Press Releases

Sheriff's Office Looking for Runaway

January 14, 2021 - 4:59pm

The Sheriff's Office is looking for 15 year old runaway, Shanay Ringenoldus.

Shanay is described to have brown hair, blue eyes, is 5' 6", and weighs approximately 110 pounds.

She has a tattoo of a heart on her chest, pierced nose, pieced top and bottom of each ear.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Drive-by Shooting Case

January 14, 2021 - 3:30pm

On January 3, 2021, at approximately 2:35 PM, deputies responded to a Shots Fired call in the intersection of North Dartmouth Street and Landoe Lane.  

It was reported two suspects who were inside of an older model maroon pickup truck confronted the victims then fired several gun shots at them. The photos of the truck are attached to this media release.

Immediately after the shooting, the suspects fled from the area. 

Sheriff's Office Investigates Aggravated Burglary Case

January 8, 2021 - 7:07pm

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at approximately 11:30 PM, two male suspects entered a property in the 400 block of De La Vista Circle and shot the homeowner.

The suspects fled from the area. The homeowner is recovering from his injuries.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to assist us in identifying the suspects.

Sheriff's Office Warns of Jury Duty Scam

January 8, 2021 - 5:45pm

The Sheriff's Office has received intelligence of a jury scam.  The caller threatens the individual they have missed Jury Duty, it's a Felony offense and need to pay fines in excess of $1,800.00.   After the money is deposited, they have to come to the Sheriff's Office to sign a waiver form.  

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrests on Sexual Assault Duo

January 6, 2021 - 7:05pm

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office began investigating a sexual assault which occurred in eastern El Paso County, Colorado.  The victim reported during the assault the suspects alluded to there being additional victims. 

Sheriff's Office Detectives with the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation extensively investigated this case. On January 6, 2021, members of the Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspects in the case.

Sheriff's Office Transitions to New Vendor for Video Visitation at the El Paso County Jail

December 31, 2020 - 12:55pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce we have changed video visitation vendors. This new system will be functional on laptops, tablets and smart phones; providing more opportunities to visit those who are incarcerated at the El Paso County Jail.

The new user information can be found at .

Barricaded Suspect Taken into Custody on Mortensen Road

December 29, 2020 - 9:37am

On December 28, 2020, a deputy was conducting follow-up on a Child Abuse case in the 7600 block of  Mortensen Road. Through his investigation, the deputy obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect who has been identified as Charles Dowling, DOB 10/18/83, for Felony Menacing, Child Abuse and Assault in the Third Degree.

Items Stolen from Sheriff's Office Vehicle

December 20, 2020 - 8:45am

Items Stolen from Sheriff's Office Vehicle

On December 20, 2020, at approximately 3:42 AM, a deputy notified supervisors, items were stolen from his patrol vehicle. The vehicle was parked at one of the Sheriff's Office buildings located in the 20 block of Vermijo Avenue. The deputy reported his outer vest, ballistic vest, and duty belt (with weapon) were stolen.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Theft Case

December 4, 2020 - 1:42pm

On November 17, 2020, between approximately 4:54 AM through 5:03 AM, a theft occurred at a business located in the 5800 block of Terminal Avenue. Two vehicles park near a 30 foot-long black enclosed trailer parked behind the business. One suspect exits the truck and two suspects exit the SUV and enter the trailer. The lock to the trailer was likely cut, but was not recovered on scene. Multiple tools were stolen from the trailer.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Burglary in 600 Block of Peterson Road

December 1, 2020 - 3:00pm

On November 16, 2020, between 4:45 AM through 5:30 AM, two suspects attempted to access vending and coin machines at a laundromat located in the 600 block of Peterson Road. 

The suspects are seen on surveillance video trying to break into a coin box at the business. This caused damage to the coin box by using a bolt-cutter. When the first suspect was unsuccessful, the second suspect attempts to access the coin box with the bolt-cutter and was also unsuccessful. 

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrests in Shooting on Longhorn Point

December 1, 2020 - 9:35am

On August 23, 2020, at approximately1:41 AM, the Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a shooting at a property in the 20000 block of Longhorn Point, located in unincorporated El Paso County, Colorado.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Theft Case

November 28, 2020 - 3:30pm

On November 27, 2020, between approximately 2:30 PM through 2:50 PM, a package theft occurred in the 5000 block of Old Stage Coach Road. The suspect vehicle drives up to the entrance of the driveway, exits vehicle, walks up to the victim’s porch and steals a package from it.

The suspect is described as a white male, in the age range of mid 50's through late 60's, short gray/white hair, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and light brown boots.

Sheriff's Office Investigating Attempted Murder Case

November 21, 2020 - 9:30pm

On November 21, 2020, at approximately 2:50 PM, deputies responded to the 900 block of Harbourne Street for a shots fired call.

Upon arrival, deputies learned the suspect had parked outside the victim's home and contacted the occupants. A short time later the suspect produced a handgun and attempted to rob the homeowners. One of the homeowners obtained a handgun and multiple gunshots were exchanged.  

