Tuesday, March 2, 2010


On Friday, February 26, 2010, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Adams County Sheriff's Office responded to the 400 block of Cuchara Street after a Westminster Police Officer received a LoJack signal indicating a stolen vehicle in the area. The vehicle associated with the LoJack was a Dodge Durango and had been reported stolen out of Aurora, Colorado.

Deputies from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, a Federal Heights Police officer, a Westminster Police officer, and the Colorado State Patrol were in the area looking for the stolen vehicle. An Adams County Deputy saw the stolen vehicle and saw three suspects getting into a Ford truck that was parked and running, directly in front of the stolen Durango. The Ford was being stolen as the deputy arrived. The vehicle left at a high-rate of speed as the deputy was attempting to stop it. A pursuit ensued and continued until 62nd Avenue and Broadway. The driver of the truck lost control and struck a light pole. Deputies and officers exited their vehicles and began giving verbal commands for the driver and occupants to give up. The driver of the truck then rammed three marked patrol vehicles as he continued trying to elude the deputies. Two Adams County patrol cars and one Westminster patrol car were damaged after being rammed by the truck. One Adams County Deputy and one Westminster Police officer fired at the truck. Two men, who were later identified as Jose Cruz Banuelos, 22, and Juan Luis Arteaga-Amezcua, 21, both of Denver, died at the scene. Alonso Banuelos, 23, of Denver, was taken into custody without further incident.

Alonso Banuelos, was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, Second Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Motor Vehicle Theft. Alonso Banuelos was booked into the Adams County Detention Facility where he was held until February 27, 2010, when the $5,000.00 bond was posted.

The Adams County Critical Incident Team is conducting the on-going investigation. The booking photograph for Alonso Banuelos is not available due to the on-going investigations.

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