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Felony kidnapping and assault charges filed

Bicycle chop shop discovered

by Eric Mullens

WALSENBURG — A Walsenburg man is in custody following an investigation into a kidnapping, robbery and assault case investigated by sheriff’s deputies Sunday, August 13 on West Seventh Street.

At 5:30 am August 13, deputies were dispatched to 808 West Seventh St., where a 29-year old woman reported she had been abducted, held against her will, and assaulted by the resident of the home, Daniel Montez. The victim told investigators she had gone to the address and the suspect tried to rob her, drug her inside of the home, hit her and held a gun on her.

Sheriff Bruce Newman said deputies obtained a search warrant and searched the residence, which he described as filthy. While no firearm was recovered, ammunition was found, and the sheriff called off the search due to concerns about staff health and safety inside the highly unsanitary conditions of the dwelling.

Montez is being held on a $100,000 bond on charges of first degree kidnapping, two counts of third degree assault, false imprisonment, aggravated robbery, menacing, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft ($50 to $300).

Bicycle chop shop If you, or someone you know has had a bicycle stolen in Walsenburg recently, it is more than likely the Huerfano Sheriff’s Office has the item, or at the very least, parts of it.

On Monday, August 21, a property owner in the 400 block of West Spruce St. gave sheriff’s deputies a consent to search their property when they suspected some illegal activity was going on at the location.

The investigation, according to Sheriff Newman, uncovered a ‘truck load’ of suspected stolen bicycles and bicycle parts that have now been recovered.

No immediate arrests have been made but Newman told the World Journal this week, deputies are working on at least four arrest warrants in connection with the case.

Anyone who has been the victim of bicycle theft is urged to call the Huerfano Sheriff’s Office at 719-738-1600.

Burglary arrests made, some property recovered Sheriff’s deputies have been busy in Walsenburg over the past two weeks investigating a number of burglaries and making arrests.

At about 5:42 am Tuesday, August 15, while on patrol in the city deputies discovered a kicked in door at 315 W. Second Street. Deputies followed a path from the burglary location to 405 W. Second where Johnny Ray Costello, 31, was arrested on an outstanding unrelated warrant. Investigators obtained a search warrant and returned to the location at 9 pm the same day. Quanisha Baros, 21, was at the location in a vehicle and, according to Newman, when she stepped out she dropped a ‘tooter’ on the ground. A tooter is a drug paraphernalia item used to sniff illegal substances. She was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant.

Costello’s vehicle was also at the location, and also subject to the search warrant. When searched investigators found a number of items suspected to have been taken in recent break-ins. He was charged in connection with the suspected stolen property and the investigation continues. Costello is in custody in lieu of $45,000 bond charged with second degree burglary and theft ($2,000 to $4,000).

Sporleder Feeds on East Fifth Street was the victim of a break-in and theft discovered Sunday morning, August 13. The suspect, Jason Sheffield, 32, is shown clearly on the business’s surveillance tape, despite the suspect’s alleged theft of the recording device. Images taken from the surveillance cameras were also instantly uploaded to a ‘cloud’, a secure off-site Internet storage system. Deputies obtained an arrest warrant and on Monday, Aug. 14, after a brief foot chase between East Seventh and East Sixth Streets, Sheffield was taken into custody.

None of the property, including a chain saw, allegedly stolen in the break in has been recovered.

Sheffield is in custody on a $20,000 bond charged with second degree burglary

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