vehicle registrations, and several firearms were stolen. A silver Honda Odyssey van was also stolen and has not been located thus far.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Suspect in County's First Homicide Case

October 16, 2015 - 6:40am

At approximately 12:06 AM, October 16, 2015, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call reference shooting.  When deputies got on scene, they found a female who had a gunshot wound to the head.  They also found a deceased male with a gunshot wound to the head.  The dog was also shot.

Medicaid Partnership to Save Taxpayers Money

October 5, 2015 - 4:25pm

The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) to address the physical and mental health concerns of individuals released from jail in El Paso County.  The Board of County Commissioners will read a resolution of this partnership at their meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 9:00 AM.

Sheriff's Office and Colorado Springs Police Department Request Public Input on Body Worn Cameras

September 25, 2015 - 4:00pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department are working on adopting Body Worn Cameras for our agencies. As we move forward, we feel it is important to get input from the communities in which we serve on how, when and where cameras should be used.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Missing Female

September 23, 2015 - 4:30pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Laynee Madison Blair, DOB 3-17-93.  Laynee has been missing since September 16, 2015, at 4:30 pm when she left her Ute Pass home in a blue 2004 Honda Civic with Colorado License plate 481QRW.  Laynee has not been seen or heard from since.

Sheriff's Office Seeking Whereabouts of Employee in Robbery

September 23, 2015 - 3:25pm

On the evening of Monday, September 7, 2015, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Woodmoor Conoco located at 1949 Woodmoor Drive in regards to a robbery.  The Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate and speak with Ashley Keith DOB: 08-10-80, who was the clerk on duty the night of the robbery.

Suspect in Crime Spree Identified

September 16, 2015 - 4:50pm

The Sheriff's Office put out a Media Release yesterday regarding a crime spree which took place from the Monument to Cimarron Hills Area on Sunday, September 13 and Monday, September 14, 2015.

Community tips have allowed us to confirm the identity of one of the suspects, Nicole Laree Kirk, DOB: 3/13/96.  Nicole is 5'04" and weighs approximately 120lbs.  She has brown hair and green eyes.

Sheriff's Office Takes Dangerous Parole Violator Off the Streets

September 16, 2015 - 4:48pm

On September 15, 2015, at 4:20 PM, the Sheriff's Office Crime Reduction Unit and SWAT received a request from a Department of Corrections Parole Officer for assistance with an Attempt To Locate on Jashua Nathan Kresky, DOB 09/03/87.  Jashua had recently been released from prison and was currently wanted on several parole violations.  In addition, he is a person of interest in several motor vehicle thefts, second degree burglaries and auto break-ins occurring in both the City and County.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Assistance in Identifying Suspects in Crime Spree

September 15, 2015 - 3:55pm

At approximately 10:55 PM, on Monday, September 14, 2015, the Sheriff's Office received a call from a victim in the Monument area stating someone had broken into their vehicle.  The suspects fled in a dark colored vehicle.  At approximately 11:10 PM, the suspects entered a detached garage in the Black Forest area, but nothing was believed stolen.

Deceased Female Found in Black Forest Park Identified

September 11, 2015 - 2:50pm

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at approximately 1:30 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call to assist in a search for a missing 71 year old female in the Black Forest Area.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Missing Mother and Son

September 9, 2015 - 3:30pm

On September 8, 2015, the Sheriff's Office responded to a call of Check the Welfare.  The reporting party stated  she was very concerned about her daughter and grandson.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Robbery Suspect

September 9, 2015 - 2:40pm

On September 7, 2015, at approximately 9:00 PM hours, Deputies were dispatched to the Conoco Gas Station, located at 1949 Woodmoor Drive, in reference to a Robbery.  Units from Monument Police and Palmer Lake Police also responded.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Suspect in Credit Card Fraud Case

August 26, 2015 - 4:25pm

On August 26, 2015, an El Paso County resident realized their credit card was being used after checking their bank statement.  It was learned the card was fraudulently used by a lone unknown female at the Target Store located at 3810 Bloomington Street on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at approximately 3:55 PM.

The suspect purchased two iPads totaling $1,181.72, and attempted two more transactions with the stolen card, but those were declined.

Sheriff's Office Arrests Wanted Sex Offender Phillip Patrick Garnier

August 26, 2015 - 5:15am

The Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received an anonymous tip at approximately 12:21 AM, this morning stating the Mr. Garnier was seen at the Howard Johnson on South Nevada Avenue.  Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with Mr. Garnier, but he was unwilling to exit the motel.  After several attempts to get him to come out, the Sheriff's Office called and requested K-9 assistance from the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Sex Offender

August 25, 2015 - 4:55pm

The Sheriff's Office is actively looking for Phillip Patrick Garnier, DOB: 10/04/91.  He is wanted on two Felony Warrants; Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Failure to Comply with Probation.  Mr. Garnier plead guilty to Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust in 2014.

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