Broomfield Arrest Connected to Pueblo Homicide

April 27, 2018 GMT

Charges are pending for a man taken into custody April 18 after he fled Broomfield police and Department of Correction officers with an infant in the vehicle he was driving.

Julian Gutierrez, 29, also was identified as a person of interest in a Pueblo homicide.

Gutierrez, who got into a crash — and then a fight with a Broomfield officer — was released from the hospital Saturday and transferred to the Broomfield Jail.

He was expected to Wednesday in Broomfield Combined Courts for a filing of charges.

Police said another suspect, Rudy Sosa, 29, was arrested about 6 p.m. April 17 in Northglenn, according to a Pueblo news release. He was arrested in connection with a homicide that took place Sunday in the 3900 block of Azalea Street in Pueblo.

“He was initially taken into custody in Northglenn by the Colorado Department of Corrections, Parole Division on a parole violation,” the release states. “Sosa was then transported to the Pueblo Police Department where he was arrested on a warrant for first degree murder.”

Sosa was booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center on the arrest warrant. The victim of the homicide has been identified by the Pueblo County Coroner’s Office as 35-year-old Nathan Espinosa.

Sgt. Steve Griebel of the Broomfield Police Department said the Colorado Department of Correction’s Fugitive Unit called Broomfield police the morning of April 18 with the information that an additional person who may have been involved in the homicide was at an apartment near West 6th Avenue and Alter Street in Broomfield.

State officials were searching for Gutierrez, who had an outstanding warrant for motor vehicle theft.

About 11:30 a.m., DOC officers and Broomfield police planned to go to the apartment to contact him. As they were doing so, they saw Gutierrez and a female carrying her infant.

The trio got in a vehicle and police made a felony car stop near 6th Avenue and Poppy Way, a few blocks away. At that time, the female was taken into custody and Gutierrez jumped back inside the vehicle, Griebel said, which held the 1-year-old child.

He drove away,and police did not pursue the vehicle, Griebel said. There were communication issues with police radios at the time that prohibited police from getting all the information they needed.

There was an officer near 120th Boulevard and Sheridan Avenue who saw the vehicle heading east on West 120th at a high rate of speed, Griebel said, and turning right to go south on Sheridan Boulevard.

At West 118th Avenue, the driver crashed into a UPS truck. The driver was uninjured, police said.

The officer pursing Gutierrez took him into custody after a fight. Police initially said Gutierrez had cuts to his face, but later discovered his injuries were more serious and he was admitted into a local hospital.

The officer was uninjured in the fight.

The child was checked for injuries, Griebel said, and appeared to be uninjured.

Broomfield victims advocates arrived at the scene to help with the child, but it is unclear where he or she was taken. The child has since been reunited with the mother, who was detained but not arrested but issued a driving citation.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios