COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Fountain Police have responded to a number of violent or potentially violent crimes in recent weeks.
In just the last week, there's been at least one murder, one person critically injured in a shooting, shots fired in another neighborhood, and a fugitive on the loose. Last year, there was just one murder in total.
Fountain police were still searching for an armed and dangerous man Monday after he evaded arrest during a traffic stop Sunday. Police say the man they're looking for is Jason Aplin, who has multiple warrants out for his arrest, including aggravated motor vehicle theft warrants and assault on a peace officer.
One person sustained life-threatening injuries in a shooting at the Chancellor Mobile Park off South Santa Fe Avenue on Saturday, according to police. The suspect, 25-year-old Kyle Vanwormer, was arrested on Sunday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The name of the victim has not yet been released.
Police say they responded to shots fired in the 7000 block of Alegre Circle on Friday. No one was hurt. Investigators are still searching for a suspect.
Shelby Drysdale, who lives on the street, says there are non-stop problems:
"There's constantly cops driving up and down the street here," said Drysdale. "There's constantly people getting into fights."
She says a higher police presence could make a difference. "I guess more patrolling would help."
Thursday morning, police responded to a medical call on Patchwork Court. When they got there, police say they found a woman dead with significant injuries. The suspect, 31-year-old Donnell Desmond Bradley, was arrested on Friday and charged with murder. Police have not yet released the name of the victim.
Witnesses say the murder happened at 100 Patchwork Court. Isaic Itomura lives across the street from the home. He says there were children playing in the driveway when police arrived.
"Everything was calm. I mean the dude even walked himself into the cop car," Itomura said.
However, he says he understands how residents could be nervous, amid recent crime in Fountain: "If you're from here, and your general life has only been Fountain and you see a couple deaths or something like that, it might upset that type of person."
Fountain Police say they understand the concern. "Unfortunately we had a homicide. And that's not something that happens every day in Fountain, or even every six months," said Lt. Matt Racine. However, he did add perspective to the recent crimes: "It's just we've had a couple of incidents within a few days of each other... I don't think there's any higher risk in our area than anywhere else."
Fountain police want anyone with information regarding any of these crimes to contact them immediately.