PUEBLO, Colo. — A man and two women have been taken into custody after multiple car thefts and an incident involving multiple law enforcement agencies’ vehicles being rammed by a stolen truck.
At 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, officers with the Cañon City Police Department (CCPD) responded to the 2800 block of Fremont Dr to investigate a report of a burglary and several stolen vehicles. The officers’ initial investigation revealed that four vehicles were stolen from the business, totaling $228,000. The vehicles stolen were listed with the following values:
- 2021 Chevy Suburban valued at $89,000
- 2013 Subaru Impreza valued at $14,000
- 2018 Chevy Silverado valued at $45,000
- 1961 Bel Air valued at $80,000
Police Officer Kyle Hance was able to collaborate with other regional law enforcement agencies and track one of the vehicles to Pueblo, Colorado. On Tuesday, July 26, officers with CCPD and the Pueblo Police Department (PPD) responded to the 900 block of US Highway 50 where they located one of the stolen vehicles, a white Chevy pickup truck.
Officers followed the truck to the 2500 block of Lake Avenue. Juarez’s girlfriend, 29-year-old Oleta Witte, was with him. When officers approached the truck, Juarez jumped into the driver’s seat and attempted to flee the scene.
In the process of trying to escape, Juarez rammed an undercover police car, a police patrol car, and another undercover car from the Cañon City Police Department.
Reacting to the violent escape attempt CCPD Officer Kyle Hance made a critical decision, in the best interest of the public’s safety, to utilize his unmarked police vehicle to pin the suspect’s vehicle to a wall, preventing an escape that would have likely placed more people in danger during a police pursuit.
Juarez and Witte were both taken into custody on scene. According to PPD, Juarez has accumulated a total of 11 warrants for a total bond totaling over $372,000 for crimes committed throughout Canon City, Fountain, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Juarez was arrested on new charges of first degree assault, first degree motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, first degree trespass, and reckless endangerment. Those charges accompany the existing warrants for attempted first degree homicide/robbery, two counts of second degree burglary, two counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, two counts of burglary, and traffic offenses.
Witte had a total of six warrants for a total of $66,000, including warrants for robbery, burglary, and larceny.
Police later located a stolen Subaru and arrested 32-year-old Christina Juarez on a warrant for robbery out of El Paso County with a $10,000 bond.