New arrest in shooting of Glenwood policeman | AspenTimes.com

New arrest in shooting of Glenwood policeman

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS Authorities have arrested another suspect they believe was involved in the shooting of a Glenwood Springs police officer July 29.According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the arrest occurred in Silt around 9:40 p.m. Thursday.Authorities executed a search warrant at 33496 River Frontage Road and arrested Mauricio “Flaco” Villa Garcia-Pena, 20, without incident, the press release said. He is now in custody under an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

“It’s always good to see progress continuing on an important investigation,” Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said.A $500,000 warrant was issued Thursday, and it lists charges including accessory to attempted first-degree murder, accessory to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and tampering with physical evidence.Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, whose office is heading the investigation, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis wouldn’t say what information led to the warrant. The sheriff’s office won’t release further details, saying it could compromise an ongoing investigation.The Glenwood police officer shot in the chest has yet to be named. A bulletproof vest helped save his life. The shooting occurred near an automobile impound lot with a history of break-ins south of the Glenwood Springs Airport.On Aug. 5, Glenwood Springs police arrested Sergio Esteban Ramirez, 20, without incident in Glenwood Springs. Ramirez, also known as “Smokey,” has been charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Eight or nine Ramirez supporters showed up at his advisement hearing Aug. 6.

On Aug. 4, Anthony Villegas, a 19-year-old with the alias “Speedy,” was arrested at a New Castle residence on a nationwide felony drug and car-theft warrant. Authorities said they believe Villegas knows something about the shooting. They arrested Ramirez a second time the next day. Villegas has not been charged in the shooting case.Vallario anticipated more arrests to come.Anyone with information on the shooting case can call 945-0101 and remain anonymous. A reward for information leading to arrest or indictment of suspects in the case has grown from $2,000 to $7,000.


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