Press Releases

California Abducted Children Found Safe and Unharmed, Mother Arrested

November 5, 2018 - 3:02pm

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, an Amber Alert was issued for 11-year-old Priscilla Penaloza and 1-year-old Alexander Penaloza, who police say was taken by their mother, Diana Moreira, during a supervised visit in San Jose, California.  They were reported to be in a grey 2012 Mini Cooper sedan driving to the Colorado Springs area.

Victim Found Near Pikes Peak Barr Trail's Golden Stairs Identified

November 2, 2018 - 11:34am

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, at approximately 1:00 PM, deputies responded to an area near Pikes Peak Barr Trail’s Golden Stairs in reference to an unidentified female who was found deceased on the side of the mountain.

The Coroner has identified the victim as Rebecca Maxfield, DOB: 05/22/87.  The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Coroner’s Office once they have received all the information to make a ruling.

Pink Patch Project Raises Over $12,000 for Memorial Hospital Foundation - Circle of Hope Fund

November 1, 2018 - 9:49am

The Sheriff's Office will be presenting a check to the Memorial Hospital Foundation - Circle of Hope Fund on Friday, November 2, 2018, at 9:30 AM, at the Office of the Sheriff, 3rd Floor Community Room, located at 27 E. Vermijo Avenue. 

Mother Arrested in Connection with Two-Year Old Shooting

October 30, 2018 - 1:05pm

On Sunday, October 21, 2018, deputies were dispatched to the 1500 block of Hartford Street in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived on scene they were flagged down by the parents of the two-year-old.  The mother had the child in her arms.  Life saving measures were initiated and the child was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sheriff's Office Encourages Halloween Safety

October 30, 2018 - 10:00am

In an effort to make Halloween a safe and enjoyable holiday for all citizens, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office provides the following safety tips:
 
• Children should be supervised or accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Children and adults should wear reflective clothing or a reflective vest.
• Carry a flashlight.
• Do not enter the homes of anyone you do not know.
• Travel in groups and practice the “buddy” system.

Fourth Arrest Made in Homicide on Tranters Creek Way

October 27, 2018 - 9:55am

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 11:02 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the 6400 block of Tranters Creek Way saying multiple shots were fired and a male party was lying on the sidewalk.

Behavioral Health Connect Program (BHCON) Quarterly Statistics

October 25, 2018 - 1:22pm

On July 1, 2018, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office launched a five-year grant funded Behavioral Health Connect Program, also known as BHCON (pronounced Beacon).  The program pairs an El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy with a Licensed Behavioral Health Clinician from UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital. The unit responds to emergency calls for service determined to have a behavioral health issue as a primary factor.

Sheriff’s Office Announces Citizens’ Academy Graduation

October 24, 2018 - 10:18am

Sheriff Bill Elder is pleased to announce the graduation of 29 citizens from the Sheriff’s Office Fall Citizens’ Academy Class 2018-2.  The citizens completed a seven-week academy that offered participants a unique insight into the various functions of the Sheriff’s Office.  Topics included criminal investigations, officer safety, jail operations and emergency services.

Suspect Arrested in Felony Menacing Case Involving Road Construction Crew

October 23, 2018 - 3:49pm

On October 20, 2018, at approximately 4:02 PM, deputies were dispatched to the 4200 block of Outpost Road regarding a menacing. Upon arrival, deputies learned a road construction crew was working on the road when a male, who was later identified as Edward Otis, Jr. DOB 3/6/63, came out and confronted them. 

Third Arrest Made in Homicide on Tranters Creek Way

October 23, 2018 - 1:10pm

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 11:02 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the 6400 block of Tranters Creek Way saying multiple shots were fired and a male party was lying on the sidewalk.

 

Two-Year-Old Shooting Victim Identified

October 23, 2018 - 11:15am

On Sunday, October 21, 2018, deputies were dispatched to the 1500 block of Hartford Street in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived on scene they were flagged down by the parents of the two-year-old.  The mother had the child in her arms.  Life saving measures were initiated and the child was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sheriff’s Office Asks for Assistance Identifying Suspect in Criminal Trespass Auto and Fraud Case

October 19, 2018 - 1:33pm

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at approximately 6:46 AM, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a criminal trespass auto in the 6300 block of Zermatt Drive in unincorporated El Paso County.  The suspect entered the unlocked vehicle and stole a wallet with the victim’s debit card inside of it.  Two unauthorized transactions were made by the suspect using the victim’s debit card at a Kum N Go gas station.

Sheriff’s Office Announces Graduation Ceremony for 18-1 Detentions Academy

October 19, 2018 - 9:43am

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the graduation ceremony for 20 deputies who have successfully completed the 18-1 Detentions Academy.  The graduation ceremony will be held today, October 19, 3:00 PM, at Centennial Hall, 200 S Cascade Avenue.

Sheriff’s Office Hosts Community Outreach Events in the Security and Widefield Community

October 18, 2018 - 2:04pm

In 2017, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office launched a Park, Walk and Talk Initiative. The objective was to reach out to selected communities within the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, with a goal to reduce crime and provide educational crime prevention programs while engaging with the community.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Fire Mitigation Partnerships

October 17, 2018 - 3:13pm

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Wildland Team is diligently working with our local municipality leaders and county agencies to coordinate fire mitigation efforts and hazard fuel reduction throughout the county.  

