Press Releases

Arrest Made In 20 Year Old Sexual Assault Case with Additional Victims Possible

March 3, 2016 - 1:15pm

Joel Market, DOB: 9/20/67 was arrested on March 1, 2016, in Texas on charges stemming from a 1996 Sexual Assault of a Child case in El Paso County, Colorado.  Detectives believe that Market could have assaulted additional victims in and around El Paso County and Colorado Springs from 1996 to 1998.

 

Market is described as a black male, who is 5’08” tall and was 170lbs at the time.

Sheriff's Office Participating in Colorado Law Enforcement Polar Plunge

February 26, 2016 - 11:59am

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.

Arrest Made in Social Media Threat Closing Ellicott Schools

February 24, 2016 - 11:30am

Arrest Made in Social Media Threat Closing Ellicott Schools

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, at approximately 11:00 PM, the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received information regarding a threat posted on the “After School” chat site involving Ellicott Schools.  “After School” is a group chat site where members can post anonymously to specific school threads.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Suspect in Credit Card Fraud Case

February 23, 2016 - 5:30pm

On January 28, 2016, several fraudulent charges were made on a victim’s Navy Federal Credit Union bank account.  The victim does not know how this person obtained her bank account information. Other fraudulent charges were made the same day at a Colorado Springs ATM, and another Walmart in Pueblo.
 

Shots Fired on Old Stage Road

February 22, 2016 - 6:15pm

February 22, 2016 [6:15 PM]

Shots Fired on Old Stage Road

On Monday, February, 22, 2016, at approximately 1:17 PM, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reference shots fired on Old Stage Road.  Deputies were dispatched to the call as an “Active Shooter”, and multiple units responded.

Social Media Threat closes Ellicott School District

February 22, 2016 - 5:03pm

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, at approximately 11:00 PM, the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received information regarding a threat posted on the “After School” chat site involving Ellicott Schools.  “After School” is a group chat site where members can post anonymously to specific school threads.

Sheriff's Office Asking for Assistance in Locating Missing Man

February 17, 2016 - 4:46pm

Marty W. Chandler was reported missing in January of 2016.  Marty is described a white male, who is 6’02” tall, weighs 240lbs, and has brown hair and hazel eyes.  He is often homeless and is known to frequent West Colorado, the west side of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, the Highway 24 area from Colorado Springs through Cascade, and as far west as Green Mountain Falls.   We are concerned for his safety and would like to confirm that he is alive and well.

Sheriff’s Office Asking for Help in Identifying Robbery Suspect

February 17, 2016 - 2:35pm

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 8:40 PM, a suspect walked into the Loaf and Jug, located at 6995 Galley Road.  The suspect approached the clerk at the counter with a black colored semi automatic handgun in his right hand.  He held out a bag in his left hand and demanded cash.   The suspect walked out of the store with an undisclosed amount of money. It is unknown if the suspect left on foot or in a vehicle and his direction of travel is unknown.

Sheriff's Office Asking for Assistance in Locating Missing Man and Identifying Unknown Female

February 16, 2016 - 4:50pm

Manuel Snodgrass was reported missing in June of 2015, from Bearcat Loop in El Paso County in the area of Marksheffel and Fontaine.    Manuel's date of birth is 12/13/1997, he is 5'9" tall, weighs 160lbs, and has black hair and brown eyes.  He is known to frequent the Security/Widefield area.  His family has not seen or heard from him and are worried about his wellbeing.

Sheriff's Office Asking for Help in Locating Missing Man

February 13, 2016 - 6:50am

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office began a missing person investigation regarding the disappearance of Steven Earl Taylor.  He left his residence in the Cimmaron Hills area on foot at approximately 12:40 AM, this morning.

Suspect Wanted for Crimes in Multiple Jurisdictions Apprehended

February 9, 2016 - 4:15pm

On November 2, 2015, Deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Tari Drive regarding a home invasion.  Sean Burrows DOB: 4/3/86, was quickly identified as a person of interest and the Sheriff's Office worked with several jurisdictions from across the state and Washington in an effort to locate this individual.

Dispatch Services Temporarily Relocated for Remodeling Project

January 31, 2016 - 6:45pm

On Monday, February 1, 2016, The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center will relocate to the backup center at the El Paso Teller 911 Authority, 2350 Airport Road, due to remodeling.  We anticipate the remodeling project to take approximately 10 days to complete.   Non-emergent calls taken at 719-390-5555 and emergent 911 calls should not be affected during this time.

Dispatch Services Temporarily Relocated for Remodeling Project

January 31, 2016 - 6:45pm

On Monday, February 1, 2016, The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center will relocate to the backup center at the El Paso Teller 911 Authority, 2350 Airport Road, due to remodeling.  We anticipate the remodeling project to take approximately 10 days to complete.   Non-emergent calls taken at 719-390-5555 and emergent 911 calls should not be affected during this time.

