The very last at-significant member of an auto theft ring which police say stole $3 million in motor vehicles and assets throughout the Denver metro place was captured Friday night through a SWAT operation.
Esequiel “Zeke” Gomez, 33, was taken into custody at the conclude of a four-hour standoff in the 3200 block of West Girard Avenue.
Thirty-12 months-previous Demi Maestas, explained by a law enforcement spokesperson as Gomez’s girlfriend, was the first to emerge from the crawlspace of a home soon after SWAT staff injected tear fuel into it.
The pair held out for an unexpected duration, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Business office spokesperson Ginger Delgado instructed CBS4. The SWAT group could not place a robot into the crawlspace. A law enforcement canine refused to enter it, also.
At some point, Maestas came out and advised officers Gomez was even now inside of.
Gomez was named as the lone suspect nonetheless at significant in May possibly when a Denver grand jury indicted 11 persons for running an arranged crime ring. The group was thought to have stolen at minimum 130 motor vehicles in the metro location, together with camping trailers in which associates of the team lived. They also stole firearms and credit score playing cards in order to assistance their alleged drug patterns.
Associates of the “Plan” are also accused of burglarizing car dealerships and maintenance stores, from time to time making use of a stolen auto to ram their way into a building and steal extra cars. Also, the associates of the team re-programmed following-market place crucial fobs to steal new and substantial-end cars from men and women, in accordance to the announcement from the Denver District Attorney’s Office environment.
The DA’s push launch also mentioned a unique tactic utilized by users of the group to detect police surveillance: The motorists of a groups’ car or truck would travel dangerously in get to “flesh out” law enforcement cars in the area, typically ramming law enforcement cars and driving into oncoming site visitors in their attempt to escape.
Police almost caught up to Gomez and Maestas less than two weeks back. SWAT structured a raid of a residence in the 6600 block of East 69th Avenue in Commerce Metropolis. Law enforcement launched a surveillance video of Gomez fleeing the dwelling, jumping into a stolen automobile and driving absent just forward of a SWAT auto.
Commerce Metropolis PD afterwards said its investigators uncovered amounts of fentanyl and methamphetamine, plus two stolen vehicles, a stolen camper, two stolen assault-type rifles, and property from at minimum 6 unique theft scenes from 4 jurisdictions (Commerce Metropolis, Aurora, Thornton, and Adams County). That property totaled much more than a 50 % million bucks.
Friday’s operation was led by the Colorado Metropolitan Auto Theft Undertaking Drive (CMATT), comprised of personnel from throughout the metro spot. CMATT received help from Denver PD, Commerce Metropolis PD, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Business, and U.S. Marshals.
Gomez was booked into the Jefferson County jail Friday night time. He has exceptional warrants with 8 metro place law enforcement businesses.
Maestas was positioned in the Arapahoe County jail.