Kremmling Police nab murder suspect
February 13, 2008
A man wanted on a second-degree murder warrant was arrested Monday night after he rammed his stolen vehicle into a Kremmling police car.
Kremmling resident Antonio Dominguez, 24, is now being held at the Grand County Jail in Hot Sulphur Springs on charges of being a fugitive of justice from a second degree murder charge from El Paso County.
Dominguez was also booked Monday night on several other charges, including first-degree assault of a police officer, first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, driving under the influence, driving after license was under suspension and reckless driving.
According to Kremmling Police Officer Todd Wilson, the incident began Monday evening when an employee of a Kremmling convenience store spotted a man and woman getting into his car that he had left idling.
As the couple began to drive off in the stolen vehicle, the employee ran outside trying to stop them, but then ran back inside to call 911.
Kremmling Police Officer Tom Backer heard the dispatch call about the stolen vehicle. He spotted it traveling on State Highway 9 still within the Kremmling town limits.
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Activating the emergency lights and siren of his patrol car, Officer Backer tried to pull over the stolen car, but it attempted to elude him by driving up a steep roadway near the Ranch River Village trailer park located on the southern side of the town.
However, the road was snow-packed and very icy, which prevented the suspects’ vehicle from climbing to the top.
Officer Backer positioned his patrol car at the bottom of the hill to block the roadway and the stolen vehicle’s escape.
It was then that the suspects put the stolen car in reverse, sped back down the hill and slammed it into the Kremmling patrol car.
Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade and two other Kremmling Police officers arrived on the scene.
Also arriving as back-up was Sgt. Gary Mirose of the Colorado State Patrol.
According to Mirose, the officers on the scene ordered the two suspects out of the stolen vehicle at gunpoint.
The man and woman offered no resistance. They were arrested and taken to the Grand County Jail in Hot Sulphur Springs.
Dominguez was reportedly driving the stolen car. His female passenger was 21-year-old Brettnie N. Martinez of Kremmling. She was booked on charges of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and protection order violation.
No one was injured during the incident.
Officer Wilson described Dominguez as an “on and off” resident of Kremmling who was known to local law enforcement officers following past incidents.
The specifics of the second-degree murder charge filed against Dominguez were not made available by local law enforcement.