Second Arrest Made in Tranters Creek Way Homicide

October 15, 2018 - 7:55pm

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 11:02 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the 6400 block of Tranters Creek Way saying multiple shots were fired and a male party was lying on the sidewalk.

Victim In Mount Wilson Place (Falcon) Homicide Identified

October 11, 2018 - 7:05pm

On October 9, 2018, at approximately 7:14 AM, deputies were dispatched to 10400 block of Mount Wilson Place in reference to a shooting.  Upon arriving on scene deputies discovered a deceased adult female inside residence.

Detectives arrived on scene and through the course of their investigation and processing the scene, the suspicious death has been upgraded to a homicide.

Victim in Tranters Creek Way Homicide Identified

October 11, 2018 - 3:45pm

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 11:02 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the 6400 block of Tranters Creek Way saying multiple shots were fired and a male party was lying on the sidewalk.

Arrest Made in Homicide on Tranters Creek Way

October 11, 2018 - 7:08am

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 11:02 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the 6400 block of Tranters Creek Way saying multiple shots were fired and a male party was lying on the sidewalk.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Taz Receives Donation of Body Armor

October 10, 2018 - 4:55pm

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Taz has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Michelle and Paul Blaskowski of Colorado Springs, CO and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Michelle & Paul Blaskowski”.

Arrest Made in Suspicious Death Turned Homicide

October 10, 2018 - 8:34am

On October 9, 2018, at approximately 7:14 AM, deputies were dispatched to 10400 block of Mount Wilson Place in reference to a shooting.  Upon arriving on scene deputies discovered a deceased adult female inside residence.

Detectives arrived on scene and through the course of their investigation and processing the scene, the suspicious death has been upgraded to a homicide.

Barricaded Suspect Taken Into Custody Without Incident

October 9, 2018 - 9:44pm

On October 9, 2018, at approximately 2:39 PM, deputies attempted to contact Jerrell Evans, DOB 03/21/82, at an address in the 80 block of McBurney Boulevard in Security.  Mr. Evans was wanted on several misdemeanor charges including a Felony Menacing Domestic Violence summons.

Sheriff's Office Investigating Suspicious Death

October 9, 2018 - 3:30pm

On October 9, 2018, at approximately 7:14 AM, deputies were dispatched to 10400 block of Mount Wilson Place in reference to a shooting.  Upon arriving on scene deputies discovered a deceased adult female inside residence.

Detectives arrived on scene and through the course of their investigation and processing the scene, they are considering this a suspicious death.

CORRECTED: Update on Barricaded Suspect and Fire in Security/Widefield

October 9, 2018 - 2:50pm

On October 8, 2018, the Metro Vice Narcotics and Intelligence Unit (Metro VNI) obtained a Search Warrant for an address in the 400 block of Kiva Drive and two Arrest Warrants.  The warrants were part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.

Suspicious Death Upgraded to Homicide

October 8, 2018 - 12:53pm

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 11:02 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the 6400 block of Tranters Creek Way saying multiple shots were fired and a male party was lying on the sidewalk.

MR 18-096

Law Enforcement Third Quarter Statistics on Illegal and Black-Market Marijuana Enforcement Efforts

October 5, 2018 - 1:56pm

On January 1, 2018, House Bill 17-1220 concerning measures to stop diversion of legal marijuana to the illegal market was enacted into law.  The Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Colorado Springs Police Department, Metro Vice Narcotics Intelligence Unit (MVNI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has continued its efforts to aggressively target those involved in illegal and black-market marijuana grow operations.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Inducted into the Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame

October 5, 2018 - 10:11am

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office was inducted into the Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame as the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run Agency of the Year.  El Paso County Sheriff's Office has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics Colorado and an active Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) partner since 2002.

Law Enforcement Executes Search Warrant on Large Illegal Marijuana Operation in El Paso County

October 4, 2018 - 5:45pm

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at approximately 2:00 PM, detectives from the Metro Vice, Narcotics, & Intelligence Division (MVNI) along with deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Rural Enforcement & Outreach Unit conducted a marijuana compliance inspection at a residence in the 14300 block of Holmes Road, which is in unincorporated El Paso County.

Sheriff's Office Asking for Assistance Identifying Suspect in Motor Vehicle Theft Case

September 27, 2018 - 4:45pm

On September 22, 2018, between the hours 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM, a 1965 BMW race car valued at 150,000 and a trailer were stolen.  The rare vehicle was inside a 23’ white box trailer at the time both were stolen.

On Monday, September 24, 2018, El Paso County Detectives with the BATTLE (Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement) taskforce, located the stolen trailer and BMW at an address in the 5000 Block of Hopkins Dr. in Widefield.

El Paso County Jail Reaches Record High in Female Population

September 26, 2018 - 3:21pm

The El Paso County Jail, located at 2739 E Las Vegas Street, is at a critical point in managing the female inmate population as it reached record highs today of 364. The last record was set in May of 2017, with 358 female inmates. 

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