Crime Stoppers nickname local criminal catcher "Batman"

Emily Allen, Multimedia Journalist /Target 13 Investigator , emily.allen@krdo.com
POSTED: 01:17 PM MDT Apr 19, 2013 
COLORADO SPRINGS. -

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers nicknamed one man a local superhero Friday for his ability to catch Southern Colorado criminals and put them behind bars.

Crime Stopper volunteer Bonnie Johnson nicknamed Michael Olson "Batman." Olson works as a private investigator and owns Rocky Mountain Investigations.

He helps bail bondsmen capture criminals.  After he captured every wanted person for his clients, he decided to tackle Crime Stopper's featured fugitive list.

At first, Johnson was skeptical.

"He says, 'I'll get them.' I said, 'alright, great, thanks. Just be careful,'" said Johnson.

Olson caught three featured fugitives in seven days. He estimates he's caught 14 fugitives in Colorado Springs and surrounding counties during the past three weeks.

"I call him Batman," said Johnson.

Crime Stoppers tried to offer Olson reward money. Olson wouldn't keep the money.  Instead, he asked the money be donated to missing children's funds.

"I have children of my own and I just can't imagine what I would do if my children ended up missing," said Olson.

"It's nice to know there's people like Mike with a good soul who want to clean up the streets of our city," said Johnson.

Johnson said in March, Colorado Springs police received 900 calls. She said people like Olson make law enforcement's job a little easier.

"It's nice to have someone else just go pick up the criminals and take them to the police," said Johnson.

Like batman, Olson stays behind the scenes. He asked NewsChannel 13 to keep his face private because of the nature of his work.

"I've never met him. I don't know what he looks like. I'd be surprised," said Olson. "I wouldn't know him if he walked in now."

Olson uses disguises for work. Despite the nickname, he said he won't strap on a mask or cape anytime soon.