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Boulder police: Conoco clerk robbed at gunpoint

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Police are looking for a male suspect associated with an attempted armed robbery that occurred at the Conoco Gas Station, 3375 28th Street at 2:41 a.m. yesterday morning, Nov. 20, 2013.

A clerk reported the male entered the store armed with a small silver semi-automatic style handgun, placed the muzzle of the gun at the clerk’s head and demanded cash. The victim believes the suspect was then startled by a car approaching the gas station which prompted him to exit the store.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male who spoke with an accent, black eyes, between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 8 inches tall and approximately 170 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask with a black handkerchief covering his nose and mouth. The suspect’s photo and a video of the robbery are attached. The case number is 13-15580.

Anyone with information about this case may contact Detective Kurt Foster 303-441-4329. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

Do you know this robber?

Do you know this robber?

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Police: More info on suspects in abduction

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VICTIM MAY HAVE BEEN A STREET PERSON

Police have additional information on the alleged abduction at CircleK last night.  The driver of the van is described as a while male with a beard.  Male number two is a short Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 30-years-old, wearing a dark jacket with the collar folded up, dark blue jeans and white New Balance tennis shoes.  The female is described as approximately 35-years-old with curly blonde/brown hair, very skinny, wearing a baby blue hooded winter coat, blue jeans and carrying a tan purse with very large buckles.  Witnesses described her as a possible street person. The van is older but in very good condition with tinted windows.  The middle seat has been removed and the back seat remains in place. A photo of a similar van is attached.

A similar looking van to the one used in the suspected abduction

A similar looking van to the one used in the suspected abduction

Anyone with direct information about this incident is urged to call the Boulder Police Department’s tip line at 303-441-1974 or police dispatch 24-hours-a-day at 303-441-3333.

The case number is 13-15574.

Anyone with information about this case may call the tip line at 303-441-1974. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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Boulder police looking for white van

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Police asking for public’s assistance

The Boulder Police Department is asking for public assistance in locating a white extended van, with possible tinted windows and a partial license plate number of 868-GY?  Police are investigating two unconfirmed reports that a female was forced into the vehicle in the area of the CircleK at15th and Canyon at approximately 10:00 p.m. last night, Nov. 19.

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Anyone with direct information about this van or knowledge of the incident are urged to call the Boulder Police Department’s tip line at 303-441-1974 or police dispatch 24-hours-a-day at 303-441-3333.

The case number is 13-15574.

Anyone with information about this case may call the tip line at 303-441-1974. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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Couple robbed at gunpoint on Flagstaff

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On Saturday, 11/16/13, at 9:44 PM, Boulder County Communications received a report of an armed robbery on Flagstaff Summit Road, about ¼-mile above Flagstaff Road, within Boulder County, Colorado.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and found two victims, a male and female couple, who reported that they had parked at the Realization Point Trailhead and began hiking up Flagstaff Summit Road toward the Flagstaff Amphitheater.

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They stopped briefly at an overlook, where two males approached them.  One of the males, described as about 6 feet tall and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, shined a bright flashlight at them and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at them.

The other male, described as about 5’8” tall and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, ordered the couple to place all of their belongings on the ground.  The male then picked up their belongings, and both suspects ran back down toward the trailhead.

The victims remained where they were, and saw an unknown description vehicle driving down Flagstaff Road. The victims recalled that when they parked at the trailhead, a silver possibly Toyota SUV was also parked there, which had since left.  After a few minutes, the victims contacted another couple who were hiking down Flagstaff Summit Road, and used one of their cell phones to call 911.

Anyone with any information pertinent to this case is asked to contact the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at (303) 441-4444.

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Woman arrested for alleged cruelty to animals

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After several weeks of investigation, yesterday Boulder Police arrested Caitlin Lesko (DOB 11/11/1989) in the 1000 block of Adams Circle on a warrant issued for Cruelty to Animals-Aggravated and Cruelty to Animals-Neglect/Mistreat.

On October 29, 2013, police were dispatched to the South Boulder Animal Hospital, 4660 Table Mesa Drive, on the report from staff that a dog suffering from possible animal cruelty was brought into their facility for treatment.

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Officers found a 3-month-old French bulldog with both of its hind legs broken and third degree burn’s covering 50% of his stomach.  Lesko claimed the dogs legs were injured before she purchased it and admitted she burned the puppy by placing it too close to a heater to keep it warm. While she initially sought treatment for the broken legs, Lesko said she could not afford veterinary care for the burns and refused treatment.  She surrendered the puppy to police on November 2, 2013.

The case number is 13-14513.

Anyone with information about this case may contact Animal Control Supervisor Janee´ Boswell at 303-441-4385. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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Child porno a no no

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Local man arrested on child pornography charges

A 69-year-old man from Boulder has been arrested on several charges involving child pornography.  Renato Alfano (DOB 05/09/1944) turned himself in at the Boulder County Jail on an arrest warrant prepared by Boulder Police Department detectives.

This case began at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office during an Internet investigation they were conducting.  An investigator located a computer in Boulder which was sharing child pornography and then contacted Boulder police. The suspect was Renato Alfano.

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Police conducted a search warrant of Alfano’s home and found a number of child pornography files on the computer.  Alfano admitted to detectives that he viewed the child pornography.

Alfano will face charges in Boulder that include Sexual Exploitation of a Child (distribution of child pornography) and Sexual Exploitation of a Child (possession of child pornography).

The case number is 13-9440.

