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PRESS RELEASE (June 16, 2021) – The Trinidad Police Department (TPD) has encrypted its radio communications system. TPD joins the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office (LASO) and a large number of agencies across Colorado and the nation to use encryption for radio traffic between police officers and dispatchers.
The Trinidad Police Department uses digital radio channels for communications with other emergency personnel. Digital communications technology has advanced to the point that encryption of radio transmissions is possible. Encrypted transmissions can only be accessed by authorized parties.
The decision to move forward with encryption was based primarily on public safety concerns. The most important being the ongoing concern for the privacy of the victims of crimes. Officers broadcast victim information, including legal name, address, dates of birth, and other personal identifying information, over police radios. In some cases, medical and mental health information may be included.
This personal information can be used for identity theft among other things. While TPD officers are aware of their statutory obligation to protect the identities of victims of certain crimes in police records, police radio traffic is less controlled.
In addition to protecting the public’s safety, encryption will protect our officers. Many agencies across the country has occasions where police tactics and locations were discussed real-time on social media. The individuals sharing that information were listening to unencrypted police radio traffic. Criminals can also use scanners and unencrypted radio traffic to monitor the location of police while committing a crime and/or fleeing from a crime scene.
The goal of the Trinidad Police Department is to protect personal information during contacts with the public as well as enhancing officer safety. TPD strives to keep the public informed about ongoing critical incidents.
UPDATE – An arrest warrant has been issued for Stephen Forrest Ogden for charges of robbery and theft. Ogden has been identified as the male party who robbed the Power Credit Union on June 3, 2021.
Immediately after the robbery yesterday, a description of the suspect and vehicle were released to law enforcement agencies in neighboring states. The vehicle was located in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Las Vegas, NM. Officers entered the store and contacted asset protection who was able to use video surveillance to locate Odgen in the store.
Las Vegas Police Department Officers contacted Odgen and took him into custody. Odgen told officers that he had ingested packages of narcotics. He was transported to the hospital and began showing symptoms that one of the packages might have broken. Odgen was transported via Flight for Life to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
Odgen, 39, from Arvada, has outstanding warrants in Colorado and will face those charges before being extradited to Las Animas County to face the charges of robbery and theft.
PRESS RELEASE - On June 3, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., Trinidad Police Department officers were dispatched to Power Credit Union, 220 Pine Street, for a robbery that had just occurred.
The unknown male party left the bank in a bronze Kia. He has short hair and a beard and was wearing a tan hoodie, dirty blue pants, and a blue medical mask. Witnesses did not see a weapon.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Trinidad Police Department, 719-846-2993 x 205 or leave an anonymous tip at 719-845-TIPS (846-8477).
PRESS RELEASE - On May 19, 2021, Trinidad Police Department officers contacted a vehicle on the 600 block of San Juan Street.
During the contact, K-9 Murph was deployed at which time he alerted to the presence of narcotics on the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was conducted and 43.1 grams of narcotics were seized. The driver, Jason Martinez, 40, of Trinidad, was taken into custody.
Martinez was placed at the Las Animas County jail and faces the following charges: Unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, sale or possession of controlled substance, a class 2 drug felony; Unlawful possession of a schedule I controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony; Unlawful possession of a schedule II controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony; Illegal use of blue lights, a class 1 misdemeanor; and failure to use a turn signal, a class 1 traffic infraction.
PRESS RELEASE - On May 6, 2021 at approximately 8:23 pm, Trinidad Police Department officers responded to 106 Aguilar Court for a welfare check.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased male in the house. The identity of the individual will not be released until the next of kin can be located and notified. The incident is under investigation pending the autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Trinidad Police Department and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with information can contact investigators at 719-846-2993 x 205.
Officers are seeking a search warrant for the vehicle and an arrest warrant for the suspect.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846-4441 or leave an anonymous message at 719-845-TIPS (8477).
PRESS RELEASE - On April 21, 2021, Trinidad Police Department officers made contact with a vehicle on the 900 block of East Main Street. During the contact, K-9 Murph was deployed at which time he alerted to the presence of narcotics on the vehicle. After a search was conducted of the vehicle, a large amount of narcotics were seized. A female party was taken into custody and transported to jail.
On April 22, 2021, officers made contact with a vehicle on the 800 block of East Goddard Avenue. Again, K-9 Murph was deployed at which time he again alerted to the presence of narcotics on the vehicle. After a search was conducted of the vehicle, a large amount of narcotics and cash were located, and three individuals were taken into custody and transported to jail.
