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24588
Record ID
August 7, 2017
Incident Date
12:00:00 PM
Time
Investigations -- Shift I
Division
Sex Assault
Title
Police Operations Center
Location
August 8, 2017 {Release at Will}

COLORADO WOMAN BRANDI LEONARD SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERM FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Co-defendant Richard Hennis previously sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for same offense

DENVER – Brandi Leonard, age 20, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve 240 months (20 years), followed by 10 years on supervised release for production of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Denver Division Acting Special Agent in Charge John Eisert, and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Commander for Colorado Lieutenant Christina Sheppard of the Colorado Springs Police Department announced. Co-defendant Richard Hennis, age 41, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was previously sentenced also by Judge Brimmer to serve 324 months (27 years) in federal prison for the production and transportation of child pornography. Following his prison sentence, Hennis was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release. Defendant Leonard, who appeared at the hearing in custody, was remanded at its conclusion.

Leonard and co-defendant Hennis were first charged by criminal complaints on March 11, 2016. They were then indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on April 5, 2016. Leonard pled guilty on April 13, 2017, and was sentenced on August 3, 2017. Hennis pled guilty before Judge Brimmer on November 21, 2016, and was sentenced on April 19, 2017.

According to evidence presented in open court, as well as information contained in public filings, including the stipulated facts contained in Leonard’s plea agreement, Leonard and Hennis engaged in online chats spanning approximately one month. Leonard told Hennis that she had sexually abused an infant. Hennis encouraged Leonard to sexually abuse the infant again, to take pictures or video of the abuse, and to send them to him. Leonard did exactly what Hennis had asked. Law enforcement recovered the pictures that were produced of the infant from Hennis’s phone. Hennis then sent the sexual abuse images of the infant to another individual he was communicating with online.

During their chats, the two defendants discussed in graphic detail kidnapping, raping, killing and dismembering a child between the ages of 4 and 8 years old. Leonard twice during the chat indicated that she didn’t intend to go through with it.

“Understand this: federal law enforcement has highly motivated, expert teams standing ready to present the harshest possible punishment if you victimize an infant,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer.

“Crimes perpetrated against children are especially heinous,” said John Eisert, acting special agent in charge of HSI Denver. “I’m proud of the work HSI and our law
enforcement partners did to identify these malicious predators and rescue the victim in this egregious case — as well as prevent potential future crimes against other children.”

“The Colorado ICAC would like to thank all individuals that assisted with this investigation,” said ICAC Commander for Colorado, Lieutenant Christina Sheppard of the Colorado Springs Police Department. “Due to their tireless efforts a conviction was obtained and the defendant was sentenced appropriately.”
This case was investigated by HSI and the Colorado Springs Police Department’s ICAC Unit, with support provided by the Limon Police Department.

The defendants were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alecia L. Riewerts, assigned to the Cybercrime and National Security Section of the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Criminal Division.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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


24587
Record ID
August 8, 2017
Incident Date
5:17:00 AM
Time
Stetson Hills -- Shift III
Division
Assault
Title
6300 Casual Drive
Location
On 08/08/17 at approximately 0517 hours, Stetson Hills Officers responded to the 6300 block of Casual Drive in reference to a 911 text reporting a domestic violence related assault. The reported suspect was found to have several active felony arrest warrants out for his arrest. Upon the officers’ arrival, a perimeter was set and contact was made at the residence. The victim was contacted and the suspect was located in the basement. The suspect failed to obey commands to exit the basement and fled out of a basement window. A short foot pursuit ensued and the officers lost sight of the male suspect who had climbed over several fences into several back yards. Containment was set, and the suspect was located in a back yard. After another short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody. The suspect was later transported to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on the active arrest warrants, along with additional charges of Kidnapping, Menacing, Assault and possession of illegal narcotics.
Summary
Zakkary Haze 24 YOA
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Steckler  -   444-3140
PD Contact
& Number


24585
Record ID
August 5, 2017
Incident Date
1:00:00 PM
Time
Sand Creek -- Shift I
Division
Traffic Crash
Title
3500 Dogwood Dr
Location
On above date and time officers were dispatched to a hit & run accident involving a blue Chevrolet Blazer. The vehicle struck a mailbox and the driver, fled the scene on foot. According to witnesses the driver was armed with a handgun. Another call was received by a homeowner in the 3500 block of Darkwood Dr. The homeowner reported a Hispanic male with a handgun climbed his tree and jumped on his roof. Officers found the male suspect and talked him into disarming himself. Officers then talked the male down off the roof where he was taken into custody without further incident. No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
Summary
Gabriel Garcia
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Feese  -   444-7270
PD Contact
& Number


24584
Record ID
August 4, 2017
Incident Date
5:06:00 PM
Time
Stetson Hills -- Shift II
Division
Arrest
Title
3838 Maizeland Road
Location
Stetson Hills Officers were dispatched to 3838 Maizeland Road with reference to the recovery of stolen property. The employees at the DMC Paintball store called to report that multiple suspects were at the business attempting to sell merchandise that they were aware was stolen in a burglary that occurred in the county. The responding officers made contact with the suspects near the business as they were sitting in a stolen car that was taken in an unrelated case. The officers completed a felony stop and detained the two arrestees without incident. Officers located an amount of suspected heroin within the car along with items of stolen property. The two arrestees will be charged with possession of schedule I controlled substance, theft and motor vehicle theft charges.
Summary
Chance Ruuti ange 25, Issac Guillory age 21
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Abbink  -   444-3140
PD Contact
& Number


