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Suspect in Pueblo home invasion narrowly avoids being shot by police

PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo police say a man who broke into a home on Evans Avenue and told two women to take off their clothes narrowly avoided being shot by officers.

Police were dispatched to a home in the 1100 block of E. Evans Avenue at 9:28 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2013.

Officer Marcus Juliano says that when he arrived he could hear women screaming frantically from inside the house. He also noticed that the front window had been kicked in.

Officer Juliano along with Officer Rich Romero went around to the back of the house where they found another broken window.

The officers forced their way into the dark house and followed the sound of the screams to a bedroom where they found two women and the suspect, identified as Steven Trujillo, 21.

The officers say Trujillo raised his hand as if he were holding a gun, pointed it at the officers, and said "bang bang." The officers, who couldn't tell whether Trujillo had a gun because it was so dark, say they had their weapons drawn and were prepared to shoot Trujillo when they realized the two women were right behind him.

Officers Juliano and Romero put their weapons away and fought with Trujillo to take him down. The officers and Trujillo were all treated at St. Mary Corwin Hospital for minor injuries they suffered during the struggle.

The victims told officers that once inside their bedroom, Trujillo began yelling at them to disrobe while threatening to shoot them. They said they thought they were going to be raped and killed.

Trujillo was later booked into the Pueblo County Jail. He's facing charges for burglary, attempted sexual assault and menacing.

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