Sheriff's Office Patrol Division Apprehends Domestic Violence Kidnapping Suspect Following Violent Incident

November 23, 2021

Over the past two days, Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division deputies investigated Kenneth Archuleta, DOB: 02/14/1992, on various domestic violence related complaints.  Two separate felony warrants were issued for his arrest resulting from these investigations.

Last night, on November 22, 2021, just after 10:00 PM, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a report that Kenneth was in a stolen vehicle in the 1700 block of Hampton South in unincorporated El Paso County.  As deputies arrived in the area in marked patrol vehicles, Kenneth drove away at a high rate of speed.  The victim of the domestic violence related charges for which Kenneth was wanted, an adult female, was observed to be inside the vehicle.  It was later determined she was being held against her will.

Multiple EPSO and Colorado State Patrol units began efforts to locate the vehicle.  It was initially located a short distance away in a residential neighborhood.  As EPSO and Colorado State Patrol marked units moved in to attempt to set up containment, Kenneth intentionally rammed one of the EPSO vehicles, causing it to become disabled, and fled again at a high rate of speed.  His victim was still inside.  

EPSO deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers initiated a pursuit of Kenneth as he continued to flee.  Kenneth’s vehicle became disabled a short distance away.  He was quickly taken into custody and his victim was rescued from the vehicle.  She was treated on scene for minor injuries.  Neither Kenneth nor any law enforcement personnel were injured as a result of his violent actions.

Kenneth was booked into the El Paso County Jail on the following Felony charges:  1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Vehicular Eluding, Intimidation of a Victim or Witness, 2nd Degree Kidnapping, 2nd Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, Vehicular Assault, and Criminal Mischief, as well as for numerous Misdemeanor charges and traffic related offenses.  His mug shot is attached to this media release.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Colorado State Patrol for their invaluable assistance in bringing this incident to a successful end.

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MR 21-129