Anyone with information about this case may contact Detective Jack Gardner at

303-441-1851. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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VineLife officials summoned in sex assault case

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Boulder police issue summonses to church officials in connection with sex assault investigation

Boulder police detectives served summonses to two pastors and two elders associated with VineLife Church in Longmont, CO (7845 Lookout Rd.) after a police investigation revealed the officials failed to report that a youth pastor allegedly sexually assaulted a child, who was a member of the church. A fifth church official, who is currently out of the country, will be served a summons when he returns to Colorado. Three tickets were served yesterday (Nov. 5, 2013) and one ticket was served this morning (Nov. 6, 2013).

The victim in the case is now 23 years old. She told police the relationship with her pastor began when she was 15 years old and continued for seven years.

 A police investigation revealed the officials failed to report that a youth pastor allegedly sexually assaulted a child,

A police investigation revealed the officials failed to report that a youth pastor allegedly sexually assaulted a child,

The suspect in the sexual assault case is Jason Allen Roberson (DOB 12/25/1977). Police arrested Roberson on Sept. 4, 2013 and charged him with one count of Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust; one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and one count of Unlawful Sexual Contact. After reviewing the case, the Boulder County District Attorney added one count of Stalking.

Subsequent investigation by Boulder police detectives indicates that the pastors and the elders failed to report the situation to law enforcement or Housing and Human Services (HHS) in a timely fashion as required by law. The following pastors and elders from VineLife Church each face one charge of Duty to Report Child Abuse, a Class 3 misdemeanor. The identity of the fifth church official will be released at the time he receives the summons.

  • Robert Phillip (“Bob”) Young (DOB 11/21/1947), executive pastor
  • Luke Michael Humbrecht (DOB 4/15/1983), pastor
  • Edward Charles Bennell (DOB 9/22/1948), elder
  • Warren Lloyd Williams (DOB 2/13/1947), elder

The case number is 13-5204. Boulder police are not aware of other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brannon Winn at 303-441-4477. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website atwww.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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Escaped sex offender (now jailed) involved in other crimes?

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Police found large number of suspect stolen items 

Police officers in Boulder recently arrested escaped sex offender Eugene Felix Martinez (DOB 6/22/1965) in connection with a sex assault which occurred in the 700 block of Marine St. on Oct. 19, 2013. Boulder police charged Martinez with Sex Assault, Burglary, Theft and Attempted 2nd Degree Assault on a Police Officer.

 

Investigators tracked Martinez to a known transient camp and arrested him within one hour of receiving the report of the sex assault.

Suspect found in a transient camp

Suspect found in a transient camp

 

Police searched the transient camp and located a number of items which do not belong to the women who live on Marine St. Police have linked Martinez to one other sex assault and two additional burglaries in Boulder. Investigators are concerned that Martinez may have assaulted or burglarized other victims, who so far have not come forward.

 

Several photos of the items found at the transient camp are attached. The rest of the photos may be seen on the Boulder Police Department’s website. Click here to view them.

 

Police are asking the public to take a look at the photos, and to notify investigators if they recognize any of the items as belonging to them. Some of the property police found at the camp include:

 

·         A multi-use tool

·         A University of Colorado pendant necklace

·         Sheet music with handwritten notations

·         Keys

·         HP laptop

·         Ear buds

·         Pens, possibly for use by artists

·         Body lotion

·         Pioneer car stereo with box

·         Yellow and white makeup bag with makeup items and an asthma inhaler

·         Underwear

·         Tennis shoes

·         Ring

·         Bicycle

Anyone with information about these items, or anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Martinez, is asked to contact Det. Jeremy Frenzen at 303-441-1890. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

 

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Boulder police searching for a burglary suspect

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A 2008 Apple Macbook Laptop was stolen

 

On September 24, 2013 Boulder Police responded to a report of a burglary in the 900 block of 18th Street. One of the residents reported seeing a strange male in her roommate’s bedroom at around 10:20 that morning. When she confronted him he was zipping up his backpack and exiting the room. He apologized saying he was in the wrong room and was looking for “James” who “lived upstairs” and left the residence. The victim later discovered that her silver 2008 Apple Macbook laptop was stolen as well as a charging cord.

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A witness described the suspect as a clean shaven, white male, in his late 30’s or early 40’s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, thin build, with a bald head and grayish-brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark grey hoodie and blue jeans and was carrying a navy blue Jan-Sport like backpack.  A composite drawing is attached. The case number is 13-12815.

 

Anyone with information may contact Detective Kara Wills at 303-441-3482. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

 

 

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Police end silence on JonBenet murder

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Cops say The Ramseys did it. There was no intruder. It’s about time.
 

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Police and Grand Jury say they did it,

 

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No non-sense Chief Mark Beckner looking right at you

Investigators at the time were disappointed in the then district attorney’s decision not to issue indictments.  Cases are rarely perfect and often contain conflicting evidence.  As a result, the opportunity to present the entire case to a jury may be lost forever.  We also understand the criteria for taking a case to trial is higher than probable cause.

What we have learned from this experience is how important the relationships are between police departments which investigate cases and the district attorneys who ultimately prosecute cases.    These roles should always remain clear. At the same time, both agencies must work collaboratively together as a team.  Under District Attorney Stan Garnett, we’ve been able to develop a team approach – with both agencies aiming for similar goals – to achieve unprecedented success in prosecuting cold cases, most of which had been rejected for prosecution under previous district attorneys.  Justice, and the public interest, is better served with this type of collaboration and shared focus.

 

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