Press Releases

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Forgery Case

April 16, 2015 - 9:00am

On January 23, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office began investigating a Forgery case.  The victim, who lives in South King County, Washington, mailed a check to a relative in El Paso County.  The check did not arrive.  The victim reported 13 checks totaling $1,846.43 were cashed from the victim’s bank account.

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrest in Theft Case

April 13, 2015 - 1:49pm

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, while conducting follow-up Deputy Gallagher received a call from the victim stating an unknown male had called him and returned the majority of his stolen property, which included a wallet, three social security cards, and a Ruger 10/22 long rifle from a theft which occurred sometime between the hours of 7:30 PM, Thursday, April 9, 2015, and 7:30 AM, Friday, April 10, 2015.

 

Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspects in Theft Case

April 10, 2015 - 4:30pm

A theft occurred sometime between April 9, 2015, at 7:30 PM and this morning, April 10, 2015 at 7:30 AM, in the 4600 block of Mazana Drive. A wallet, two social security cards, and a Ruger 10/22 long rifle were stolen.

After the theft, at 8:22 AM this morning, the victim’s debit card was used at the 7-11 located at 1810 Main Street. At 8:35 AM, it was used again at the Falcon Wal-Mart. The clerk at the 7-11 indicated the suspects are frequent customers.

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Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Fraud Case

April 8, 2015 - 5:11pm

On April 3, 2015, the Sheriff's Office received a call about fraudulent charges.  The victim explained that on Wednesday April 1, 2015, between the hours of 1:06 PM and 3:07 PM, five illegal purchases were made on a credit card in his name.

First Annual Pikes Peak Regional Teen Academy Now Accepting Applications

April 2, 2015 - 11:00pm

First Annual Pikes Peak Regional Teen Academy Now Accepting Applications

The Colorado Springs Police Department, the Fountain Police Department, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Teen Academy are now being accepted.

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrest in Fraud/Theft Cases and Looking for Additional Victims

March 31, 2015 - 5:15pm

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrest in Fraud/Theft Cases and Looking for Additional Victims

EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ANNOUNCES RESERVE ACADEMY 2015-1R

March 31, 2015 - 4:00pm

EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ANNOUNCES RESERVE ACADEMY 2015-1R

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the 2015 Reserve Academy.  The Reserve Section consists of community minded volunteers who are trained in both Law Enforcement and Detention Operations.  The Reserve Section provides a qualified, trained volunteer workforce to augment the full-time deputies in a variety of job functions and is invaluable to us in accomplishing our Mission.

Sheriff's Office to present Two 9-1-1 Hero Awards

March 26, 2015 - 11:35am

The El Paso County Communications Center, along with Sheriff Elder, will be recognizing two 9-1-1 Heros on Friday March 27, 2015, at 3:00 P.M. at the Office of the Sheriff, 27 E. Vermijo Avenue, in the 3rd Floor Community Room.

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrests in Theft Cases

March 24, 2015 - 2:45pm

During 2014, detectives from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a theft case involving multiple firearms, to include semi-automatic assault rifles.

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrests in Shots Fired Case

March 9, 2015 - 10:55am

On March 8, 2015, at approximately 11:30 P.M., deputies were dispatched to the Shots Tavern, located at 1831 Main Street for a fight involving a gun.  As deputies were responding, they were advised there had been shots fired.

Sheriff's Office Participating in Colorado Law Enforcement Polar Plunge

February 27, 2015 - 11:18am

The Law Enforcement Polar Plunge is an annual event to help raise funds for the Special Olympics.  The Special Olympics provides impactful sports and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.  This year's motto is "Freezin for a Reason."

There are 26 members of the Sheriff's Office who will be plunging into Prospect Lake at Memorial Park on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 1:00 P.M.

Sheriff's Office Announces Citizens' Academy 2015-1

February 18, 2015 - 2:45pm

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for the first Citizens’ Academy being held in 2015.

The Citizens’ Academy will begin on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, and will be held on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The Academy will be conducted over a nine week period, culminating in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Sheriff's Office Warns of Phone Scam - Using Dispatch Number

February 12, 2015 - 11:45am

The Sheriff's Office has received intelligence of another scam.  In these new cases the suspects are using the Sheriff's Office Dispatch number of 719-390-5555.  This can be done by using an application called "Spoof Card".  This application allows the suspect to use any legitimate phone number to call from with intent of victimizing people for large amounts of money.  In these recent instances, the suspect spoke with a heavy Indian accent.

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