Colorado Bureau of Investigation

  • Agency: Colorado Bureau of Investigation
  • Address: 690 Kipling St, Ste. 3000, Lakewood, 80215 CO
  • Chief:
Phone: (303) 239-4201
Fax: (303) 239-5788

Colorado Bureau of Investigation is located at 690 Kipling St, Ste. 3000, Lakewood, 80215 CO. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation phone number is (303) 239-4201.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation News

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Another Forensic Science Week gem! See how the CBI's Crime Scene response team uses a variety of technologies to process crimes scenes across Colorado. Great job providing a wonderful demo, CBI Arvada. https://kdvr.com/2018/09/20/crime-scene-investigators-create-3d-images-to-bring-into-colorado-courtrooms/

Grand Junction is up next for our Forensic Science Week feature! Our team gave KREX a behind the scenes look at Big Blue, the crime scene response vehicle and inside the Forensic Science Laboratory serving the western slope. https://www.westernslopenow.com/news/local-news/behind-the-scenes-of-cbi/1462666016

It's Forensic Science Week! Check out this news story about latent print examinations by Fox 21 News in Southern Colorado. https://www.fox21news.com/news/local/cbi-lab-in-pueblo-west-gives-inside-look-at-fingerprint-analysis/1462834855

National Forensic Science Week Fast Fact: Latent Prints-- There are approximately 1000 people in the world who are certified as a latent print examiner. CBI has 10 of those individuals. Latent Print Examiner Vu (showing her adventurous side at the Grand Canyon) earned her International Association for Identification (IAI) Latent Print Examiner Certification.

Our partners with the Aurora Police Department have requested an Endangered Missing Alert for Daniela Ruano-Morales. Daniela is a 10-years old, is 4’10” in height and weighs 65lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She’s wearing a gray tank top and sweatpants with flowers on them. She was last seen in the 1900 block of Elmira St. at 10am Monday. Call 911 if seen.

News Release: Arrest Made in Burlington Child Abuse/Sex Assault Investigation (September 17, 2018—CBI—Lakewood, CO)—A Colorado man has been arrested in connection with an alleged child abuse and child sex assault occurring in Burlington, Colorado, on Saturday, September 15, 2018. A female juvenile was taken to the Kit Carson Health Service District Hospital in Burlington with extensive injuries on Saturday evening. The juvenile was later transported to Children’s Hospital in Aurora for continued treatment. Her condition is not known at this time, but it is believed her injuries are not life-threatening at this point. Agents with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in conjunction with the Burlington Police Department and 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, investigated the incident in the late evening hours of Saturday into Sunday morning to locate the suspect who had fled the area. Cole Price (DOB: 03/09/1990) was taken into custody without incident by officers with the Garden City Police Department in Garden City, Kansas, just before noon on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Price faces charges of assault in the first degree, sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, and child abuse, all class three felonies. He is being held at the Finney County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) Jail in Kansas without bond, and awaits extradition to Colorado. Because of the nature of the crime, the location of the incident and details about the female victim are not available at this time. The investigation continues.

It's National Forensic Science Week! We celebrate the men and women of the CBI's forensic science laboratories across Colorado. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for a peek into the world of forensic science all week long.

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, we remember the dedication of our first responders, the sacrifice of our service men and women, the patriots of Flight 93 whose battle cry of “let’s roll” prevented another attack on a major US city, and Americans who showed the world what strength and resiliency mean.

***UPDATE**** We received word from the Orange County Sheriff's Department that Kaia Fina is no longer believed to be in Colorado. The alert for our state has been canceled. We will continue to provide any updates we receive. A Missing Endangered Alert has been issued for 11-year-old Kaia Fina. Kaia may be with her non-custodial parent, Sera Fina, in the Denver metro area. Kaia and Sera are from California. Orange County investigators have reason to believe they are in Colorado in a 2007 blue BMW X3, California license plate number: 7RRY771. Call police if spotted.

A news release from our partners at the Ault Police Department AULT, CO –The Ault Police Department is seeking information from the public on a missing person that is suspicious in nature. Be on the lookout for REBECCA ANNE SMITH, DOB 10/16/1983. Smith was last seen at the Weld County Jail on 03/21/2018. There is reason to believe that after her release she came to Ault and may be in the Ault, Greeley or Garden City area. Smith is 5’3”, 120 pounds, has black hair, green eyes, and a tattoo on her shoulder. It is unknown what Smith may be wearing or any associated vehicles. If you believe you have any information on Smith’s whereabouts, contact the Ault Police Department immediately. # Office – 970-834-1336 # After-Hours Dispatch – 970-356-1212 #

We just passed 10,000 likes on the CBI Facebook page. Thank you so much for being part of our community.

