Fugitive in custody, more details of events on Thursday’s manhunt
A suspect is in custody after remaining at large from Grand County law enforcement for almost 14 hours. Cody Jason Edward Harris, 25, was wanted for several active warrants from other jurisdictions and was arrested for Vehicular Eluding and possession of a controlled substance by the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department on Thursday, September 15.
According to a press release from FWPPD, a member of the Broomfield Police Department contacted the department on the afternoon of September 14, regarding two identity theft suspects who were en route to the Winter Park area. Officers were informed that the suspects had a hotel room near Winter Park Resort and were returning to the hotel after committing numerous crimes in the Denver area. It was reported that the suspects were driving a silver Dodge Neon with no visible license plates. FWPPD officers were also told that the suspects may be in possession of a firearm stolen from a law enforcement officer’s vehicle.
Officers confirmed that the suspects had in fact rented a room at the Vintage Hotel and set up at the hotel with the intent of taking them into custody when they arrived. At about 6:30 p.m., the vehicle was spotted coming down Berthoud Pass and subsequently went to the parking lot of the motel. The suspects then decided to leave the area at which time FWPPD and Colorado State Patrol Officers attempted to complete a traffic stop on it. The vehicle fled eastbound on US Highway 40 with CSP and FWPPD officers pursuing. At approximately mile marker 234, the State Patrol executed a tactical intervention technique on the vehicle, causing it to spin out of control and leave the highway, rolling down an embankment and coming to rest on its wheels.
Both suspects then fled the scene on foot, running into a heavily wooded area. A 17-year-old female from Colorado Springs subsequently surrendered and was taken into custody on a felony warrant out of Westminster for Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft. She was transported by ambulance to the Middle Park Medical Center for treatment and subsequently released into law enforcement custody.
An extensive ground search began for Harris by the Grand County Emergency Response Team and K-9 teams. The search was suspended at approximately 10:30 p.m. without locating the suspect.
A citizen driving on the Mary Jane road on the morning of Thursday, September 15 alerted police when they saw a suspicious man walking along the road.
FWPPD apprehended Harris around 8:30 a.m. on September 15.
According to Grand County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lt. Dan Mayer, Harris was believed to be hypothermic and was transported to the hospital. Harris stayed somewhere in the woods overnight around Mary Jane and faced a cold, rainy night before being captured.
He is now in the Grand County Jail.
The vehicle in question was stolen from Colorado Springs. It was impounded pending evidence processing.
The following agencies assisted with this investigation and subsequent search: Colorado State Patrol, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Granby Police Department, Kremmling Police Department, United States Forest Service, Grand County Emergency Medical Services, East Grand Fire Department, and security staff from the Winter Park Resort.
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