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25260
Record ID
January 17, 2018
Incident Date
15:30:00
Time
Specialized Enforcement -- Shift I
Division
Traffic Crash - Fatality
Title
Cheyenne Meadows Road and Highway 115
Location
On January 17, 2018, at approximately 3:30 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified of a crash involving an automobile and a bicycle at the intersection of Highway 115 and Star Ranch Road. Upon arrival, the officers found a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle as the vehicle was attempting an unprotected left turn from westbound Cheyenne Meadows Road onto southbound Highway 115. The bicyclist was immediately transported to an area hospital for treatment. The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Major Accident Unit responded to the scene and assumed responsibility for this investigation.

The investigation revealed that 89 year old Ernest Eldridge of Colorado Springs was attempting the aforementioned left turn when he struck the bicyclist, who was crossing the intersection legally, eastbound, on a green light. Alcohol, speed, and drugs are not considered factors in this wreck; however, the daylight conditions did make visibility challenging.

On January 30, 2018, the bicyclist succumbed to the injuries suffered during this crash. The El Paso County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s identity. This is the fifth traffic related fatality in Colorado Springs in 2018 and the first bicyclist to be killed this year. At this time last year, there was one traffic related fatality.

This is still an active investigation. Charges pending after the completion and review of this investigation.

Anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

NOTE TO MEDIA: All updates will ONLY come from the Public Affairs Section when available.
Summary
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Black  -   444-7412
PD Contact
& Number


25259
Record ID
January 7, 2018
Incident Date
12:00:00
Time
Investigations -- Shift I
Division
Death
Title
100 Block of West Motor Way
Location
On January 30, 2018, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Violent Crime Homicide /Assault Unit working with the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit; arrested 36 year old ARQUINN DEANDRE STAFFORD charged with First Degree Murder. Stafford was arrested for the January 7, 2018 murder of 30 year old Benjamin Lee Sharkey in the 100 block of West Motor Way.

Photograph is not being released at this time. This is still an active investigation.

Anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

NOTE TO MEDIA: All updates will ONLY come from the Public Affairs Section when available.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
100 BLOCK OF WEST MOTOR WAY

On January 8, 2018, the El Paso Coroner’s Office completed the autopsy on the deceased male who was shot on January 7, 2018, in the 100 block of West Motor Way. The deceased male has been identified as 30 year old Benjamin Lee Sharkey, a resident of Colorado Springs.

Mr. Sharkey’s death is the first homicide investigated by the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2018. The City of Colorado Springs had no homicides at this time last year. This continues to be an active investigation.
Summary
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Black  -   444-7412
PD Contact
& Number


25257
Record ID
January 30, 2018
Incident Date
22:50:00
Time
Stetson Hills -- Shift III
Division
Assault
Title
3600 Jeannine Dr.
Location
On 01/30/2018, at approximately 10:50pm, Officers from the Stetson Hills Division were made aware of a shooting victim that came into a local area hospital seeking medical attention. It was later determined that the shooting occurred in the 3600 block of Jeannine Dr. where a small scene was discovered and several shell casings were collected for evidence.

The victim in this case was listed in stable condition and was able to speak with Officers at the hospital. According to his account of events he was trying to buy marijuana from an unknown suspect when the suspect pulled out a gun and started shooting at him. The victim was struck once on the back left side. The victim was transported to a local area hospital. Investigation is continuing.

Summary
None
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Feese  -   444-7240
PD Contact
& Number


25256
Record ID
January 31, 2018
Incident Date
1:30:00
Time
Sand Creek -- Shift III
Division
Robbery
Title
2500 Block of International Circle
Location
A male victim was sitting in his vehicle in the 2500 block of International Circle when he was approached by an unknown male suspect. After a brief conversation, the unknown male suspect produced a handgun and demanded that the victim exit the vehicle. When the victim got out of his vehicle the suspect entered the car and left. The vehicle was last seen heading eastbound on International Circle.

The suspect was described was a Hispanic or light skinned black male, approximately 5'10 to 6' tall with an average build. He was wearing all dark colored clothing.

The victim's vehicle was a gold colored, 1996 Toyota Camry with Colorado license plate #OBQ-637.

No one was injured.
Summary
None
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Chanza  -   444-7270
PD Contact
& Number


25254
Record ID
January 26, 2018
Incident Date
12:00:00
Time
Investigations -- Shift I
Division
Sex Assault
Title
Police Operations Center
Location
The Colorado Springs Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) received CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). During the course of the follow up investigation, detectives learned that a 44 year old Colorado Springs male was in possession of child pornography. Detectives further learned that the male was a Colorado Springs School District #11 teacher.

