Fugitive Arrested After Remains of 3 People Are Found in Colorado

November 20, 2020 

A man wanted on homicide charges in connection with the recent discovery of the skeletal remains of three people in a remote Colorado town was arrested on Thursday at a motel in Gallup, N.M., the authorities said.

The man, Adre Jordan Baroz, 26, of Sanford, Colo., was arrested without incident after a manhunt and was to be taken to the McKinley County Detention Center in Gallup, about 140 miles west of Albuquerque, near the Arizona border, the authorities said.

Mr. Baroz, who goes by the nickname Psycho, faces charges in Colorado of first-degree homicide, first-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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Adre Jordan BarozCredit...Colorado Bureau of Investigation, via Associated Press

Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Colorado Springs found Mr. Baroz in Gallup, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. It did not elaborate.

He was arrested one day after the authorities said they were searching for him in connection with the discovery last week of the remains of three people in Los Sauces, a tiny town in Conejos County, Colo., near the New Mexico border, about 270 miles northeast of Gallup.

The authorities have not said how they connected Mr. Baroz to the remains, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said the warrant charging him with homicide had been sealed.

Colorado law enforcement officials said they had discovered the first set of remains on Nov. 10 after they went to a property near Los Sauces to execute a search warrant for stolen vehicles and equipment. That discovery led them to more remains on a nearby property, on Nov. 13.

Officials declined to describe the properties, but said they were not owned by Mr. Baroz.

George Dingfelder, the chief of police in Monte Vista, Colo., said on Wednesday that a forensic anthropologist had confirmed that the remains were human. But the authorities said they did not know how the people had died, how old they were, their gender or how long the remains had been on the properties.

Chief Dingfelder said it could takes weeks or months to identify the victims.

At a news conference on Wednesday, law enforcement agents had warned that Mr. Baroz could be armed and said they were working urgently to take him into custody. They said they had set up a hotline to collect tips and had formed a task force to investigate the case.

“It is imperative that we get this individual off the street,” Ken Anderson, the chief of police in Alamosa, Colo., said at a virtual news conference on Wednesday. “When I say he’s a danger to the community, I mean exactly that — he’s a danger.”

Officials said the discovery of the remains had shaken people in Conejos County, which is home to about 8,000 residents, many of them farmers and ranchers.

“Obviously, we don’t see cases like this very often,” Chief Anderson said.

Los Sauces is home to about 25 people and has no businesses and only one road leading to it, according to Larry W. Crowder, the state senator who represents the area.

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