Police Blotter | Follow the paint


Follow the paint

On May 18, at approximately 1:05 a.m., police responded to the area of 17th Street and Aurora Avenue after a passer-by discovered a car covered in fresh paint. When they arrived in the area, the officers found five vehicles in a nearby alley and two vehicles on the street with white paint on them. Officers were able to follow a trail of paint to the home of one of the suspects, in the 800 block of 17th Street. Officers contacted two males, ages 20 and 21, who had white paint on them. Both admitted involvement in the crime. They told officers that the paint was stolen from the University Hill Elementary School. The suspects were charged with criminal mischief and theft.

More Erie burglaries

In the early morning hours of May 13, the Erie Police Department took six reports of residences being burglarized in the Orchard Glenn neighborhood, only 10 days after three burglaries were reported in the Arapahoe Ridge area. Two occurred on Pope Court, two occurred on Chestnut Street, and two occurred on Cottonwood Place. In most instances, the suspect(s) entered the home through an outside garage door, but in one instance the residence was entered through an unlocked sliding glass door. The Erie Police Department is continuing to investigate.

Erie Police are asking that all residents be aware of the activity in their neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity they observe. Anyone with information regarding these or any other crimes are asked to contact the Erie Police Department. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call Boulder County Dispatch at 303- 441-4444.

Step off

Boulder police responded to the 2800 block of Kalmia Avenue on May 3 at approximately 4 p.m. on a report of a suspicious incident. A 44-year-old female reported that as she started to enter her apartment, a male approached her from behind and told her, “Step inside!” After a short verbal altercation, the male left the area.

The suspect is a white male, believed to be about 30 years old, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and 115 pounds. He had a mustache and shoulder-length curly brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue vinyl rain jacket.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Officer Patrick Vest at 309-441- 3330. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Police nab 1994 murder suspect

On May 10, Boulder police arrested David John Trujillo in Grand Junction in connection with the 1994 homicide of David Eugene “Gene” Cox. Trujillo is charged with second-degree murder and has been booked into the Boulder County Jail with bail set at $500,000.

Trujillo,42, was arrested at his home with the assistance of the Mesa County Sheriff ’s Department.

Cox was found dead in his home in the 4500 block of 19th Street on Jan. 4, 1994. He was 55. The autopsy report determined that Cox died of massive head injuries due to blunt force trauma.

The Boulder Police Department re-opened the homicide investigation in 2004.

Investigators presented their case to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office in February.

Medical chopper

On May 16, at approximately 12:30 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the 200 block of South Peak Road in unincorporated Boulder County on the report of a 68-year-old male having a possible stroke.

It was determined a medical helicopter was needed to transport the patient. North Colorado Medivac of Erie landed near the 6000 block of Sugarloaf Road, where sheriff ’s deputies established a landing zone. Pridemark Paramedics relayed the patient to the waiting Medivac helicopter, and the patient was transported to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.