Sheriff’s Office Looking for Suspect Impersonating a Police Officer

January 29, 2016 - 2:45pm

On Friday, January 29, 2016, at approximately 12:21 PM, the Sheriff’s Office became aware of a male suspect impersonating a police officer pulling people over in the town of Rush which is located in the eastern portion of El Paso County.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, driving a 2000 model green jeep Cherokee with a red bubble on the top of the vehicle.

Deadly Force Investigations Team Swearing In

January 28, 2016 - 10:35am

Today at 2:30 PM, at the Office of the Sheriff, located at 27 E. Vermijo Avenue, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder and Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger will be swearing in nearly 50 members of the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to give them jurisdiction in both counties to investigate cases as they relate to the Deadly Force Investigations Team (DFIT).

Sheriff's Office Asking for Help in Identifying Suspect in Shoplifting Case

January 27, 2016 - 5:10pm

On January 26, 2016, at 4:23 PM, this unidentified female attempted to shop lift DVDs, and other small items, at the Falcon Wal-Mart located at 11550 Meridian Market View, and was stopped by loss prevention. She was with a male suspect who was arrested on scene, and the unidentified female fled in a white sedan, possibly a Chevy Malibu.

Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Succumbs to Injuries

January 8, 2016 - 12:18pm

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5:13 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a disturbance at the 5100 block of Lanagan Street in Colorado Springs.  Responding officers encountered an armed suspect and shots were fired.  The suspect, identified as Dana Bruce Ott, sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.   

Identity of Missing Man Confirmed by Coroner

January 4, 2016 - 4:45pm

On January 1, 2016, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office began searching for a missing person, 23 year old Elijah Joe Sharp.  He is 5'11" and weighs approximately 150lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes.  Elijah was last seen by his parents around 9:30 PM, on December 31, 2015, when he left his home after an argument.

At around 12:30 PM, deputies were dispatched to the top of the Incline, approximately 200 yards from the trail where hikers reported finding a deceased male.

Barricaded Suspect Identified

January 2, 2016 - 9:05am

 On January 1, 2016, at approximately 7:00 PM, a deputy was dispatched to Memorial Hospital in reference to an assault that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, the Deputy contacted the victim and he stated his roommate had hit him in the head with a hammer several times while he was sleeping in his recliner in the living room.

Sheriff's Office Askes for help in Locating Missing Man

January 1, 2016 - 10:35am

On January 1, 2016, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office began searching for a missing person, 23 year old Elijah Joe Sharp.  He is 5'11" and weighs approximately 150lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes.  Elijah was last seen by his parents around 9:30 PM, on December 31, 2015, when he left his home after an argument.

Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Identified

December 31, 2015 - 11:20am

On Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 8:48 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a burglary in progress in the 2400 block of Sierra Springs.  The suspect fired multiple shots at the officers.  CSPD officers returned fire.

Officer Involved Shooting

December 31, 2015 - 12:30am

On Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 8:48 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a burglary in progress in the 2400 block of Sierra Springs.  The suspect fired multiple shots at the officers.  CSPD officers returned fire.

Sheriff's Office Makes Additional Arrest in Highway 24 Home Invasion

December 21, 2015 - 4:30pm

On Sunday December 20, 2015, at approximately 8:30 AM, the Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 hang-ups from a home in the 8000 block of Highway 24.  Deputies responded to the scene to investigate and learned there were possibly two armed suspects inside the residence.  Seven victims were removed safely and one suspect was arrested.

Update on Home Invasion on Highway 24

December 20, 2015 - 7:00pm

At approximately 8:30 AM, on Sunday, December 20, 2015, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 hang ups from a home in the 8000 black of Highway 24.  Deputies responded to the scene to investigate and learned there were possibly two armed suspects inside the residence, with an unknown number of victims.

Update to Sheriff's Office Request for Help in Identifying Suspects in Credit Card Fraud Case

December 10, 2015 - 10:55am

Between October 28, 2015, at 6:45 PM, and October 29, 2015, at 6:50 AM, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked truck parked in the 600 block of Fay Drive in Widefield.  The suspect stole a wallet containing multiple credit cards.  The suspects quickly used the stolen cards at Sears, Burger King, Walgreens, Lowes, Target and paid a phone bill in Alabama. 

Sheriff’s Office Hosts Final Tip-A-Cop Event of 2015 to Benefit Colorado Special Olympics

December 9, 2015 - 4:31pm

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Sheriff’s Office Deputies will trade in their badges for aprons to wait and bus tables, seat families and serve diners in three Texas Roadhouse restaurants in Colorado Springs.  Each table is provided with a donation envelope and request to make a donation in support of our Special Olympic athletes.

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