On January 26, 2018, detectives arrested Mike Hedges without incident. He was charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, CRS 18-6-403, a Class 3 felony. Hedges was booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center with no bond.

We have no information at this time that any students are victims. Follow Twitter for photograph.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of 61 task force lead agencies with more than 3,000 affiliated agencies. The Colorado Springs Police Department is the lead task force for the State of Colorado.

Anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

NOTE TO MEDIA: All updates will ONLY come from the Public Affairs Section when available.
Summary
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Black  -   444-7412
PD Contact
& Number


25253
Record ID
February 2, 2018
Incident Date
11:00:00
Time
Chief's Office -- Shift I
Division
Other
Title
Adams County
Location
The funeral for Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm will take place on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 11:00 AM, at the Flatirons Community Church, 355 West South Boulder Road in Lafayette CO. Those attending the service are asked to be at the church no later than 10:00 AM. Updates will follow this announcement.

Attendance by off-duty sworn and civilian personnel is voluntary but encouraged. Off-duty sworn personnel are approved to wear the Class A uniform, which includes a Long Sleeved Shirt, Tie, and Hat. Neither sworn nor civilian off-duty personnel are authorized to operate or ride in a city vehicle to or from the event and no overtime or comp-time compensation is approved for off-duty members who attend. On-duty sworn and civilian personnel may attend with supervisor approval.

It is appropriate for all officers to wear a mourning band on their badges in the 2 o’clock to 8 o’clock position from now through midnight on the day of the service.

Chief Peter Carey
Summary
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Black  -   444-7412
PD Contact
& Number


25251
Record ID
January 28, 2018
Incident Date
22:05:00
Time
Stetson Hills -- Shift III
Division
Other
Title
5200 Half Moon Drive
Location
On 01/28/18 at approximately 2200 hours, Officers responded to the 5200 block of Half Moon Drive reference the report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a citizen’s driveway. Officers located the vehicle occupied 2x. Officer attempted contact with the occupants and identified themselves as police officers. The driver attempted to back up his vehicle and then pulled forward towards and officer causing the officer to jump out of the way to prevent being hit. The vehicle then fled in an unknown direction of travel.
Summary
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Kern  -   385-2125
PD Contact
& Number


25247
Record ID
January 27, 2018
Incident Date
23:45:00
Time
Falcon -- Shift III
Division
Robbery
Title
4600 Rusina Rd
Location
On 01/28/2018 at approximately 0005 hours, Officers of the Falcon Division were dispatched to the 4600 block of Rusina Road regarding a personal robbery. The investigation revealed that the victim had invited an unidentified male to her room. The victim stated she had met the male the night before at a nightclub. Approximately 5-10 minutes after arriving, the suspect pulled a handgun on the victim, telling her to give him her money. When the victim told the suspect she did not have any money, he demanded her phone. She gave him her phone and the suspect left the area in an unknown vehicle. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect. There is no danger to the public in general at this time.

Anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

NOTE TO MEDIA: All updates will ONLY come from the Public Affairs Section when available.
Summary
None
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Sokolik  -   444-3140
PD Contact
& Number


25246
Record ID
January 27, 2018
Incident Date
1:11:00
Time
Sand Creek -- Shift III
Division
Traffic Crash
Title
140 North Academy Blvd.
Location
*****UPDATE************

Academy Blvd has been reopened.

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On 1/27/18 at approximately 0118 hours, units were dispatched to a single vehicle accident in the 140 block of North Academy Blvd. Upon arrival of responding units it determined that the operator of the involved vehicle was heading northbound in the left through lane when it veered off the right side of the road striking an electric tower. The vehicle was occupied by two adult males. The passenger of the vehicle was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he was determined to have serious bodily injury. The driver of the vehicle was detained for suspected driving under the influence of alcohol. Northbound North Academy Blvd. was shut down, with all northbound traffic diverted onto Shelly Dr. The CSPD Major Accident Unit was notified, responded to the accident scene and assumed the investigation.
Summary
1
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Sokolik  -   444-3140
PD Contact
& Number


25245
Record ID
January 26, 2018
Incident Date
23:29:00
Time
Falcon -- Shift III
Division
Burglary
Title
2900 N. Prospect St
Location
Officers responded to 2900 N. Prospect St. to investigate a burglary alarm. Officers saw two juveniles inside the fence line trying to break into the business and they fled on foot. Officers caught one suspect immediately nearby. The second suspect forced his way into two other homes in the neighborhood telling home owners he was just robbed and needed them to call his parents, not the police. Investigation revealed both parties were together and broke into a building at the business. Both were arrested on 2nd Degree Burglary and 1st Degree Criminal Trespass.
Summary
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Sokolik  -   444-3140
PD Contact
& Number


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