Brothers mistaken for Kum & Go robbers get no satisfaction
SILVERTHORNE An internal investigation found no wrongdoing by Silverthorne police in a Feb. 13 incident in which two young men mistakenly were detained in connection with the armed robbery of Kum & Go. They were basically claiming that there was excessive force used, and from our investigation, we could not find anything that would prove that, Silverthorne Police Chief Mark Hanschmidt said Friday. He declined comment regarding the specifics of the incident. The robbery occurred at 101 Ruby Ranch Road at about 10:57 p.m. Feb. 13.Richard Juarez, 17, and his brother Luis Rios, 22 who live in the nearby Villa Sierra Madre apartment complex say they were nabbed from the street, handcuffed, read their Miranda rights and taken to the police department as suspects in the robbery. Juarez filed a complaint, in part because of his treatment while in custody. I just remember he (an officer) hit me a lot of times, he said in an interview Feb. 14 with Summit Daily. But I was really freaked out because I couldnt breathe.While handcuffed and in the back of the police cruiser, Juarez said, he pounded the inside of the door and bumped his head against the window to get officers attention. I was just mad, Juarez said. I didnt do anything.He said officers opened doors on both sides, and one of them tied his feet to the cruisers roof while the other officer grabbed his throat and slapped his head and the side of his face. I got, like, a bunch of bumps in the back of my head, Juarez said. Petra Rios, the brothers mother, said she was present. After officers had entered her residence looking for suspects, she said she was trying to explain her sons innocence. I heard like a slapping. I turned back is when I saw the officer slapping him, she said, adding that she could see one of the officers leaning into the patrol car. The brothers said the right side of Juarezs face was puffy a few hours after the incident. After hearing that no action was being taken following the complaint, Luis Rios recounted his mother saying: A simple apology would do.He said the officers never apologized to him or his brother and that the late-night raid traumatized his siblings, a toddler and an 8-year-old, who had long since gone to bed. They were all sleeping and got woken up by the cops banging on the door, Luis Rios said. He said the family doesnt intend to file any lawsuits or further complaints, but that the incident has made it tough to feel calm on the street. I just feel like I have to keep an extra eye out now, he said, alluding to the otherwise ordinary night in which he suddenly was taken into custody at gunpoint to spend the next three hours with police.Regarding the robbery, Hanschmidt said the three suspects remain on the run.We are still working on this, he said. We do have some really positive leads were following up on.The three are believed to be Hispanic men, two slim and one heavier, aged 17 to 27. Though the department was expecting images of one of the perpetrators caught on a Kum & Go security camera, the footage turned out only to capture images of witnesses. Anyone with information regarding the identity and location of the suspected robbers is encouraged to call Summit County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP. Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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