New details released about manhunt in southern Colorado Springs neighborhood


This story has been updated.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A suspect was re-arrested after escaping from the back seat of a sheriff’s office car and running through a southern Colorado Springs neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said around 1:30 p.m., deputies were in the Stratmoor Valley neighborhood conducting surveillance as part of an investigation into thefts from construction sites. A car associated with the investigation left the area occupied by two men. Deputies tried to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies later found the car, still occupied, in the area of South Hancock Avenue and Norwood Avenue. Deputies used their cars to block the suspect car in, then took the occupants into custody.

While deputies were processing the scene, one of the suspects, 30-year-old Joseph Long, escaped from the back seat of a sheriff’s office car and ran into the neighborhood, according to deputies.

The sheriff’s office sent out an alert asking homeowners in the area of Hancock Avenue and Montrose Avenue to secure their homes and stay away from the doors and windows.

After a lengthy search, deputies found and arrested Long on Rand Avenue.

The shelter-in-place alert was lifted around 4:15 p.m.

Long and the other suspect in the car, 34-year-old Matthew Porter, were both arrested on multiple charges. A third suspect, 55-year-old Wendi Porter, was arrested at a home in the original surveillance area. She is also facing multiple charges in connection with the investigation.

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