CBI News Release CBI Investigates Burglary and Shooting in Southern Colorado (September 5, 2018—CBI—Pueblo, CO)—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been requested by the Antonito Police Department to investigate a burglary and shooting occurring in the southern Colorado town of Antonito in the morning hours of September 1, 2018. The owner of the G6 Hamburger Stand (210 Main St.) in Antonito was alerted of a burglary in progress through his security system at 5:30 a.m., on Saturday, September 1, 2018. After instructing a family member to call authorities, the business owner traveled to the restaurant. While standing outside the restaurant, the business owner was allegedly charged by the burglary suspect as he exited the building. The business owner, who was armed, fired his weapon, striking Byron Garcia-Duran (DOB: 08/04/1992) of Antonito. Garcia-Duran was later pronounced deceased. CBI agents are in the process of conducting interviews and additional follow-up. At the completion of the investigation by CBI agents, case information will be forwarded to the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for their review. The business owner’s name is not being released, as there have been no arrests made in the case to date. Part of the DA’s review will be to determine if any charges are appropriate in the case. Antonito is approximately 30 miles south of Alamosa, and is near the New Mexico border.

News Release CBI Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting in Southern Colorado 08/25/2018--The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Saguache County, just before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Saguache County deputies attempted to contact the driver and passenger of a stolen vehicle (silver, Jeep Patriot) in the town of Moffat, on Saturday morning. A pursuit was initiated by Saguache County deputies, and later joined by a Colorado State Patrol trooper and an Alamosa County deputy. The female passenger of the stolen vehicle brandished a shotgun during the course of the pursuit that traveled along several county roads. A CSP sergeant successfully deployed stop sticks on Colorado Highway 17 at the Highway 112 junction, near the Saguache/Alamosa county line. The stolen vehicle came to a stop in the middle of Colorado Highway 17. The driver and the passenger both exited the vehicle, with the shotgun brandished during the pursuit, and may have been heading toward another vehicle that had pulled over to yield to the pursuit in the area. The CSP trooper fired multiple rounds toward the suspects. At least one of the suspects fired a weapon. It's believed the male suspect, who had been driving the stolen vehicle, shot himself. Both suspects were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no injuries to law enforcement during the incident. The CSP trooper's name is not being released at this time. This is an ongoing investigation.

** NEWS RELEASE** CBI agents and analysts participated in a three month operation with local, state and federal partners in southern Colorado, yielding more than 150 arrests. The results from Operation Triple Beam are listed below. OPERATION TRIPLE BEAM COLORADO: 156 ARRESTS COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A large-scale gang enforcement operation, dubbed “Operation Triple Beam Colorado,” (OTB), in which a number of Colorado law enforcement agencies partnered with the U.S. Marshals Service from May 15 through August 10, led to the arrest of 156 people. OTB Colorado saw the participation of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Department of Corrections, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Pueblo Police Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Attorney’s Office, all working on the U.S. Marshals Service-led operation aimed at providing communities with immediate relief from gang-related violence by targeting fugitive gang members and the organizations responsible for committing violent crimes. The District of Colorado’s U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (COVOTF) specifically targets violent Offenders with active local, state and federal arrest warrants. The task force is composed of law enforcement agencies located in Colorado that choose to participate in apprehending violent offenders in our communities. Since its inception in 2010, Operation Triple Beam has been conducted 50 times nationwide, resulting in more than 8,000 arrests and the seizure of more than 1,800 illegal firearms. OTB Colorado Highlights 156 fugitives have been arrested 26 firearms were seized to include 10 fully automatic rifles 1.3 kilograms of methamphetamine seized 739 grams of cocaine seized Six stolen vehicles recovered $89,087 in illicit funds recovered

As the CBI continues to provide assistance to the Frederick Police Department to investigate the homicides of Shanann, Celeste and Bella Watts, we wanted to express our thanks to everyone who reached out to share their concerns, prayers, and well wishes. Although this week has been dark, the spirit of Coloradans has come shining through.

**UPDATE** The Endangered Missing Alert for Shanann, Celeste and Bella Watts has been canceled. Their bodies have been located and recovered. The investigation continues. An Endangered Missing Alert has been issued for Shannan Watts (age 34), and her two daughters Celeste and Bella Watts (ages 3&4). Shannan, who is 15 weeks pregnant, was reported missing along with her daughters, last seen in the Frederick area. Call Frederick police with any information

NEWS RELEASE The Las Animas County Sheriff's Office requested that the CBI share an update from a homicide investigation from May of this year. Second Arrest Made in Aguilar Homicide Investigation On August 6, 2018, Angel Waln (DOB:11/05/1971) of Trinidad was arrested on multiple charges including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, and other charges. The arrest is in connection with the death of Burchard Mitchell (age 39), who was found deceased near a county road two miles west of Aguilar on May 9, 2018 Waln was arrested at the intersection of 2nd St. and Oak St., in Trinidad, Colorado. Waln was transported to the Las Animas County Jail where she is being held on $100,000 cash bond. Waln is also facing drug-related charges unrelated to Mitchell’s murder. LACSO deputies and Trinidad police officers arrested Domenic Damelio (age 20), of Trinidad, on May 23, 2018. Damelio is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and first-degree kidnapping. Damelio is currently being held at the Las Animas County Detention Facility. The LACSO and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the incident to determine the circumstances surrounding the homicide of Mitchell. Two tip lines are available for citizens to provide information connected with the case: Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office—719-846-2211 Trinidad Police Department—719-846-4441WS RELEASEThe Las Animas County Sheriff's Office requested that we share an update from a homicide investigation from May of this year.

