Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Searches For Armed And Dangerous Suspect

At approximately 9:00 a.m. the Douglas County Investigations and Lakewood Police Department attempted to make contact with a known suspect, Zachary Vela (DOB: 12-05-84), and take him into custody at a residence located in the 10000-blk of Alameda Ave. Lakewood, CO. The suspect was determined not to be at the location at the time of the search.

Vela is a Department of Corrections escapee wanted for a felony parole violation and is suspected in numerous crimes throughout the Denver Metro Area and Douglas County to include vehicle theft, burglary, and vehicle trespasses. Vela has been reported to be armed and dangerous.

Vela was last seen in Lakewood just before 1:00 p.m., driving a stolen red Toyota Tacoma (Lic:VYQ010).

At this time, we would like to ask for the community’s help in locating Vela. If you have any information on his whereabouts or any information that might assist our deputies with taking him into custody please contact us right away at 303-660-7500 or dial 9-1-1. Please do not attempt to contact this suspect. (Vela pictured below)

6’0”, 245 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes