Pueblo County Crime

Pueblo man arrested for threatening parents with gun

PUEBLO, Colo. -

A man was arrested Friday afternoon after he threatened his parents with a gun when they refused his demands for money.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home in the 23000 block of Iris Road at about 1:30 p.m. for a report of a family disturbance.

When deputies arrived, they talked to a man who said his son, identified as 28-year-old Brian Buffington, came to his home asking for money to pay a debt.

The victim said he and his wife refused to give Buffington money. That's when he entered the home and pulled a gun from his waistband.

The victim said he told Buffington to leave the home or he was going to call the police. Buffington walked out of the house and got into a vehicle, driven by a 21-year-old man, and left the area.

The victim was able to get a license plate number for the vehicle. Pueblo County Sheriff’s communications officers aired the license plate number to sheriff’s deputies who were en route to the call.

Deputies located and stopped the vehicle in a parking lot in the 1700 block of Santa Fe Drive. Authorities reported seeing two men run from the vehicle.

Pueblo Police and the Colorado State Patrol assisted deputies in searching for the two men. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Kenneth Higgins was apprehended in the 800 block of Delta Street in Blende.

Higgins told deputies he gave Buffington a ride to the home and was not aware of the threats Buffington had made to his parents. Higgins was arrested on several outstanding warrants and booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

Colorado State Patrol Troopers located Buffington in a field just east of the 1800 block of Lacrosse Avenue and took him into custody without incident.

Deputies recovered a black handgun that was in the vehicle where Buffington had been sitting. The gun was later determined to be an air-soft gun.

Buffington was arrested on aggravated robbery, a restraining order violation and indecent exposure. He was booked into Pueblo County jail.

An investigation is ongoing.


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