Carjacking in Chaffee County

A car-jacking incident happened over the weekend in Chaffee County.

On April 18, 2020 at approximately 2231 hours The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Salida Police Department, the Buena Vista Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol responded to Hwy 285 and County Road 270 on a report of a car- jacking.

When deputies arrived they learned that two motorists in separate vehicles stopped to help 3 unknown people who had been involved in a one car accident at that location. When they stopped to help they were met by a party in possession of a weapon. One of the motorists was able to drive to safety, however the second motorist was held at gunpoint and then pulled from his vehicle and physically assaulted. The victim was able to escape and the three unknown suspects fled in the victims vehicle.

The vehicle being driven by the suspects that was involved in the accident was found to be a stolen motor vehicle out of New Mexico.

Responding officers searched for the suspects however members of several law enforcement agencies in the San Luis Valley spotted the suspects and the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.

Three suspects were eventually taken into custody and were transported to the Saguache County Detention Facility.

The suspects were identified a:

  • Desirae Montano age 26, residence unknown
  • Joe Ray Anthony Aragon age 20, residence unknown
  • Danny DeHerrera age 20, residence unknown

All three suspects face charges out of Chaffee County ranging from First Degree Assault, Felony Menacing and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft. They also face numerous charges in regards to the motor vehicle accident, the possession of the stolen vehicle out of New Mexico as well as the high speed pursuit.

The victim of the assault was transported to Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center and was in stable condition.

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