Sheriff's Office Investigates a Theft Case

November 20, 2020 - 12:20pm

On November 18, 2020, at approximately 9:00 AM, a package theft occurred in the 6700 block of Mission Road. The suspect vehicle drives through the neighborhood, a suspect exits the passenger side of the vehicle. The suspect walks up to the victim’s porch and steals a package from it.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Vehicle Break-In

November 18, 2020 - 11:50am

On November 16, 2020, at approximately 3:13 AM, a vehicle break-in and theft occurred in the 5600 block of Alturas Drive. The suspect was seen on the victim’s home security camera footage standing on the rear driver side tire while opening the tool box in the truck bed and stealing tools. 

Sheriff's Office Investigating Officer Involved Shooting at Fort Carson Gate 2

November 5, 2020 - 1:45pm

On November 4, 2020, at approximately 4:45 AM, a Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) sergeant was flagged down by a citizen reporting a suspicious vehicle who had followed them for several miles in an aggressive manner.  The reporting citizen pointed out the suspect vehicle which was located in the area.  The CSPD sergeant attempted to contact the suspect vehicle but the vehicle fled the area. The sergeant called out over his radio to other units to be on the lookout.

The Sheriff's Office Continues to Investigate a Missing Person Case

November 3, 2020 - 1:07pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is asking for the public’s assistance locating Jane Mudder.  Jane is described as a 57 year old white female, 5’6”, 122 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She also has a dream catcher tattoo on her right arm.

Stage Two Fire Restrictions Downgraded to Stage One for Unincorporated El Paso County

November 2, 2020 - 10:25am

Sheriff Bill Elder has downgraded Stage Two Fire Restrictions to Stage One Fire Restrictions for all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The Stage I Fire Restrictions shall go into effect immediately and the following are prohibited:

1.      Open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed

         campgrounds and picnic grounds; charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas

More Staff Test Positive for COVID-19 at the El Paso County Jail

October 30, 2020 - 3:05pm

In the past 24 hours, 14 deputies have lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the current total of infected employees to 16 this week. All employees and inmates who have had direct or indirect contact, or other work-related contact have been notified. Approximately 412 employees and 300 inmates have been tested this week.

Two Deputies and Eight Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

October 27, 2020 - 6:20pm

In the past 24 hours two more deputies and eight inmates have lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. The deputies and inmates have been isolated and all employees and inmates who have had direct or indirect contact, or other work-related contact have been contacted and/or notified.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Theft Cases

October 27, 2020 - 9:45am

On October 21, 2020, between approximately 1:00 PM through 3:50 PM, packages were delivered to the 10000 block of Deer Meadow Circle as well as the 6000 block of Kettle Fire Trail. Shortly after the packages were delivered, the packages were stolen. No one else was seen in the area with the suspect, however the suspect was seen as a passenger in a vehicle on video footage.

Sheriff's Office Investigating Multiple Vehicle Break-ins

October 26, 2020 - 9:35am

In recent months, there has been an increase of vehicle break-ins at trail heads. Preliminary investigation has revealed suspects watching for victims to hide purses/wallets in their vehicle. They wait until it's clear then smash windows to steal those hidden items. In many instances they immediately go to a nearby store to use the stolen credit cards to purchase big ticket items as well as gift cards. 

Husband and Wife Duo Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Fraud

October 21, 2020 - 3:10pm

On April 13, 2020, detectives from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit apprehended Ryan Carneal, DOB: 6/1/76, when he arrived at the El Paso County courthouse for a hearing. Carneal has been charged with fourteen felonies related to identity theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, forgery, cyber-crimes and other fraud related offenses.  Mr. Carneal was sentenced on October 19, 2020, to 15 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Inmate Who Escaped from El Paso County Jail Back in Custody

October 18, 2020 - 7:25pm

On October 18, 2020, at approximately 11:45 AM, an inmate who was housed in the Sprung Structure on the El Paso County Jail campus scaled the barbed wire fence and escaped from custody of the El Paso County Jail.

Multiple resources from the Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies were deployed and the inmate was located in less than an hour, was treated for his injuries, and booked back into the jail.

Sheriff’s Office Asking for Assistance in Locating Suspect Involved in Shooting

September 30, 2020 - 4:30pm

On September 30, 2020, at approximately 4:16 AM, deputies were dispatched to a shooting in the 400 block of Crestridge Avenue.

Deputies responded to the area and located a gunshot victim. The victim was bleeding profusely. A deputy provided life saving measures and was able to control the bleeding prior to medical personnel arriving. The adult victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Sheriff's Office Arrests Suspect in Homicide Case

September 29, 2020 - 5:11pm

On May 13, 2020, at approximately 1:36 PM, our Communications Center dispatched Manitou Springs Police officers to El Paso Boulevard in Manitou Springs on a Check the Welfare call.  After arriving on scene, officers discovered a deceased male inside a residence.

Due to the suspicious circumstances found, Manitou Springs Police Department asked for the assistance of our Investigations Division.