Did you know...the CBI participated in a news conference where it was announced the homicide suspect in two cold cases dating back to 1984 had been identified. Please visit the CBI website for the news release for details about the suspect and the crimes in announcing the name of the suspect: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cbi/news/arrest-made-two-colorado-cold-cases

Check out this great resource being offered by the CBI Identity Theft Unit. This interactive map will help you navigate the process if you've been a victim of ID Theft.

Our partners at the Aurora and Lakewood police departments and the 1st and 18th judicial district attorney offices have made an announcement in two 1984 cold cases: ***BREAKING NEWS*** UPDATE IN 1984 COLD CASE HOMICIDE The investigation into the 1984 cold case homicides of Patricia Louise Smith in Lakewood and the three members of the Bennett family in Aurora are reaching a critical stage. No further information can be released at this time, but we expect to provide more information at a news conference that will be hosted by the Aurora Police Department on Friday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. Representatives of the Aurora Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation will be at the news conference. The news media should be cautious that any information provided by a source other than one of these organizations may be inaccurate and should be treated with caution. These are sensitive and complicated investigations, and information is being made available as quickly as possible.

An Endangered Missing Alert has been issued for 7-yr-old Jordan Vong of Denver. He was last seen near Chambers Rd. and Bolling Dr., and was reported missing at 4:30 pm on Monday, August 6. He was wearing grey sweatpants and a shirt. We’ll continue to monitor and provide updates as they become available. Please call the Denver Police Department with information about Jordan.

An Endangered Missing Alert has been issued for 4-year-old Sparrow Sow (or Sparrow Lewis) from La Plata County in southwest Colorado. Last seen on August 1, Sparrow may be with Michelle Lewis traveling in a light blue Toyota Corolla, Colorado license plate number ZBQ611. Call the La Plata County Sheriff's Office with information.

The 18th Judicial District sent out this news release about a CBI-led investigation regarding the misuse of criminal justice information. Former APD Lieutenant Guilty of Misconduct A jury on Friday found a former Aurora police lieutenant guilty of first-degree official misconduct for using his access to a confidential, criminal justice information database to help his then-girlfriend get a job. The jury deliberated less than 30 minutes before finding Leland Silver, 47, guilty of the Class 2 misdemeanor. Judge Colleen Clark sentenced him to 30 days in jail, suspended, with 12 months of probation. “No one is above the law. We expect the best from our sworn law enforcement officers,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “We place significant trust in those we hire to be our protectors. From them, we expect much. This defendant damaged the trust our community places in its officers through his self-serving abuse of sensitive information.” By statute, Silver’s conviction will result in revocation of his Colorado peace officer certification. Silver was terminated by the Aurora Police Department. In April 2017, Silver’s ex-girlfriend reported the misuse to Aurora Police investigators, who referred the investigation to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI). CBI determined that in May 2015, Silver accessed the criminal justice information database to find an identity that his girlfriend could use to find a job. The girlfriend had a criminal record and was having difficulties passing a background check. Silver then texted to his girlfriend the driver’s license information, including the date of birth and Social Security number, of a woman with the same name who had no criminal record. There was no evidence the girlfriend actually used the ID that Silver gave her. Accessing the databases (the National Crime Information Center/Colorado Crime Information Center (NCIC/CCIC) and DMV records) with the intent to obtain a benefit not only violates APD and CBI rules, but it is also a crime. “This defendant abused his power,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Amy Ferrin told the court. “He put an innocent person — who trusts in the police — at risk of being the victim of identity theft. When a police officer misbehaves, it tarnishes the reputation of the entire profession. He should never again be able to work as a public servant.” “His behavior is a problem because it is a crime,” added Deputy District Attorney Diana Sada, who prosecuted the case with Ferrin. “His badge does not shield him from the law.” ###

The Pueblo Police Department has requested a Developmentally Disabled Alert for 26-year-old Robert Medina Jr. He was last seen near Vinewood Lane and Devonshire Lane in Pueblo around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night. It's believed he walked away from a care facility. Robert has cognitive issues and requires medication. He is 5'05" and weighs 180lbs., and usually wears shorts, tee shirt and tennis shoes. Please call police if you have information about Robert's whereabouts.