Suspect taken into custody, charged with assault following police activity in Pueblo neighborhood

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PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo Police asked the public to avoid a neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Just before noon, Pueblo Police officers were called to a home in the 1200 block of Van Buren St. on a domestic violence disturbance.

The victim was able to leave the home. Police attempted contact with the suspect unsuccessfully.

Northern Ave between Jackson St. and Beulah Ave. was closed to traffic in both directions for several hours as police attempted to negotiate with the suspect. Police had information the suspect was armed and dangerous.

The Pueblo police SWAT team was activated as police continued to attempt contact with the
suspect.

The suspect, 46-year-old, Joe Valerio eventually surrendered to police. Valerio was arrested on charges of 3rd-degree assault, felony menacing, Criminal Mischief, domestic violence, and a warrant for a traffic charge – failure to appear.

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