24582
Record ID
August 4, 2017
Incident Date
8:00:00 AM
Time
Gold Hill -- Shift II
Division
Other
Title
500 Block E. Madison St
Location
On August 4, 2017, the Colorado Springs Police Department was advised of spray painted graffiti in and around the neighborhood of the 500 block of E. Madison Street. An investigation is currently under way.
Summary
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Weber  -   385-2125
PD Contact
& Number


24580
Record ID
August 3, 2017
Incident Date
9:03:00 PM
Time
Gold Hill -- Shift III
Division
Traffic Crash
Title
Lake Ave. / Southgate Rd.
Location
On Thursday, 08/03/17, at approximately 2103 hours, a call for service was received regarding a traffic accident with injuries and passengers possibly pinned, at the intersection of Lake Ave. and Southgate Rd. Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, it was necessary to shut down all of westbound Lake Ave. with the exception of the right turn lane, all of southbound Southgate Rd., with the exception of the right turn lane, and the left turn lane of eastbound Lake Ave. Due to the time of day and the volume of traffic, this did not cause any major traffic delays.
The traffic accident occurred in the intersection and involved three vehicles. It was caused by a vehicle turning left in front of oncoming traffic. There were six occupants between the three vehicles. Two of the occupants were extricated by the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Three occupants were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals with varying degrees of non-life-threatening injuries. One of those occupants had serious injuries. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor.
As of this time, the roads are expected to be re-opened within the hour.
Summary
No
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Buzzell  -   385-2125
PD Contact
& Number


24579
Record ID
August 3, 2017
Incident Date
5:38:00 PM
Time
Gold Hill -- Shift II
Division
Other
Title
I-25 and Cimarron St
Location
UPDATE: HAZMAT incident cleared at 2130 hrs. NB lanes of I-25 reopened. SB lanes to remained closed due to overnight construction.

The Colorado Springs Fire and Police Departments have all northbound and southbound lanes of I-25 shut down due to a tracker trailer, carrying chemical waste, with smoke and fire coming from it's load in the trailer. HAZMAT crews are on scene assessing the situation. CSPD on scene for traffic control.
Summary
N/A
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Black  -   385-2125
PD Contact
& Number


24578
Record ID
July 31, 2017
Incident Date
8:55:00 PM
Time
Investigations -- Shift I
Division
Death
Title
3837 Village Road South
Location
UPDATE: August 3, 2017 {Release at Will}

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office has completed the autopsies on the two deceased individuals found in the residence located at 3837 Village Road South the morning of August 1, 2017.

The adult female victim has been positively identified as 43 year old Amanda Patti. Amanda Patti was a resident of Colorado Springs. Amanda Patti’s death is the 18th homicide investigated by the Colorado Springs Police Department this year. The city had 14 homicides at this time last year.

The male suspect has been positively identified as 38 year old Madrios Ah Chang, also a resident of Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Police Department’s homicide investigation has determined Chang’s death to be a suicide.

During the Patrol and Tactical Enforcement Units’ operations on July 31, 2017 and August 1, 2017, two search warrants and one arrest warrant were obtained for Madrios Ah Chang. Once both residences were secured, the Homicide Unit processed the scene locating a deceased male and female. Today both individuals were positively identified. Steps were taken through the judicial process to quash the arrest warrant for the deceased Madrios Ah Chang.

The two victims located at 3835 Village Road South, both of whom were transported to an area hospital suffering from gunshot wounds, are recovering and are in stable condition.

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


24575
Record ID
August 2, 2017
Incident Date
5:45:00 PM
Time
Falcon -- Shift II
Division
Arrest
Title
8600 Braeswood Point
Location
At approximately 5:45 PM on August 2, 2017, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 8600 block of Braeswood Point. During the investigation, officers learned that the male involved in the disturbance had a felony warrant for Burglary and Assault. Officers later located the male in a nearby shopping complex and arrested Jose Ruiz, a 35 year old male, without incident.
Summary
Jose Ruiz
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Noblitt  -   444-7240
PD Contact
& Number


24572
Record ID
August 2, 2017
Incident Date
8:13:00 PM
Time
Falcon -- Shift II
Division
TEU - K9 Activity
Title
Braeswood Pt/Lexington Dr
Location
UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF 8:45 PM: Suspect in custody and there is no longer a threat to the public

The following ENS message was sent out at 8:13 PM: This is an important message from the Colorado Springs police department. CSPD is working a critical incident at the Commons at Briargate Apartments in the area of Parliament Drive and Lexington Drive. CSPD is asking that if you live in the area please stay indoors and shelter in place until further notice. CSPD will send out another message when the situation has been resolved. Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Summary
Adults
Arrested
Lt. Noblitt  -   444-7240
PD Contact
& Number


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