Colorado news roundup: Baby sitter accused of robbing bank to pay back stolen money (05.17.16)
Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today:
SEVERANCE, Colo. — A Colorado baby sitter is accused of using two children she was watching to help her rob a bank — a heist allegedly planned to help her pay back money stolen from her employers.
According to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Rachel Einspahr went to the drive through at the Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance on Friday after picking the children up from school. She allegedly sent a note through the vacuum tube demanding money for a man in the back of her SUV threatening to hurt the children. The teller, believing the children were in danger, gave her $500, sheriff’s spokesman Matt Turner said.
The children were not hurt and investigators determined there never was a man in the vehicle with them.
The Greeley Tribune, citing an arrest affidavit, reported Tuesday that investigators believe Einspahr wanted to rob the bank to pay back $15,000 of the money she previously stole under a possible plea agreement. Court documents don’t list who is representing her in the bank robbery case but lawyers who have represented her in the previous cases didn’t return calls seeking comment.
According to the document, Einspahr, who is in jail, wrote the note for the teller on a side street away from the bank and removed her license plates before she went to the drive through. After the robbery, she took the children to a park so she could put the plates back on.
She is scheduled to appear in court in the theft cases on Wednesday, when prosecutors are also expected to file charges against her in the bank robbery.
Police: Golden man stabbed defending home in botched robbery
GOLDEN, Colo. — Police in Golden say a man was stabbed while trying to defend his home from three intruders who broke into the wrong house.
Investigators say the young men were expecting to find $10,000 in cash and drugs inside the home after they knocked on the door around 9 p.m. Monday. Instead, they pushed their way inside after a woman answered and were soon met by her husband, who began fighting with them and grabbed a knife from the kitchen. He was stabbed by a 21-year-old suspect and he also stabbed the suspect. The husband and the suspect are expected to survive.
The wife left the home, where the couple’s two children were asleep in the basement, to make a frantic 911 call from a neighbor’s.
One suspect is still at large.
Police: Driver hits 14 vehicles, steals SUV at crash scene
DENVER — Police say a driver hit five vehicles in suburban Denver, then stole an SUV at the crash scene and drove it a short distance before hitting another nine cars.
Thornton police spokesman Matt Barnes tells The Denver Post the woman, whose name hasn’t been released, sideswiped four vehicles and rear-ended a Cadillac Escalade on Monday afternoon. When the driver of the Escalade got out to check the damage, the woman who caused the crashes jumped into the SUV and drove off.
Barnes says she hit another nine cars at an intersection in nearby Northglenn.
The woman was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation, which will be part of the investigation.
Two drivers, one in Thornton and one in Northglenn, were taken to a hospital. Police have not said why the woman crashed into the vehicles.
Pueblo couple involved in apparent murder-suicide ID’d
PUEBLO, Colo. — Authorities have released the names of a husband and wife who were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Pueblo.
Police Sgt. Ken Espinoza tells The Pueblo Chieftain that investigators believe 48-year-old Kenneth Ramos shot 47-year-old Lisa Ramos at the couple’s home Sunday afternoon before turning the gun on himself.
No other information was released.
The Chieftain reports Kenneth Ramos was well-known in the Pueblo baseball community. He had a lengthy minor league career and played briefly in the majors.
Denver man convicted of first-degree murder in wife’s death
DENVER — A jury has convicted a Denver man of first-degree murder in the death of his wife.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office says jurors deliberated for about two hours Friday before finding 41-year-old Robert Perez guilty of killing Dennielle Leichtle, whose body was found in her home Aug. 20, 2014.
Perez claimed her death was a suicide, but the investigation discounted that and he was arrested two weeks later.
He faces a mandatory term of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced June 2.
Boobies Rock! founder sentenced in separate fraud case
BRIGHTON, Colo. — A man accused of running a fraudulent breast cancer charity has been sentenced in a separate case in which prosecutors say he stole more than $1 million through a scheme involving the sale of donated mattresses.
The Adams County District Attorney’s Office says 36-year-old Adam Shryock was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and four years of probation. He pleaded guilty in March to theft and charitable fraud.
Prosecutors say Shryock collected mattresses returned under a warranty program, claiming they were being donated to Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services and distributed to refugees. He was accused of selling most of the mattresses for profit.
Shryock founded Boobies Rock!, a breast cancer charity that was the target of a 2013 lawsuit from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
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