Suspicious vehicle call leads to arrest of 2 fugitives

Published on January 28, 2022

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A suspicious vehicle call early Thursday morning in rural Weld County led to the arrest of two fugitives, both Greeley men, wanted for failing to comply with the terms of their parole.

Anthony Bracamontes, 31, and Derek Schiefer, 27, were arrested after deputies were called at 12:44 a.m. Thursday to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 23200 block of Weld County Road 40, about eight miles east of Gilcrest. A homeowner called 911 to report a vehicle had driven up their driveway and parked close to a shop on the property.

The homeowner provided dispatchers with a license plate number of the vehicle, which came back as recently stolen out of Arvada. Deputies responded to the property and began searching for suspects, who were no longer in the stolen vehicle.

Deputies believed the suspects were likely hiding in a large field on the property. They used thermal imaging technology to locate a hotspot off in the distance.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the hotspot while they waited for a K9 team to arrive at the scene. Bracamontes and Schiefer gave up shortly after K9 Loki began tracking the suspects.

Bracamontes and Schiefer were both cold and wet from hiding out in the elements. Both were checked out by medical staff at the scene.

Schiefer was medically cleared and taken to Weld County Jail where he was booked on charges of second-degree trespass and failure to comply with the terms of his parole. Additional charges are pending.

Bracamontes was taken to North Colorado Medical Center for treatment. He had not yet been released from the hospital as of Friday morning.

Bracamontes was wanted by the Colorado Department of Corrections for failing to comply with the terms of his parole stemming from multiple convictions in Garfield in Larimer counties. The first of those cases dates to 2012 when Bracamontes was convicted in Garfield County of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence.

Bracamontes first received a jail sentence in that case and then failed to comply with the terms of his probation on three separate occasions. On Feb. 7, 2019, he was sentenced to three years in prison.

He also was sentenced that day to 18 months and two years in prison for failing to comply multiple times with the terms of his probation stemming from a 2017 burglary conviction and a 2018 theft conviction, respectively. Those additional cases also were out of Garfield County.

One year to the day, and while still in prison, Bracamontes was sentenced on Feb. 7, 2020, to three years in prison following a 2018 Larimer County case for felony possession of a weapon by a previous offender. That case also came with a two-year concurrent sentence for a narcotics charge.

Despite multiple convictions, Bracamontes was transferred on July 31, 2020, to a halfway house in Greeley and then in January 2021 was placed on an ankle monitor. Since June 2021, Bracamontes has picked up four new cases, including assault and drug cases in Weld County and two felony theft cases in Denver.

Schiefer was wanted for a parole violation when he walked out on an Intensive Residential Treatment program after just three hours.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.NoCoCrimeStoppers.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.