Press Releases

Sheriff’s Office Releases Identity of Suicidal Male and Provides Investigative Update

July 29, 2015 - 4:40pm

The adult male has been identified as Carlos Alberto Mendoza, DOB 7/15/1979, through fingerprints.  Mr. Mendoza has a number of alias’ to include the name provided by family of Manuel Martinez Mejia, DOB 7/10/82.  The cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results and will be released by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.

Sheriff's Office Re-Activates Attempted Kidnapping Case after Learning of CSPD's Attempted Kidnapping Case

July 27, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Sheriff's Office has reactivated an Attempted Kidnapping case after crime analysis revealed similar circumstances surrounding an Attempted Kidnapping case in the jurisdiction of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Similarities include:
Same time of night
Same age of victim
Number of suspects
Description of passenger
Description of van
Method victims used to get away

Sheriff's Office Receiving Complaints Against KLMN Readers Inc.

July 27, 2015 - 11:40am

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has received numerous complaints about a group that is attempting to sell magazines door to door in unincorporated El Paso County.  Complaints range from rude and intimidating behavior to making inappropriate and profane comments about the occupants of residences, peering in windows and not promptly leaving after being told to do so.

Sheriff's Office Warns of Various Phone Scams

July 23, 2015 - 10:00am

The Sheriff's Office continues to receive calls about multiple scams geared toward the elderly population.  One popular scam entails individuals calling and stating they are with Publisher's Clearing House, informing the victim they have won a large sum of money and ask they send a fee to receive their winnings.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Announces New Smartphone App

July 22, 2015 - 4:50pm

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is thrilled to announce the launching of a new smartphone app.  This is a free and modern app which will assist critical two-way communication between the Sheriff's Office and the citizens it serves, as well as anyone who wants to be connected to our Office.

This will be the exclusive app for communication from the Sheriff's Office with press releases, bulletins/alerts, an event calendar and much more.

Kidnapped Daughter Found, Mother Still at Large

July 16, 2015 - 12:50pm

This morning Megan Mullock, who was kidnapped by her mother, Elizabeth Merideth Murphy, DOB: 4/28/65, walked into the Arvada Police Department safe and unharmed.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Kidnapping Suspect and Missing Teen

July 14, 2015 - 5:12pm

The El Paso Sheriff's Office is looking for Elizabeth Merideth Murphy, DOB: 4/28/65, who has kidnapped her daughter, Megan Mulock DOB: 1/7/00, is 5'02" and weighs approximately 100lbs.  Megan has brown hair and blue eyes.

Sheriff's Office Searching for Missing Juvenile

July 14, 2015 - 2:45pm

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of 17 year old Sabrena Waite.  She was reported missing by her father.  Sabrena is a white female who is tall and slender with brown hair and brown eyes.  She is known to hang out by Sierra High School on Jet Wing Drive.

Sheriff's Office Seeing Assistance in Locating Missing Father

July 6, 2015 - 4:00pm

The Sheriff's Office is asking for help with the disappearance of Carlos Rivera-Dejesus, DOB 12/13/70.  He is a 44 year old Hispanic male from Puerto Rico.  He has extremely limited English skills and could be suffering from health issues.  Mr. Rivera-Dejesus has a wife and three children.

He disappeared on June 19, 2015, from the Widefield area and has not been seen or heard from since.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Missing Teem

July 2, 2015 - 5:40pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information that might assist us in determining the whereabouts of 15 year old Dorien McClendon.  He was last seen in El Paso County on May 27, 2015.  Dorien is 5’10”, approximately 135lbs with black hair and brown eyes.

Fireworks and Burn Ban Information for the 2015 Holiday

June 24, 2015 - 5:10pm

We would like to wish every citizen in El Paso County a safe and happy Fourth of July. Hopefully this holiday will pass without any serious injuries or incidents tainting its enjoyment.  Since fireworks are traditionally a major part of our Independence Day celebrations the following information is intended to help clarify which fireworks are legal in El Paso County and which are not.

Sheriff's Office Releases New Information in Missing Woman Case

June 16, 2015 - 9:14am

Viewer tips have led the Sheriff's Office to locate the vehicle of Lori Lee Layman. Due to the condition of the vehicle, there are grave concerns for the safety of Ms. Layman.

Her vehicle was discovered abandoned at the Pebble Creek Apartments at 2005 South El Paso Avenue. The vehicle appeared to have been emptied and evidence of a possible violent encounter was found in the form of suspected blood.

Update: Sheriff's Office Asks For Help in Locating Missing Woman

June 11, 2015 - 11:00am

Update: Sheriff's Office Asks For Help in Locating Missing Woman

Viewer tips have led the Sheriff's Office to locate the vehicle of Lori Lee Layman.  Due to the condition of the vehicle, there are grave concerns for the safety of Ms. Layman.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Missing Teen

June 5, 2015 - 10:25am

On June 4, 2015, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office began a missing person investigation regarding the disappearance of 16 year old Hannah Jean Silvers, DOB: 1/07/99.  She has brown hair, green eyes, is 5'3" and weighs approximately 120lbs.  Hannah was last heard from by her father on May 23, 2015.

She does not have a cell phone and communicates with family and friends via Facebook.  Her last Facebook post was on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Suspects in Several Fraud Cases

May 28, 2015 - 2:40pm

On April 25, 2015, an American Express credit card belonging to a victim was used at Lowes, located at 9100 Peakview Avenue, Greenwood Village in Arapahoe County.  The victim feels his card may have been compromised at the Phillips 66 Gas Station in Black Forest at the intersection of Black Forest Road and Shoup Road.

