3 face burglary charges in Security
Updated On: Feb 05 2013 06:47:30 PM CST
El Paso County sheriff's deputies and their SWAT team surrounded a home in the 400 block of Aztec Drive in Security on Monday and arrested three burglary suspects.
Deputies initially took nine people into custody from the home. On Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office said three of those individuals were arrested and charged with burglary.
Lt. Jeff Kramer said the incident began with deputies responding to a report of two home burglaries in the area between 9:30 and 10 a.m. He said the description of two suspects and a vehicle were similar at both locations, and the vehicle was seen at the home on Aztec. A gun was taken during one of the break-ins, he said.
Investigators were able to recover some of the stolen property, including the gun.
36-year-old Todd Gregor is charged with First Degree Burglary, Second Degree Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief.
31-year-old Vincent Taijeron is charged with First Degree Burglary, Second Degree Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, and several traffic offenses.
29-year-old Pedro Guerrero is charged with First Degree Burglary, Second Degree Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief and Menacing.
Marilyn Henault, who has lived in the neighborhood for 44 years, watched what happened next.
"(Deputies) ordered the people in the house to come out with their hands up, one at a time, slow, empty-handed," she said. "And we could hear that from their bullhorn."
Henault said two women and three men came out first, but when the remaining three men refused to surrender, the county's SWAT team brought them out peacefully.
"I never saw so many cop cars," said neighbor John Smerz. "It was kind of scary, and they were flying down the road."
The men were handcuffed and told to sit on the lawn of a nearby building. The women were taken to patrol cars. Henault said one woman appeared to be pregnant, and an ambulance treated two other women at the scene.
"Most of us are old-time residents," said Henault. "We raised our kids here. We never had any problems. It's kind of sad to see this happening in our neighborhood."
Widefield High School, Discovery High School and Widefield Elementary School were placed on secured perimeter status during the police activity. The status was lifted around 1 p.m. Secured perimeter means classes run normally inside the school, but no one is permitted in or out of the building.
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