Updated: Manhunt suspended, US 40 re-opened near Winter Park Resort
September 14, 2016
U.S. Highway 40 has re-opened and the search has been suspended for a male suspect that is at large somewhere in the area of Winter Park Resort.
A man and woman fleeing Denver area police, and who are wanted in Jefferson County entered the Winter Park Resort area on US Highway 40 near Mary Jane on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 14. Colorado State Patrol and the Fraser/Winter Park police tried to intercept the vehicle on Berthoud Pass, which resulted in a car chase. The suspects crashed their vehicle about half of a mile East of the entrance to Mary Jane and US Highway 40. Officers were able to ping the suspect's cell phone, but the ping responded somewhere in the Denver area, leading officials to believe the man did not have his cell phone with him.
According to Grand County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Lt. Dan Mayer, the man and woman fled from their vehicle on foot near Mary Jane. Officials were able to apprehend the woman but the man is still at large in the Winter Park Resort area. Mayer said the couple was wanted for several crimes including identity theft and burglary.
A section of US Highway 40 from the south entrance of Winter Park to the entrance of Mary Jane was closed while officials searched for the man who is now on foot. The Grand County Emergency Response Team and K9 Unit were called in, and were using infrared lights to search for the man. The search was suspended around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. Mayer said the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department may continue patrolling the area throughout the night, and the situation will be reevaluated in the morning.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.