In a two-day span, K-9 Murph has helped officers seize 72 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 15.3 grams of suspected fentanyl, 13.3 grams of suspected heroin, and 2.8 grams of suspected Xanax.
In total, K-9 Murph has helped officers seize 253.03 grams of methamphetamine, 107.97 grams of heroin, 33.6 grams of cocaine, 18.1 grams of fentanyl, numerous assorted pills, along with over $23,000.00 in cash made from illegal drug sales.
PRESS RELEASE - On Thursday April 8, 2021, officers with the Trinidad Police Department arrested Leah Armijo on the 300 block of east Strong Ave. on outstanding warrants in connection with an explosive device which occurred on February 8, 2021.
Leah Armijo was taken into custody for the following charges: 18-3-202 Assault in the First Degree, 18-2-201 Conspiracy to Commit Assault in the first degree, 18-12-109 Possession or use of an explosive or incendiary device, and 18-2-201 18-12-109 Conspiracy to commit possession of use of explosive or incendiary device. Leah Armijo posted a $45,000 dollar cash or surety bond the same day she was arrested.
No additional information will be released regarding this incident.
PRESS RELEASE - On March 2, 2021, around 5:30 p.m., the Trinidad Police Department was contacted by ATF Agents advising they had possibly located a person of interest from the bombing incidents on February 5th and February 8th. With the location of the party being in the county, Trinidad Police asked for assistance from the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office. On the same night around 8:00 p.m., ATF Agents and Sheriff’s Deputies were able to locate and take into custody Joseph J Romero, 40, of Trinidad. Romero was taken into custody for several felony warrants from the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office.
Romero was transported to the Trinidad Police Department to meet with Detectives and ATF Agents. During the interview with Romero, information about a suspected device was ascertained. With the assistance of ATF, Pueblo Metro Bomb Squad, and Colorado Spring Metro Bomb Squad a device was located in a rural area outside of Trinidad and detonated. It should be noted the device was not in the area of any residences and there was no danger to the public.
Romero was later placed at the Las Animas County Jail for the numerous felony warrants from the Sheriff’s Office. Romero’s current charges are not related to the Trinidad Police Department's investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation, and no further information will be released at this time.
UPDATED - On February 20, 2021, at approximately 9:23 p.m., officers of the Trinidad Police Department were dispatched to the Downtown Motel at 516 E Main Street on a male party later identified as Joseph Kirkland/ Kirkland had called 911 and reported that a male party had tried to stab him.
Upon the officers’ arrival, they contacted Kirkland and found another male party in one of the rooms with gunshot wounds.
Emergency services were summoned to the scene and attempted to administer first aid; however, the male victim succumbed to the gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Las Animas County Coroner. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Tad Jeffery Michael Trefethen.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was also called in to assist with the investigation.
Kirkland is currently being held on a $100,000 bond at the Las Animas County Jail and is facing the charge of Second Degree Murder.
This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be made available when possible.
The Trinidad Police Department with the assistance of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and the Pueblo Police Department Bomb Squad have taken a party into custody for both incidents involving an explosive device; the first on Friday, February 5th and the second today, February 8th which caused severe injury to Diego Hurtado.
Jonathon Ryan Armijo of Trinidad was taken into custody and placed at the Las Animas County Jail for the following charges: two counts Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder, a class 2 Felony and two counts Possession/Use of an Explosive Device, a class 4 Felony.
Officers are still working two scenes, questioning a second party of interest and following up on all leads.
At this time, it is believed there is no danger to the public.
On the morning of February 8th, around 1:00 am the Trinidad Police Department responded to the 300Blk E North Ave in reference to an explosion.
Upon arrival officers made contact with a male party identified as Diego Hurtado who had severe injury to his person. Officers were advised by a male party, who was with Hurtado at the time of the incident that he and Hurtado were walking through the parking lot when they observed a package. Hurtado picked up the package and walked with it. Hurtado then opened the package and there was an explosion.
Hurtado was transported to the hospital by medical staff and then later transferred north by Flight for Life. Hurtado’s status is unknown at the time of this press release.
Based on evidence and statement(s) collected at the scene the Trinidad Police Department requested the assistance of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) along with the Pueblo Police Department Bomb Squad.
It should be noted that the Trinidad Police Department responded to a similar incident on Friday, February 5th, at the Wal-Mart parking lot.
The Trinidad Police Department along with the ATF is asking the public for assistance with these incidents and anyone who may have information to please contact the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846-4441 or those with information can dial 1-888-ATF-BOMB, email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit an anonymous tip through the ReportIt app which is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com. When reporting, be sure to include as many details as possible and contact information for potential follow up if a reward is sought.