These subjects resemble two other suspects from a cloned credit card in Arapahoe County and possibly another Sheriff's Office case.

Sheriff's Office Asks For Help in Locating Missing Woman

May 27, 2015 - 2:05pm

On May 9, 2015, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office began a missing person investigation regarding the disappearance of a 53 year old Lori Lee Layman.  She is 5'2" and weighs approximately 150lbs.  Lori Lee was last heard from by her father on April 30, 2015.  We have been told she is living out of her car which is a 2002 Gold Kia Spectra bearing the Colorado license plate 687TOY.

MR 15-034

UPDATE Warrant Issued for Robbery Suspect

May 26, 2015 - 3:00pm

Update:  Due to pressure from the below Media Release, Xavier Smith turned himself in to the Criminal Justice Center on Monday, May 25, 2015, at 10:27 AM.  He was booked in on multiple warrants out of City and County.  Mr. Smith's booking photo is attached.

Warrant Issued for Robbery Suspect

MR 15-033

Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Credit Card Fraud

May 26, 2015 - 2:15pm

On April 23 and 24, 2015, a victim's ENT credit card was fraudulently used at various stores in Colorado Springs, Monument, Castle Rock and Parker.  It is unknown how the card was compromised.

The Colorado Springs stores were two separate Walgreens, an Albertsons and a Staples store.  The card was also used at the Kohls in Monument, a Walgreens and McDonalds in Castle Rock, and the Staples store in Parker, with a total of $1,127.21 in fraudulent charges.

Sheriff's Office to Host Open House for Newly Formed Unit in Eastern El Paso County

May 22, 2015 - 10:15am

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office new Rural Enforcement and Outreach (REO) Unit will host an “Open House” this Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 1010 Golden Street in Calhan, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

In early 2015, Sheriff Bill Elder created the REO to support the Patrol Division in offering law enforcement services to the large expanses of eastern El Paso County.

Warrant Issued for Robbery Suspect

May 21, 2015 - 5:50pm
Xavier Smith is being sought by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for the February 2, 2015, robbery of the Pizza Hut, located at 5815 Palmer Park Boulevard. Smith is also being sought in regards to a Colorado Springs Police Department case involving kidnapping and robbery. No bond warrants have been issued for Smith’s arrest. Smith should be considered dangerous and possibly armed.

22nd Annual Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service and Valor Run

May 14, 2015 - 2:40pm

On Friday, May 15, 2015, law enforcement agencies and military installations will gather at Memorial Park at 10:00 AM for the 22nd Annual Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service.  The memorial service honors the 30 Pikes Peak area peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty since 1895.  The keynote speaker for the event is Mike Ensminger, the Sheriff of Teller County.

Deadline Extended and Age Limit Decreased for 1st Annual Regional Teen Academy

May 13, 2015 - 4:03pm

The Colorado Spring Police Department, the Fountain Police Department, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the deadline for applications has been extended to Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Deputies involved in Shooting at Hobby Lobby Identified

May 13, 2015 - 10:40am

On May 8, 2015, at approximately 5:57 PM, Sergeant Shane Mitchell and Deputy Keith Duda were at the Hobby Lobby store, 525 S. 8th Street, following up on a tip that a suspect was there who was wanted on felony escape charges from Colorado Department of Corrections.

MR 15-027

Nationwide Groupon Campaign Raises Over $335,000 for Law Enforcement K-9 Bullet and Stab Protective Vests

May 8, 2015 - 3:00pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K-9's Nash, Axel, and Blitz will be receiving ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has raised over $335,000.  Axel is 5 years old, started with the agency June of 2010, and he is a German Shepherd Dog. Blitz is 5 years old, started with the agency in September of 2011, and he is a German Shepherd Dog. Nash is 2 years old, started with the agency in April of 2014, and he is a Malanois.

Sheriff’s Office Ends 287(g) Immigration Enforcement Program

May 1, 2015 - 4:53pm

After careful consideration and consultation by staff of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Springs Police Department, The Sheriff’s Office would like to announce that effective Thursday, April 30, the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center (CJC) will no longer participate in the 287(g) Program and will not continue to hold inmates that have been detained under the Program who have no local or Federal charges pending.

Sheriff's Office Participates in Multi-Jurisdictional Search - Deceased Female Found

April 30, 2015 - 4:53pm

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, and Friday, May 1, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office is participating in a Multi-Jurisdictional Search effort to locate a missing person.  Timothy Lee Copley was last seen on June 20, 2014.   This case was handled by a volunteer who kept an ongoing dialogue with the family since Mr. Copley went missing.

MR 15-002

Burglaries in the Black Forest Area

April 22, 2015 - 8:54am

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is experiencing a rash of daytime residential burglaries in the Black Forest area as far north as County Line Road south to Woodmen Road, with a concentration of cases occurring in the area of Burgess Road, Black Forest Road, and Vollmer Road. Forced entry is being made and small electronics, cash, and firearms are being targeted.

Joint Westside Saturation Event

April 17, 2015 - 2:07pm

Members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs Police Department and Manitou Springs Police Department will be conducting a high visibility, joint saturation detail in the west Colorado Avenue area from Monday, April 20, 2015 - Friday, April 24, 2015.

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