El Paso County Crime

Fountain standoff suspect eludes police Wednesday

Standoff lasts nearly five hours

Fountain standoff ends, suspect not inside house

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - An hours-long standoff at a home in Fountain ended Wednesday afternoon with police discovering the man they were trying to arrest was not inside. 

The standoff happened near the intersection of Comanche Village and Rustique drives on the city's north side.

Officers responded to the scene around 7:30 a.m. when a woman reported that two men were in her home and that one of them was threatening to shoot her. 

Police said the woman and two men are acquaintances.

Alejandro Joseph Gonzalez, 28, was arrested and faces charges of menacing and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  Police believe he pointed a gun at the woman.

Officers thought Diego Eugene Perez, 19, ran to a vacant home but eventually determined that he was not there after spending several hours trying to persuade him to come out, using tear gas and flash-bang devices.

"Woke up to walk the dog and heard police on the loudspeaker," said neighbor Ian Knife.  "They told him to come out with his hands up.  I was worried because I didn't know what was going on."

A group of men was replacing a nearby fence blown down by last month's wind storm when police told the men to temporarily leave the area.

"We're prior military so it didn't bother us," said Roy Decker, one of the workers.  "A little warning on the tear gas would have been nice, though."

Police said that Perez is wanted on an unrelated felony warrant and for questioning about the menacing incident.

The Welte Education Center and Mesa Elementary School were placed on lockdown during the standoff.

If you know where Perez is, you're urged to call Fountain Police at 719-382-4261 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.

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