Read more on the public information flyer provided by the ATF in reference to suspicions packages.
The Trinidad Police Department is participating in its second annual Polar Plunge. The Trinidad Polar Plunge will be on February 27, 2021 at Trinidad Lake-Boat Ramp from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please come out and help the Trinidad Police Department support Special Olympics. All proceeds will go to the Special Olympics Foundation. Participants (Plungers) will receive long sleeve Polar Plunge t-shirt.
Polar Plunge is a donation-based event. Fundraising minimum is $75. Fundraising can be raised as a team or individually. Each plunge will award “top fundraising trophies” to the categories below and one “team spirit” trophy: Highest Fundraising Team Overall, Highest Fundraising Individual, and Highest Fundraising Law Enforcement Team
If you would like to register for the Polar Plunge a link for the event will be listed below or you can contact the Trinidad Police Department for more at information 719-846-2993 ext. 203. For more information, visit https://specialolympicsco.org/event/trinidadplunge/
On February 2, 2021, Officers with the Trinidad Police Department with the assistance of K-9 Murph conducted a traffic stop near the 600 block of Baca Street, with a vehicle containing 4 occupants. Officers located and seized a total of 135 grams of suspected illegal narcotics, illegal pills, a firearm and over $3,000 in cash.
Derrek Sandoval was transported to the Las Animas County Jail and placed on the following charges: Special Offender, Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, Unlawful possession of a controlled substance schedule I, Unlawful possession of a controlled substance schedule II (x3), Possession of weapon by a previous offender, Failed to present insurance upon request and Failed to use turn signal.
Michelle Salazar was also transported to the Las Animas County Jail and placed on the following charges: Special Offender, Possession of weapon by a previous offender, Unlawful possession of a controlled substance schedule I, and Unlawful possession of a controlled substance schedule II.
No further information will be released at this time.
On January 15th, 2021 at approximately 1038 hours Trinidad Police Department Officers were dispatched to Holy Trinity Church for a disturbance. According to the reporting party a funeral was taking place and a male party, later identified as John Beene, would not cooperate with funeral staff.
Upon one Officers arrival Beene became aggressive, shoved the officer and then broke the doors at the church to gain entry. The Officer responded to Beene’s actions at which time Beene became combative.
Beene was tased and eventually taken into custody. One officer received slight injury from the altercation.
It should be noted that Beene was not a family member or friend associated with the funeral.
Beene was ultimately transported to the Las Animas County Jail and placed on the following charges: 2nd Degree Burglary class 4 Felony, interfering with a Funeral class 2 Misdemeanor, Resisting Arrest class 2 Misdemeanor, Obstructing a Peace Officer class 3 Misdemeanor, Harassment class 3 Misdemeanor and Criminal Mischief class 3 Misdemeanor.
No further information will be released.
On January 14, 2021 at 1415hrs the Trinidad Police Department responded to the Western Apartments, located on the 400Blk E North Ave in reference to a male party who had been shot.
Upon arrival officers made contact with 3 female parties and observed a male party inside an apartment with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Through the investigation, statements and evidence were collected that show the male’s wound was self-inflicted and fatal.
No further information will be released or names pending family notification.
On January 14, 2021 around 0122hrs Trinidad Police responded to a residence located on the 1500blk Atchison in reference to a disturbance.
Upon arrival officers made contact with parties engaged in a verbal altercation; one of the parties involved was Patricia Vigil, who wanted the other parties to leave the residence.
During the course of the investigation officers attempted to calm the situation and resolved the issue between all involved, but observed Vigil elbow another party directly in front of them, causing the officers to have to act and take Vigil into custody.
Patricia Vigil was taken into custody for Harassment and Domestic Violence; a class 3 misdemeanor.
Due to the fact the alcohol was involved, Vigil was placed at a detox facility and will later be transported to the Las Animas County Jail.
No further information will be released at this time.
On January 11th, 2021 at 2019 hours Trinidad Police Officers were dispatched to Mt. San Rafael Hospital on the report of a dog bite. Upon arrival officers observed a 4-year-old child who sustained a serve laceration to the left side of the face. The child was transported to Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs for additional medical treatment.
On January 15, 2021 Zara Diaz, owner of the dog, was taken into custody for the following charges: 18-6-401 Child Abuse C4F and 18-9-204.5 Unlawful ownership of a Dangerous dog C1M.
The dog has been seized for the public’s safety.
No additional information will be released about this case.